Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 | 11:31 p.m.
In the past two seasons, the Shadow Ridge High football team has scored on the first play of the first game.
But tonight against visiting Mojave in the season opener, the Mustangs fumbled the ball on their initial play for a turnover.
Then, on their second play, Shadow Ridge produced a long rushing touchdown — the first of many in a 55-22 win.
“We'll take it, I guess,” Shadow Ridge coach Travis Foster said with a laugh.
Kody Presser carried the ball 11 times for 152 yards and three touchdowns, and Anthony Wheaton had 11 carries for 105 yards and three scores. In total, the Mustangs rushed for 440 yards.
Yet, it struggled earlier and led just 14-12 in the first half.
“A lot of first-game mistakes,” Foster said. “There were so many personal fouls and penalties — that was the name of the game early. But we worked through it and we are happy with the result.”
Jordan Parker and Chris Owens had interceptions for Shadow Ridge. Xavier Gomez had 40 rushing yards and a score.