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Elsinore And Temescal Canyon Advance In Varsity Football Playoffs

Coach Tony Peralta's Elsinore varsity football team heated things up with a 55-7 win over the visitors from Colton in first round playoff action for the CIF-SS Inland Division, while Coach Mike Sands’ Titans claimed a 21-3 victory in Palm Springs.

Elsinore High School

With their 55-7 win Friday night at home against the Colton Yellowjackets in the first round of the CIF Southern Section playoffs, Elsinore High School Tigers football is looking to repeat a roll that began in 2010.

for the first time in the school’s history, and last year they advanced in the playoffs.

With a 4-1 record and a second-place finish in Sunbelt League play this year and an overall season record of 7-3 before Friday’s win, chances are good.

The team’s only three losses were against Otay Ranch, Murrieta Valley, and a heartbreaker last Nov. 2 at Heritage, 37-20.

Coach Tony Peralta’s Tigers have some stars on the team. Through Nov. 2, statistical leaders for Elsinore this year include:

-- Junior quarterback Tommy Wilson – 63 of 111 on pass completions for 910 yards, nine touchdowns, and seven interceptions.

--Most of the Tiger’s ground-gaining action has been coming from the running back duo of senior Allan Stubbs and junior Shane Pico. Stubbs leads the team with 1,130 yards on 154 carries while Pico has a slightly better yards-per-carry average (7.83 versus 7.34) with 986 yards on 126 carries. Stubbs leads with 13 rushing touchdowns with Pico scoring ten. Stubbs is also Wilson’s primary receiver hauling in 24 catches thus far for 292 yards and two touchdowns. Scoring honors go to Stubbs and Pico with 90 and 60 points, respectively.

--The Tiger’s long-distance weapon this year is senior Noah Paculba who caught a 59-yard TD pass against Otay Ranch on Aug. 31 and the following week had one rushing play for 60 yards against Diamond Ranch. 

--Defensively, star players include the trio of Paculba, junior linebacker Ryan Laverdiere and senior Terry Adams. They are each averaging over nine tackles per game. Adams is season-leader in interceptions with three, while Laverdiere leads in the category of fumble recoveries with two and blocked field goals with one. 

--In addition, defensive backs senior Kevin Gatrost and Laverdiere along with junior defensive lineman Tristan Corwin are the leading sack-men, the nightmare of opponents’ quarterbacks.

--Junior Mitchell Patten has successfully blocked two punts.

--Stubbs and Adams take care of the Tiger’s punting duties, and Adams had one 58-yard punt and has six punts downed inside the 20-yard line.

Nov. 16 the Tigers take on Rancho Verde Moreno Valley in the second round of playoff action.

Patch was at Friday night's game against Colton. Here is the play-by-play scoring:

1st Quarter

Allan Stubbs 2-yard rushing TD; Diego Lopez PAT good

Elsinore 7, Colton 0

Shane Pico 16-yard rushing TD; PAT no good

Elsinore 13, Colton 0

2nd Quarter

Jordan Ah'honi 43-yard rushing TD; Jordan Huesca PAT good

Elsinore 13, Colton 7

Allan Stubbs 23-yard rushing TD; Diego Lopez PAT good

Elsinore 20, Colton 7

Terry Adams 8-yard rushing TD; 2-point conversion good (Tommy Wilson pass to Ryan Laverdiere)

Elsinore 28, Colton 7

Tommy Wilson 34-yard TD pass to Chris Harris; Diego Lopez PAT good

Elsinore 35, Colton 7

3rd Quarter

Tommy Wilson 14-yard TD pass to Anthony Sevilla; PAT no good

Elsinore 41, Colton 7

4th Quarter

Tommy Wilson 25-yard TD pass to Chris Harris; Diego Lopez PAT good

Elsinore 48, Colton 7

Jacob Guglielmana 25-yard rushing TD; Diego Lopez PAT good

Final Score: Elsinore 55, Colton 7

Temescal Canyon High School

Temescal Canyon High School Coach Mike Sands’ Titans football team is hopeful their 21-3 win Friday night at Palm Springs in the first round of the Southern Section playoffs is a sign of games to come.

Finishing Sunbelt League play as the number-three team, Temescal Canyon will need to rely on its prime running back, senior Dawson Lindeman and quarterback junior Sean Trimble, who have over 1,000 rushing yards between them.

Lindeman leads the team with 12 touchdowns.

Interspersed with the ground game, Trimble regularly finds junior Marcus Kirkpatrick open down field for receiving yards. Through Nov. 2, Kirkpatrick is credited with 300 yards and two touchdowns.

There is some defensive balance on the other side of the ball as seven Titans players have over 50 tackles each. These include--in order of tackles: Lindeman, senior Josh Cohen, senior Tylar George, junior Jacob Zinda, senior Chase Patton, senior Grant Gooselaw and junior Christopher Morales.

Other significant statistics include Kirkpatrick’s five interceptions and Lindeman’s two blocked field goals and one blocked punt. Zinda has received six kickoffs, with one for a 49-yards return. Senior Andrew Veazey handles most of those duties taking 14 kickoffs for 155 yards.

Lindeman is far and away the Titans scoring leader with 72 points. Senior kicker Brandon Chavez has contributed 18 PATs and three field goals this year.

Before winning Friday night’s game in Palm Springs, Temescal Canyon’s last playoff game was two seasons ago when they lost to a tough Serrano team 14-0 in the first round.  Fans are hoping for a return to a finish at least as good as the 2006 squad that nearly won it all, losing a close one to Temecula’s Chaparral 24-19.

Nov. 16 the Titans take on Kaiser Fontana in the second round of playoff action.

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