By Tim Peterson
(Pasadena Bounce and Pounce) – Jarell Sykes ran for two scores and rushed for two more to lead San Dimas to a 55-14 rout of Maranatha Friday night at the Bounce and Pounce in Pasadena.
The Saints scored on their first three possessions and effectively ended it in the first quarter. Noah Maldonado scored on a 54-yard run to get the party started early in the first quarter. After Daniel Jackson picked off Maranatha quarterback Kwon Peterson on the next series Sykes cashed in. Sykes dashed through the Minutemen defense for 66 yards to make it 14-0.
Jackson showed his offensive prowess on the next series as he hauled in a 64-yard pass from Joey Tamayo and with just 1:33 left in the first quarter the Saints were up 20 and the San Dimas bus driver was looking for his keys.
Sykes got number two in the second quarter when he took a 24-yard swing pass from Tamayo, made a nifty move, and danced into the end zone. Maranatha finally got on the board late in the second quarter on a 47-yard strike from Peterson to Dimitri Mata. A two point conversion made it 27-8 at the break.
Sykes got his third and fourth scores on a four-yard run and 50-yard reception on the first two possessions of the third quarter. San Dimas HC Mark Holman emptied his bench and got his twos and threes some work the rest of the way.
Kaimana Rodriguez found the end zone on a two yard run late in the third quarter.
A running clock in the fourth quarter put an end to Maranatha’s misery. San Dimas broke the 50 barrier when back up quarterback Sebastian Street scored on a ten-yard run.
Minuteman running back Daniel Torres provided one final highlight as he busted off an 87-yard TD scamper run as time expired.
Sykes had 16 carries for 150 yards and caught two passes for 80 yards and the four touchdowns. The Saints had over 300 yards rushing overall.
“We’re executing on all facets right now. Special teams, offensive line, defensive line, I think we’re light years ahead of where we were in years past,” Holman said.
Maranatha fell to 0-1-1 with the loss while San Dimas improved to 2-0. The Saints have outscored their first two opponents 97-28.