Tigers ride the Mustangs to victory

San Jacinto Tigers defeated West Valley Mustangs on Friday, 50-nil

Photos by Corey Evan/The Valley Chronicle
The San Jacinto Tigers pose for a photo after riding West Valley 50-nil. Can you spot the Mustang photobomb?

■ By Corey Evan / Sports Reporter

Whoever said pink is the new black knew what they were talking about! As West Valley High School’s football team made their way to San Jacinto High School to do battle with the fighting Tigers, plenty of pink could be found around Tiger Stadium! With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, that shouldn’t surprise anyone.
As the game got underway, it quickly became apparent that orange also goes well with pink: freshman Kajiya Hollawayne only needed one minute to bring in the first touchdown of the evening for San Jacinto, with senior Kevin Maria following him up with the extra point. Eight minutes later, junior Martin Graise brought in another one for the Tigers, followed by a successful two-point conversion. That was just the first quarter, mind you!
Second quarter saw Graise slip past the Mustangs four minutes in to bring in the Tigers’ third TD, helped by a Mustang penalty for encroachment…and the extra point kick which followed. At the 2:12 mark, BJ Davis helped the Tigers along with their fourth TD of the night. This was followed by Kevin Maria with the extra point. With 21 seconds in it, junior Wayne Thomas intercepted a Mustang pass to take in a fifth. And only 15 seconds later, sophomore Jordan McFrazier brought in a sixth TD! But in the midst of this, Mustang Isaiah Bolden took an injury.
Halftime saw Tiger cheerleaders and marching band players showing fans that it’s hip to be square, using PVC cubes as visual aids in their attempt. Mustang cheerleaders would join the tiger cheerleaders on the home side, proving the two breeds could get along after all!

Cheerleaders from both teams gather at halftime, sporting pink in support of breast cancer research.

While there was plenty of action on the field from both teams in the third quarter, it didn’t reflect on the scoreboard – neither team scored.
Sophomore Erick Santiago would stir up the SJ crowds in quarter four with the Tigers’ seventh TD, followed by the extra point. By now there was no doubt this would prove to be the Tigers’ night, winning 50-nil.
Coach Aric Galiano was pleased with his boys today, but knows room for improvement still exists. “We’ve gotta clean this thing up, and get this thing going in league. This is our first step, next week we have Hemet and…we’re excited for it.”
At the moment, San Jacinto are 4-2 for the season, whereas the Mustangs have yet to get a win this season…but the future is always looking bright!
SJHS would like to thank the Soboba Foundation and the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians for their continued support for the Tigers and all the young athletes of the San Jacinto Valley!

Elsewhere in football:
The Tahquitz Titans traveled to Perris to take on the Citrus Hill Hawks, and were beaten 56-13. Tomorrow they will play host to the Beaumont Cougars, and are hopeful they can get their third win of the season.
The Hemet Bulldogs got clawed by the Beaumont Cougars, losing 24-7. The Bulldogs are 2-4 for the season, so practicing hard will be vital as they prepare for tomorrow’s big game. Don’t miss our coverage of the “Battle for the Bell 2017” between Hemet and San Jacinto in next week’s edition of The Valley Chronicle!

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