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Hard work pays off as Broncos get win

09/27/2013, 11:49pm PDT
By Ed Wehde, Special to the U-T

Rancho Bernardo celebrates its first triumph of the season.

— Rancho Bernardo broke a nearly year-long drought and got its first win of the season, handing host San Marcos a 31-0 drubbing in a nonleague game at Excalibur Field on Friday.

The win snapped an eight-game skid that dates to Week 6 of last season for the Broncos (1-3). The Knights (3-2) saw their three-game winning streak end.

“We’ve been working real hard this season,” Rancho Bernardo quarterback Mike Searson said. “It just hasn’t paid off the first three games. We were able to keep our focus this game and finish it off.”

The Broncos did most of their damage on the ground, churning out 266 yards. Searson led the way with 111 yards and two TDs on 12 carries, and junior Ross Lovato added 83 yards and a score on 23 carries.

“It all started with our offensive line,” Searson said. “Coming into this game, we knew we were going to run the ball, and they just pounded the D-line.”

The Rancho Bernardo defense held San Marcos to 215 total yards and shut out a Knights team that had averaged 41.75 points per game.

San Marcos quarterback James Harwell — filling in for starter Will Freed, who had thrown for 1,271 yards and 11 TDs before breaking his jaw last week — completed 13 of 26 for 118 yards and two interceptions.

Cameron Cruz led the Knights with 77 yards on 10 runs.

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