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Irvine's Jonathan Garcia runs with the ball for a first down against Rim of the World Jeremy Cote during the first half of Friday's game.

Irvine finishes strong behind Carter, defense

STAFF WRITER

IRVINE – After a sluggish first half, Irvine dominated the second half to defeat Rim of the World, 44-24, in a nonleague game Friday night at Irvine.

The Vaqueros (1-1) outscored Rim of the World, 24-6, in the second half.

Irvine quarterback Joseph Carter led the charge, throwing three touchdowns and passing for 233 yards while Brent Miller and Curtis Jackson scored two touchdowns each.

The Irvine defense also had four interceptions.

Irvine led, 20-18, at halftime despite being plagued by 90 yards in penalties. Irvine was able to reduce its penalties in the second half. The Vaqueros were flagged for 35 yards in the second half and put forth a better effort in all aspects.

Rim of the World (0-2) was victimized by six turnovers and 130 yards in penalties in the game. But quarterback Jimmy Schroeder kept the Scots in the game, passing for 184 yards and two touchdowns.

Irvine came out determined in the third quarter and worked the ball to the Rim of the World 3-yard line.

On the next play, Miller scored to put the Vaqueros ahead, 27-18, with 8:06 left in the third quarter.

Rim of the World came right back on the ensuing kickoff when Raul Victoria bolted 87 yards on the kickoff to close the gap to 27-24.

Irvine answered with three consecutive scores to put the game away.

First, Jackson hauled in a 4-yard touchdown pass with 1:33 remaining in the third quarter to give Irvine a 34-24 lead.

In the fourth quarter, the Vaqueros took a 41-24 lead when Carter hit Jonathan Garcia on a 16-yard touchdown pass. Irvine sealed the victory on a 37-yard field goal by Jacob Yi with 4:33 left in the game.

The Vaqueros looked like they would roll to a victory when they jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter before Rim of the World cut the lead to 13-12.

Contact the writer: tburt@ocregister.com


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