Coming off a 54-0 win over Tornillo, they were confident that it was time to swing the bigger boys. However, Riverside had other thoughts.
Jose Guardado of Riverside scored on 2 separate occasions, from 55 & 50, and a 31 pass play from Angel “Speedy” Muñoz to Francisco Luna (and Jonathan Reyes’ extra points also), helped the Rangers quickly jump out to a 21-0 lead with 6:13 still left in the 1st quarter.
After a couple of fumbles by both teams, it stayed that was until the 7:17 mark when Muñoz broke free and scampered 47 yards, to make it 27-0 as the extra point was missed. Riverside was looking to take complete command and needed to put a 99 yard drive together, but instead, Cathedral’s Josh Bowling, stopped that all from happening and recovered a fumble as the Irish took over. That’s when Riverside’s Derek Vasquez decided to show his hops, leaped and picked off a pass to end the Irish threat and it would stay a 27-0 game at halftime.
Muñoz capped off to open the 2nd half scoring with a 1 yard run. A little over a minute later, as the Cathedral was doing their best to lose the zero and put together a strong drive, but Riverside’s Alfredo Sigala batted a pass down into his own hands and returned it 23 yards making it 41-0, including the XP with 9:13 still in the 3rd.
There were a couple of possession changes in the 3rd after that, and in just under 7 minutes later (from the previous scoring play), Muñoz connected with Chris Carrillo, and although the XP was missed, the score was already one sided after 3, 48-0.
In the 4th, Carrillo was able to get into the end zone, and with Reyes on, he made it 54-0. Cathedral rounded out the scoring as Francisco Uriarte found Gabriel Warnock from 5 yards out to help break the shut out, and Uriarte tacking on 1, that rounded out the scoring, and the final on Tom Work Field at Riverfront Stadium was 54-7.
Riverside (2-0) travels to Ysleta, who just held on for a 35-34 win at the SAC against Socorro next week and Cathedral (1-1) travels to Fabens who easily defeated Tornillo tonight, 60-7.
Paul Torres Reporting