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MIKE GREENE, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Tesoro's Jon Rivera rushes behind the line during a CIF-SS Pac-5 Division first-round football game against Cabrillo on Friday at Tesoro.

Tesoro rushes past Cabrillo

OCVARSITY.COM

LAS FLORES – When Cabrillo of Long Beach and Tesoro traded touchdowns in the opening 2:29 of Friday's game, it looked as if a back-and-forth shootout might be brewing in the first round of the CIF-SS Pac-5 Division playoffs.

But eventually the Tesoro defense started getting stops, a feat the visiting defense couldn't match.

The Titans' offense just kept rolling along to a 49-32 victory at Tesoro High.

Senior running back Jon Rivera shouldered the load for Tesoro as the Titans pounded Cabrillo's defense. Rivera carried 30 times for 257 total yards and five touchdowns, four of which came in the first half.

“He's all right,” Tesoro coach Matt Poston joked about Rivera after the game.

“Jonny can be an absolute workhorse. He carried the load tonight; the line was making huge gashes for him to get through.”

Rivera's touchdowns all came from fewer than 10yards out, but he had no trouble breaking big runs, racking up eight carries of 10 yards or more.

“Coming into this game we knew we had to establish the run game,” Rivera said. “The offensive line knew that, and they came out and played absolutely great.”

Tesoro quarterback Devon Modster passed for 189yards, including touchdown strikes to Jake Smeltzer and Jeff Webster.

Tesoro's reward for its dominant performance: a shot at top-seeded St. John Bosco in the quarterfinals.

“If you want to be the best, you've got to beat the best, you know,” Poston said. “And if you want to try to win a CIF title you're probably going to run into Bosco at some point so what the heck, we'll go up there and give them everything we've got and see what happens.”

Tesoro didn't punt in the first half, scoring on five of seven first-half drives for a 35-18 lead. The Titans' only drives not ending in a score were because of a Rivera fumble and a kneel-down at the end of the half.

Cabrillo (4-7) scored twice in the final 2:20.

Jaguars quarterback Kaelon Price passed for 289 yards and rushed for another 67.

He scrambled for two scores and threw for scores to Jerin Scroggins and Rico Martin.

Contact the writer: jwilkinson@ocregister.com


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