Mesa's Defense Can't Contain Rancho Verde in 59-16 Loss

Murrieta Mesa coaches address their players after Friday's loss at Rancho Verde High School.  By Aaron Rachman In a tough nonl...

Murrieta Mesa coaches address their players after Friday's loss at Rancho Verde High School. 
By Aaron Rachman

In a tough nonleague game, Murrieta Mesa High School couldn't stop the Rancho Verde offense in a 59-16 loss Friday night.

Rancho Verde (2-0) was led by senior quarterback Sheriron Jones, who has already signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Florida next year. Jones passed for 320 yards and three touchdowns.

"He's a very good athlete", Mesa coach Justin Schaeffer said about Jones. "He controls the game very well. We didn't get to him. But he's got a lot of good athletes around him."

Schaeffer said one bright spot for his team was that it ran the ball well. McKinley Ross rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown, while junior quarterback Peyton Uhl passed for 137 yards and rushed for a touchdown in the game.

The coach was also very impressed with junior kicker Mateo Thompson (left), who nailed a 53-yard field goal early in the first quarter. This broke the school record, which Thompson held when he kicked a 52-yard field goal last season.

"We ran the ball really well," Schaeffer said. "McKinley Ross has just played fantastic. We've just got to think about what we can do better. We've got to tackle a lot better and catch the football.

"I was hoping we were going to play some serviceable defense. I knew our offense could move the ball. We were hoping we could contain them, slow them down. You're not going to stop them; they have a lot of really good athletes. But we didn't slow them down."


Next week, Mesa puts its 1-1 record on the line in a nonleague game against Tahquitz in Hemet.



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