REV vs. RHS: the rivalry, the bragging rights, the cheering students, and of course, the Smudge Pot.
On October 2nd, the annual “Smudge Pot” game was played at RHS’ own Dodge Field in front of thousands of spirited students, supportive parents and enthusiastic football fans, each supporting their respective school. The game had much hype across all of Redlands for weeks, and when the day finally came, it did not disappoint.
Following a strong start to the game, REV would continue its early success for the remainder of the matchup, and ultimately go on to win the Smudge Pot for the third consecutive year, in a score of 52-14.
REV’s offense, led by junior QB Armando Herrera and senior RB Joey Harman, had its highest scoring game of the season thus far, with a total of 52 points. Herrera was a large contributor to this domination, passing for 319 yards and four TDs, as well as running for one score early in the game. Harman was also a major contributor to the Wildcat’s offense, rushing for 201 yards and two TDs.
In addition to Herrera and Harman’s production, brothers Jonathan and Gabriel Clark combined for 193 yards and three scores.
While REV’s offense seemed unstoppable, scoring on nearly every possession possible, the defense was also quite impressive, limiting RHS to just 14 total points.
For the Wildcat’s defense, the spotlight was on senior DE Shynol McClain, who recorded 10 tackles, including two sacks in the game.
On September 18th, McClain fractured his right hand in the game against Rancho Verde. It was not until last Sunday, the 27th, that he made the “personal decision” to postpone surgery and play in the Smudge Pot Game. The defensive end stated that he was determined to play due to this, “being (his) last opportunity to play against RHS.”
McClain was not the only REV defensive player who stood out. Senior FS Ryan Nieman seemed to be all over the field, totaling four tackles, one interception and forcing one fumble. REV’s outside linebackers, Matteo Biscotti and Jaelan Phillips combined to record 15 tackles and three sacks for the Wildcats.
REV senior captain and starting FS, Dillon Amezquita, tallied seven total tackles as well as one fumble recovery. Following the game, the free safety stated that, “the defense tackled well and the offense was clicking.”
Although the Wildcats dominated the Terriers on the scoreboard, Amezquita believes that for the remainder of the season, the team should, “stay humble and take it one game at a time.”
REV’s star DE, McClain, also believes that, “(the win) gave the team a lot of confidence going forward.”
For the Terriers, while the defense struggled to contain the Wildcat’s offense, their offense was able to score two touchdowns with the help of senior QB Joey Burrola and WR Austin Williams.
Senior RB Tony Sandifer was one of the highlights in the Terriers’ offense, as he totaled 103 yards on the night.
On defense, Redlands FS Dorian Fedrick totaled a game high 11 tackles. Senior OLB Koby Glass also recorded eight tackles and an interception.
The Terriers will look to bounce back against their next opponent, Eisenhower, while REV will look to continue their three game win streak against A.B. Miller on Friday in their Homecoming Game.