Tesoro played a great game for three quarters, then let Ontario Colony get in position to tie the score in the final two minutes. The Titans held on, but it got a little dicey during their fourth quarter meltdown.
Score: Tesoro 42, Ontario Colony 34
Key Stats: Jon Rivera rushed for 93 yards and two touchdowns, of 5 and 14 yards.
Pivotal Moment: After taking a 42-12 lead with 9:42 left in the game, Tesoro started thinking about the bus ride home. Colony pulled within 42-34—that’s a touchdown and two-point conversion—when it attempted an onside kick. With all the momentum in Colony’s favor—it had scored three TDs and two two-point conversions in the fourth quarter—Tesoro recovered the onside kick with 1:46 remaining. Big relief.
Quotable: "I think we were just at ease with where the game was at that point and you could just see we weren't playing with the same energy," THS Coach Matt Poston told the Orange County Register about the fourth quarter letdown.
Records: Tesoro (3-1), Colony (1-3)
Notes: Devon Modster passed 20 yards to Jeff Webster to give the Titans a 42-12 lead with 9:42 left in the game. … Modster passed for two touchdowns, including a 6-yard pas to Jake Smeltzer. ... Wes McQuaid rushed for 66 yards, including a 28-yard TD to open the scoring. ... Michael Mackesy scored from 1 yard for the Titans, giving them a 35-6 lead. ... Tesoro plays at Temecula Chaparral (2-1) next week. ... After getting pummeled physically by Chino Hills last week, this could have been a devastating loss if the Titans had not held on. Under first-year coach Matt Poston, expect Tesoro to learn from the complacency of the fourth quarter. ... Tesoro is ranked 10th in the Orange County Poll.