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Fallbrook Pop Warner JV squad routs Temecula 28-6

FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Pop Warner Junior Varsity team traveled to Great Oak High School on Sept. 17 and defeated the Temecula Grizzlies 28-6 in a game played under the lights.

After sustaining multiple injuries in a rough game against Murrieta the previous weekend, the Warriors' roster was reduced to 16 players and head coach Shawn Perry had to make multiple changes to the offensive line.

Fallbrook received the opening kickoff and went to work with Max Holt at quarterback and Marqus Mendez and Andre Webb-Perry as running backs.

The teams went back and forth in the first quarter before good blocks by new offensive right tackle Tyler Arwood and veteran right guard Damian Ramirez allowed Mendez to punch through the middle of Temecula's defensive line for the first Fallbrook touchdown of the day. Holt added two more points with a successful kick through the uprights.

Later in the contest, Fallbrook's offensive line held off Temecula's defensive line and allowed Holt to find running room. Holt eventually scored a rushing touchdown from the 6 yard line on a sweep play.

Temecula began their drive on their next possession and pushed down the field. At the beginning of the second quarter, some missed tackles and agile running allowed a Temecula running back to reach the corner of the end zone for the Grizzlies' first and only touchdown of the night.

The Fallbrook defense is coached by the father and son team of Jason and JJ Hall. With the reduced roster, Fallbrook had few options for adjustments and the defense had to step up its game. Middle linebacker Noah Brown led the Fallbrook defense in executing blitz packages from Hall.

Brown and fellow linebackers Webb-Perry and Kyle Lindenmayer, along with defensive backs Josh McBroom and Tyler Bellamy, played good defense and made great tackles throughout the game to hold Temecula to six points.

Fallbrook won the battle of turnovers with one interception and two kickoff recoveries during the game. McBroom kicked a choppy onside kick which bounced off the shin of a Temecula player and was caught by Damian Ramirez.

Later on that possession, Holt was able to weave his way through the Temecula defense and score a 54-yard rushing touchdown. On the next kickoff, Holt was able to dive on the ball for the second kick-off recovery of the night.

Fallbrook eventually gave up the ball on downs, however, with solid performances from newer defensive linemen Isai Ramirez, Greg Sanchez and Noah Walker, and veteran Jiovanni Portillo, Fallbrook continued to keep Temecula in check.

In the fourth quarter, with Temecula driving down towards the end zone, an interception by McBroom at the 2 yard line gave Fallbrook the ball one last time.

Mendez pushed his way to the 5 yard line, and with the game well in hand as the minutes counted down, Fallbrook's line was able to open up a gap for Holt to run 95 yards for the Warriors' fourth – and Holt's third – touchdown of the night.

The Fallbrook Pop Warner JV team's next game is Sept. 24 at Mission Hills High in San Marcos. Kickoff is at 3 p.m.


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