The Wildcats are 1-0 and Eager to Take on Oregon’s 13thRanked Team
Paloma Valley soundly defeated JW North on opening night last Friday evening, running away with a 28-12 victory over the Huskies. This week the Wildcats will host a team traveling south from Oregon to check out the competition in California. The Cavaliers from Clackamas are ranked 13th in the state and had a record of 9-3 in 2013 before losing in the Oregon State quarter finals.
The Wildcats got ready for their out of state visitors by dominating JW North last week. Junior quarterback Raine Pohoku Kaheaku-Paivacompleted 12 of 18 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns. His back up Jake Newton also threw a TD pass against the Huskies.
Receiver Jacob Diaz caught five passes for 103 yards. David Hamilton caught two touchdown passes and Demarco Prewitt caught another. Prewitt was also the Wildcats leading rusher with 38 yards on the ground.
“I thought it was a good win” said Paloma Valley Head Coach Bert Esposito. “Both teams were not sharp at all so coming away with a win was huge. A lot of sloppiness all around. We have a lot of work to do”.
Paloma Valley took full advantage of special team mistakes made by JW North early in the contest. The Wildcats got great field position and capitalized on the Huskies errors. Paloma Valley scored 21 points in the first quarter and never looked back.
“There were lots of good things on both sides of the ball so that was a plus. Offensively we will be alright once we fix some personnel issues and discipline issues” said Esposito. “Defense had many good moments, but again, we killed ourselves with penalties that kept drives alive. Mose Herrera was outstanding at Defensive End”.
The Cavaliers will open their season against the Wildcats. Clackamas is deep with talented receivers and has much of its tough defensive squad returning from last years team. They are eager to prove that Oregon football is just as tough and on par with California.