Scripps Ranch’s Skyler Ray dislocated his right shoulder last week, which limited his offensive touches on Friday.
Yet Ray made the most of his scarce opportunities, scoring touchdowns on a 65-yard run and a 99-yard kickoff return to deliver the Falcons a 17-9 homecoming victory over Bonita Vista.
Scripps Ranch (3-1) opened the scoring on its second possession when Ray, a senior running back, broke through a hole on the right side and ran untouched to the end zone.
“It’s the best feeling in the world,” Ray said. “You’re running down the sideline with the fans cheering and your team’s going for you. And you get to the end zone, and everyone’s running at you. I love it.”
Tony Moreno added a field goal on the next possession to give the Falcons a 9-0 lead.
The Bonita offense stalled again on the next drive, forcing the Barons (2-2) to punt. Following the punt, the Bonita defense forced a fumble that Jaymar Villar recovered and returned 18 yards for his team’s only touchdown.
Ray struck again quickly, taking the ensuing kickoff back for a score.
The Falcons’ defense forced three turnovers and eight punts, and recorded six sacks.
“Our defense was rock solid,” Scripps Ranch coach Joe Meyer said. “They’ve been stellar for four weeks now.”