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Saddleback can't keep up with Aquinas

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

SANTA ANA – Sophomore Jacob Roa had eight receptions for 164 yards and a touchdown, but it wasn’t enough as Saddleback fell to Aquinas of San Bernardino, 44-7, in its final nonleague game Friday night at the Santa Ana Sports Complex.

The visiting Falcons (3-2) struck first on a 42-yard pass from Courtland Boucher to Miguel Flores with 14 seconds remaining in the first quarter to take a 7-0 advantage, capping a six-play, 96-yard drive that went 3:37.

Aquinas took a 10-0 lead after a 26-yard field goal by Roy Mendoza with 9:53 left in second quarter to conclude a four-play, 48-yard series that lasted 2:20.

The Roadrunners (3-2) were limited to 58 total yards in the first half and advanced only as far as the Aquinas 38.

Saddleback cut the deficit to 10-7 on its first possession of the third quarter when Osvaldo Zuno connected with Roa on a 83-yard pass.

Zuno completed 11 of 27 passes for 177 yards with two interceptions.

But Aquinas scored 34 consecutive points while rolling up 376 yards in the second half. Boucher went 5-for-8 passing for 230 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. Branden Rankins had a game-high 221 yards on 22 carries.


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