The Mission Prep football team got a small measure of revenge for losing last season’s CIF-Southern Section Northeast Division championship game by beating Rio Hondo Prep 24-21 Friday night.
The Royals (1-1) have seen plenty of the Kares the past two seasons. After defeating Rio Hondo Prep in the 2012 regular season, Mission Prep was upset in the championship game, 28-21.
Mission Prep jumped out to a 24-0 lead in the second quarter behind three touchdown passes from Patrick Miller and barely held off the Rio Hondo Prep (1-1) comeback.
Miller completed 7 of 14 passes for 89 yards and an interception. Evan Talbert had two touchdown receptions and finished with three catches for 34 yards. Patrick Laird had 41 rushing attempts for 229 yards.
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Johnny Boliger led Rio Hondo Prep with three touchdown passes on 13-of-27 passing for 206 yards and one interception. Boliger’s 58-yard score in the fourth quarter brought the visiting Kares to within one score, but Rio Hondo Prep ran out of time.
Mission Prep outgained Rio Hondo Prep 311-221. The Royals’ run defense held the Kares to 24 yards on 19 carries, with 15 yards coming on Nate Tayco’s touchdown in the third quarter.
Pioneer Valley 44, Templeton 0
The Eagles (0-2) were shut out for the second week in a row. No information was reported to The Tribune by the Templeton coaching staff.