Musketeers blast Rangers
by Misty Volaski
Despite the familiar Rangers faces such as Jairus Rothermel
and Jaymes Quirino, Nordhoff's varsity football team was not
able to pull off a season-opening win against Moorpark's Musketeers,
falling 18-3 Friday night. The team, made up of players "a
little young as far as experience is concerned," according
to head coach Cliff Farrar, didn't quite have what it took to
win on home turf.
They did, however, certainly try.
Nordhoff's Andy Bowman completed four of 10 passing attempts
for 62 yards, and yet none of these resulted in a touchdown for
the Rangers. This shortcoming allowed the Musketeers to nearly
blank the Rangers at home, scoring three touchdowns in the game.
It was the foot of Jaymes Quirino that saved Nordhoff from a
complete shutout. His 34-yard field goal gave Nordhoff the only
three points they scored last week.
Nordhoff's strength against Moorpark clearly lay in their rushing
abilities - though the Musketeers almost doubled the Rangers'
rushing yardage with 220 yards.
Ranger Josh Catlett carried for 59 yards while teammate Max Thomas
added another 44 yards off of two carries. The two contributed
the majority of the team's 117 total rushing yards.
Last year's team, said coach Farrar, had been playing together
since their Eagles days. "The coaching staff has to be more
patient this year, making sure to cover the fundamentals a little
longer," Farrar added.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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