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DIVISION XIYucca Valley 25, Paraclete 15--James Cunningham...

DIVISION XI

Yucca Valley 25, Paraclete 15--James Cunningham ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns to lift the Trojans in a Division XI quarterfinal game at Yucca Valley.

With Paraclete leading, 15-12, Cunningham capped a 12-play, 65-yard drive by scoring from one yard with 2:57 remaining.

He would later score from three yards after Kevin Lesko intercepted a pass by Paraclete’s Sean Fraser and returned it 15 yards to the Spirits’ 25.

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Cunningham ran for 23 yards and scored on the following play to put the game away with 59 seconds remaining.

The Trojans (6-6) rushed for 310 yards, Cunningham finishing with 111 yards in 23 carries.

Yucca Valley’s Darrell Brown opened the scoring with a 65-yard touchdown run in the second quarter for a 6-0 lead.

Paraclete (8-4) got on the board soon afterward, when Cunningham mishandled a punt and was tackled for a 20-yard loss. Dominic Washington gave the Spirits a 7-6 lead when he scored on a one-yard run with 25 seconds left in the first half.

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Brown came back with a 33-yard touchdown run nine seconds into the fourth quarter to increase Yucca Valley’s lead to 12-7.

The Spirits responded with Jesse Loa catching a 31-yard touchdown pass from Fraser, and a two-point conversion gave Paraclete a 15-12 lead.


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