After nearly five decades of frustration, and losing, this might have been the year Moorpark High finally was going to beat archrival Carpinteria.
The Musketeers had a winning record, a pair of offensive stars in quarterback Robert Hernandez and running back Tony Upshaw--and a chance to win.
Or maybe not.
Carpinteria, which fielded its usual powerhouse team, made like Carpeteria and rolled over Moorpark, 43-10, Friday night in a Tri-Valley League game at Moorpark.
The victory was the Warriors’ 49th in a row over the Musketeers and gave them a 53-3 edge in this series dating to 1923.
Quarterback Coley Candaele and tailback Jose Hernandez led the way for Carpinteria.
Candaele completed six of 16 passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Jose Hernandez ran 17 times for 123 yards and also scored twice. In all, the Warriors piled up 374 yards in offense.
Moorpark’s offense consisted almost exclusively of Upshaw, who ran 18 times for 161 yards and his team’s only touchdown. Robert Hernandez didn’t help much, completing just eight of 20 for 29 yards and throwing an interception.
This one was over almost as soon as it began. Back to punt midway through the first quarter, Robert Hernandez couldn’t snare a high snap.
Carpinteria’s Robert Villa recovered the fumble and Izak Ondre scored on a three-yard run. Three plays later, the Moorpark quarterback fumbled on a running play and Villa recovered again. Candaele then threw a 24-yard screen pass to Jose Hernandez.
More of the same followed in the second quarter. The Warriors drove 94 yards in 13 plays and capped the march with a 22-yard touchdown pass from Candaele to B. J. Shamblin.
The score was 21-0 at halftime.
“We just had a couple mistakes, they scored and that killed us,” Robert Hernandez said.
Carpinteria added three touchdowns in the second half. Upshaw ruined the shutout when he dashed 74 yards for a touchdown with five minutes to play.