September 24, 2017
ANAHEIM – Savanna’s football team hasn’t had trouble scoring this season and that was the case again in the Rebels’ 42-7 victory over Costa Mesa in a nonleague game Saturday at Glover Stadium.
The Mustangs couldn’t contain Savanna’s speed, particularly the speed of running back Carlos Hernandez, who had touchdown receptions of 31 and 87 yards.
The Rebels improved to 3-1 with one nonleague game remaining.
For Costa Mesa (3-2), the defeat came in their final nonleague game.
The Rebels, who have scored at least 35 points in their three victories, scored touchdowns on their first three possessions and five of six possessions in the first half to take a 35-0 lead.
“The kids have been playing their butts off,” said Tom Ricci, the Rebels’ first-year coach. “It’s great to watch.
“In the paper it said we were going to struggle to win games. I told the kids we weren’t going to struggle to win games. They are going to have trouble stopping us.”
The 87-yard score came with one second left in the first half when quarterback Ryley Smith threw a short pass to Hernandez, who then cut up the middle of the field and raced past several defenders on his way to the end zone.
“It just came at the right time,” Ricci said of the play. “They (the Mustangs) were bringing the house.”
Smith was involved in four of Savanna’s touchdowns.
In addition to his two touchdown passes to Hernandez, Smith scored on a pair of 3-yard runs.
The scored stayed 35-0 into the fourth quarter, invoking a running clock for the remainder of the game, and the only question that remained was whether the Rebels would come away with the shutout.
Costa Mesa was positioned to get on the board, facing a second-and-goal from the 7 with just under eight minutes remaining. But sophomore defensive back Isaiah Belvins intercepted Ben Swanson’s pass in the end zone and returned it 106 yards for a touchdown.
Swanson finally got the Mustangs on the board, scoring on a 2-yard run with just under two minutes remaining.