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Walnut Football Suffers Third Consecutive Loss 46,20

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Walnut High School prepares to battle Claremont at home

The Mustangs prepare to play Claremont at home on Friday.

Despite throwing a touchdown and running for two other scores, senior quarterback Chris Mendez and his Mustang teammates were unable to overcome four second half scores by visiting Claremont High.

The Wolfpack jumped all over Walnut High School en route to a 46-20 non-league win at Ken Gunn Stadium Friday night.

Claremont’s sophomore running back Cecil Fleming burned the Mustangs (0-3) on scoring runs of 15 and 25 yards and also caught a 77-yard touchdown pass from Claremont quarterback Gabe Schaper in the second quarter of play.

After falling behind on the scoreboard 21-7 following Fleming’s long touchdown catch, Mendez brought the Mustangs to within eight, as he called his own number on a five-yard run.

Unfortunately for Walnut, that would be the last time they would find the endzone until the final quarter, while Claremont scored the next four touchdowns on their way to the victory.

Senior Chris Mendez has had flashes of brilliance in the three non-league losses he’s started for Walnut, but he may not yet have a handle on the spread offense which allowed last year’s quarterback Brandon Roach to throw for almost 2,500 yards.

The one bright spot in the evening for the Mustangs was the play of senior running back Devin Brown.

Brown finished over 130 yards on 25 carries, despite not being able to find the endzone.

“He did a good job. He had a really good game,” said Walnut Coach Michael O’Shields. “We’ve been waiting for that good game, we needed it.”

O’Shields said the score notwithstanding, there were a number of positives the team could take away from the loss.

“We didn’t finish drives during the first two weeks, and we finished three drives tonight,” he said. “And I think that is something to build on. We just need to finish a few more in the second half.”

Mendez scored the Mustang’s first touchdown on a 49-yard run with time expiring in the first quarter. He scored again on the keeper, with 3:27 to go before halftime. Walnut’s third and final touchdown came with the game well in hand for Claremont leading 46-13. Mendez connected with Cody Lepp on a 10-yard pass.

The Mustangs will try to get their first win of the season next week as they travel to Covina District Field to battle the Colts before opening up league play against Los Altos on Sept. 30.


Written by sgvsports

September 19, 2011 at 4:26 am

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