Rancho Buena Vista High's Dorian Richardson continued to run through the opposition Friday night, adding 187 yards on 30 carries vs. visiting Imperial to his season total.
His 55-yard touchdown run with 8:40 left in the third quarter put RBV up 14-6 and with the Longhorns dominating appeared to break it open.
"That was typical Dorian Richardson," Rancho Buena Vista coach Joe Meyer said.
But the Tigers battled back with three late touchdowns to win 24-14 behind backup quarterback Joseph Terango's four rushing and passing touchdowns.
"We had a lot of adversity with injuries to our starting quarterback during the week and our starting running back," Imperial coach Kerry Legarra said. "Terango stepped up."
Richardson, a junior, has now rushed for 1,206 yards through RBV's first six games. And the comparisons have already begun between Richardson and Scott Garcia, O.J. Hall and Markeith Ross, RBV's legends from the late 1980s.
The first half turned into a defensive struggle with the Longhorns taking a one-point lead at intermission.
Richardson picked up 92 yards on 15 carries, but the visiting Tigers kept him out of the end zone.
Meanwhile, Imperial took a 6-0 lead after one quarter on Terango's 13-yard run. The PAT attempt was no good.
RBV answered back with 6:52 to play in the half when quarterback Matthew Llerenas hit Greg Stephens with a 31-yard scoring pass and Arturo Arreguin kicked the PAT to put the Longhorns up 7-6 at the half.
Saxe is a freelance writer.