Rancho Buena Vista stands 1-0 in the Valley League.
The Rancho Buena High football team found the right time to rediscover the end zone.
An offense which produced just 30 points in the first four games of the season exceeded that total within three quarters as the Longhorns held on for a 42-38 victory over Escondido in the Valley League opener for both teams Friday night at Chick Embrey Field.
Senior co-captain Anthony Bowman made big plays on both sides of the line of scrimmage and quarterback Ace Roach threw three touchdown passes to help Rancho Buena Vista (2-3, 1-0) get off to a quick start in league play.
Escondido (1-4, 0-1) was forced to forfeit last week's nonleague win over Serra due to an ineligible player, and the Cougars trailed throughout against RBV after the Longhorns scored less than six minutes into the contest. Bowman scored two touchdowns, made a second-period interception and had three quarterback sacks in the second half for the winners.
Rancho Buena Vista built a 42-17 lead by the end of the third period before the Cougars rallied with 21 fourth-quarter points. Cougars quarterback Kellen McCoy scored on a 1-yard keeper with 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter, but the Cougars missed the point-after try and RBV recovered the ensuing onside kickoff to seal the win.
Escondido committed numerous crucial penalties, including three on third down that gave RBV a first down to keep scoring drives alive.
The games was a matchup of first-year head coaches Jud Bordman (Escondido) and Joe Meyer (RBV).
Hoff is a freelance writer.