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PREP FOOTBALL: Harris leads Chaparral past Temecula Valley

03/04/2013, 1:53pm PST
By By BRIAN HAAS bhaas@californian.com

TEMECULA — For the past six years, Chaparral has dominated its meetings against crosstown rival Temecula Valley.

TEMECULA — For the past six years, Chaparral has dominated its meetings against crosstown rival Temecula Valley.

And on Friday that tradition continued.

Chaparral used a 170-yard rushing performance from from Justin Harris and a stout defense to shut out Temecula Valley 24-0.

The shutout marked the second time in four meetings that the Pumas (4-4, 2-1) were able to hold the Bears (4-4, 0-3) scoreless.

"We practiced hard all week and really worked on our game plan of running the ball," Harris said. "We were able to execute it tonight. It took discipline and focus."

Chaparral wasted no time jumping out to a lead, scoring touchdowns on its first two possessions.

On their first opportunity with the ball, the Pumas capped a 52-yard drive with a 14-yard touchdown reception from Chris Stratton.

An interception from Joshua Ponder gave the Pumas their second possession of the game, and they again capitalized with a lengthy 47-yard drive that lasted 5 minutes, 44 seconds. Quarterback Matt Morin finished the drive with a 1-yard touchdown early in the second quarter.

"It was a physical game, and both teams came out and played hard," Chaparral head coach Ryan Tukua said. "It felt good to come out and get things rolling right away. We got the running game and the passing game working early and it helped us establish a tone for the game."

Harris looked strong in the contest, rushing 26 times, while picking up a 32-yard rushing touchdown in the third.

"The more carries he gets, it looks like the more confidence he has," Tukua said. "He is running really hard and we are happy with the way he is playing."

Morin rushed 14 times for 76 yards while going 7-for-12 in the air for 34 yards.

"I thought Matt did a good job and got some key runs when he needed it," Tukua said. "He did exactly what we needed him to do."

If there was a moral victory to be claimed by the Bears, it came during the second and third quarters when they made five defensive stops, including successfully defending a fake punt.

"We had some penalties that put us in some long situations during that stretch, but you know, Temecula Valley has some good defense," Tukua said. "Their front seven played really well and gave us quite a challenge."

Danny Manning led the Bears' offense, catching five passes for 55 yards. Derrick Tarin was 8-for-14 in the air for 71 yards. Temecula Valley managed only 3 total rushing yards on 14 attempts.

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