Sep 16, 2017
Huntington Beach, Calif. - It has been a coming out party for freshman quarterback Joe Pyle the last two games. Last week, he torched Riverside on the ground, but today he lit up Chaffey (1-2) through the air en route to a 27-6 victory Saturday afternoon at home.
Pyle has proven to be a true dual-threat quarterback since taking over the starting role. Against Riverside last Saturday, Pyle put the team on his back and rushed for 127 yards and 2 touchdowns. This afternoon, on the other hand, Pyle relied on his arm going 27-37 with 250 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Xavier Smith was chosen by Pyle as his primary target throughout the game. The freshman from Kansas City posted a breakout performance hauling in 10 receptions for 117 yards and 2 touchdowns. It was almost impossible to tackle Smith after catching the ball off the bubble screen as he broke for multiple big gains as long as 26 yards.
Thanks to another dominating defensive performance, Chaffey quarterback Jordan Velarde and the rest of the offense was never able to get into a groove. Velarde was intercepted three times in the first half resulting in him not seeing the field after halftime. Golden West freshman Marquel Johnson picked off Velarde twice showing his defensive prowess to go along with his skills as a kick/punt returner.
While the offense and defense thrived, special teams showed why they are called special. Like how Pyle has shown his skills as a dual-threat quarterback, James Baldwin III has put everyone on notice that he is a dual-threat punter. Baldwin was called to punt five times netting 176 total yards and placing 3-of-5 punts inside the 20-yard-line. The moment that showed Baldwin as a dual-threat punter was late in the second quarter. Baldwin ran a fake punt 13 yards for a first down, which led to Saul Rodriquez's 42 yard field goal with one second left on the clock.
Next Saturday, your Rustlers (2-1) are on the road at Cerritos (1-2); game time is 7 p.m. The next home game is one week later, a tough matchup against Long Beach City on campus at 1 p.m.
written by: Kyle Infante, PA Announcer