Rio Mesa 21, Santa Clara 8--Senior tailback Gordy Abellera’s 80-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter sealed the win at Rio Mesa. Abellera had 133 yards in 12 carries.
Rio Mesa scored on Santa Clara’s first possession when defensive linemen Jamie Luevano and Paul Santellano sacked Saint quarterback Chris Macias in the end zone for a safety. Macias, although completing 15 of 28 passes for 188 yards, was under constant pressure as Rio Mesa’s defensive line, led by Luevano, Santellano, Jose Escudero and Jim Starr, sacked him 11 times for losses of 57 yards.
Rio Mesa quarterback Andy Contreras, who finished the Spartans’ scoring on a one-yard run, connected on six of 10 passes for 57 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown pass to Josh Severn early in the second quarter.