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Orange's Cole too punishing for Santiago

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

ORANGE - Tymahj Cole rushed for 196 yards and three touchdowns, carrying Orange to a 28-0 victory over Santiago Friday night at El Modena High.

The Panthers (1-2) earned their first victory of the season while their offense displayed a bruising running attack on the shoulders of Cole, totaling 341 yards on the ground.

“I played the best that I can, and that’s all that my team can ask for,” Cole said after recognizing the efforts of his team, and its first victory.

Santiago, winless this season, gained just 153 total yards, stopping itself most of the time during critical red-zone situations.

Ruben Prieto was 8-of-21 passing for 88 yards and two interceptions, while the Cavaliers (0-3) struggled to make big plays.

A determined Cole broke tackles all night, including a 26-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter that increased the Panthers’ lead to 21-0 after Angel Ramos’ kick.

Cole energized the Orange fans at the end of the first half. Facing fourth-and-19 with less than a minute on the clock, Cole, who broke at least four tackles, escaped for a 32-yard touchdown run. Ramos’ kick increased Orange’s lead to 14-0.


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