Downey Can’t Keep Up With Cajon

Remember the name Jayden Daniels! He was unstoppable Saturday night. (Photo by Duane Barker)

By Tim Peterson

(Downey) Jayden Daniels racked up 518 yards of total offense and accounted for all eight touchdowns to lead Cajon to a 54-28 victory over Downey Saturday night in the CIF Division 4 Finals at Allen Layne Field.

Daniels rushed for 279 yards and four touchdowns including TD jaunts of 99 and 53 yards. He also threw four touchdown passes and had 239 yards through the air overall.

Twice Cajon went on 21-0 runs, the second of which put the game away in the third and into the fourth quarter. Downey battled throughout but was simply outmatched by a better team.

The Vikings led 14-7 in the first quarter and cut the lead to 34-28 early in the third but each time they were hit with a Cajon blitz.

Baraq Ross was his usual stellar self accounting for three Viking scores. (Photo by Duane Barker)

Tre Noriega caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Daniels on Cajon’s first possession for an early 7-0 lead. Downey countered with a pair of Baraq Ross touchdown runs of five and 11 yards to grab a 14-7 advantage. The second Ross TD run came after Cajon failed to convert a first down on its own 42 yard line.

Cajon then went on its first run. First Daniels capped a 65-yard march with a three-yard run. On the next possession, Daniels weaved his way through the Downey defense for a 55-yard score early in the second. Daniels connected with Noriega again – this time for a 29-yard touchdown.

The Cowboys then pinned Downey deep in its own territory on the ensuing kickoff. Two plays later Viking quarterback Kijjon Foots was intercepted by Jhevon Hill and Cajon had the ball at the Downey seven yard line. On the first play Jeremiah Martin was on the receiving end of a seven-yard Daniels TD strike and just like that it was 34-14 with 5:38 left in the first half.

Downey wasn’t ready to go quietly into that good night however. Foots hit Chris Atkins on an 18-yard touchdown pass two minutes later to make it 34-21 at the half.

The ball just didn’t bounce Chris Atkins and Downey’s way. (Photo by Duane Barker)

On Downey’s first possession of the third quarter, the Vikings got right back in it. They drove 70 yards on five plays with Ross finishing it with a 15-yard run to cut the lead to six.

That was as close as the Vikes would get however as Cajon kicked it into high gear. A 43-yard touchdown pass from Daniels to Dejuan Moon made it a two score game. On the next series Downey pinned Cajon back at its own one-yard line only to see Daniels bust through the line and outrun the Viking secondary for a 99 yard TD sprint.

In the fourth quarter Daniels and the Cowboys put the game on ice as the junior quarterback got loose for a 55-yard run to glory.

Darren Jones had five catches for 68 yards to help Cajon’s cause. But It was Daniels who was the Vikings’ undoing. For Downey Ross finished with 160 yards and three touchdowns and Foots threw for 227 yards and a score. Atkins had six catches for 89 yards and a TD.

Cajon hasn’t lost since September 8 and completed the championship season at 13-1. Downey, which was appearing in its third CIF title game in six years, finished the year at 11-3. The Vikes played well enough to beat most teams, but on this night this wasn’t just another team, it was Cajon.


C 13 21 14 6      54

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8 Comments to "Downey Can’t Keep Up With Cajon"

  1. Really?'s Gravatar Really?
    December 4, 2017 - 7:36 pm | Permalink

    By the way, its not a different brand of football. Its just a higher level of athletic football players. More players that are bigger, faster, and stronger. Although, they do have an Achilles Heal; they are very, very undisciplined. When they play the smarter, smaller, fast, private disciplined schools. they will be challenged. They won’t be able overcome 100+ yards of penalties at the wrong time in the game.

  2. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    December 3, 2017 - 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Those stick figures at Cajon QB and WR sure can run that ball

  3. SGVL fan's Gravatar SGVL fan
    December 3, 2017 - 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Cajon had athletes everywhere….different brand of football…congrats to them

  4. Sparta's Gravatar Sparta
    December 3, 2017 - 12:37 pm | Permalink

    They also have 1 school in an area where SGV schools have 2-3 schools in the same size area

  5. Bottom Line's Gravatar Bottom Line
    December 3, 2017 - 12:21 pm | Permalink

    So many things can happen in a football game that it’s hard to establish one team’s dominance over the other, but in the case of SF-RV, I feel that line play was a draw, while Rancho Verde had a slight edge in the skill positions. So justice was served on the Friedman tundra. As for moving Cajon up, yes, that happens automatically when a lower-division squad wins a title. The Cowboys will be in division 3 next season; division 2 is a step too far. How about St. Francis versus Cajon in next year’s finals?

  6. SH's Gravatar SH
    December 3, 2017 - 9:23 am | Permalink

    They have more athletes in the IE. They could afford housing in the IE.

  7. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    December 3, 2017 - 8:43 am | Permalink

    @Bottom Line, I agree that the inland empire plays a better brand of football overall compare to the SGV. Although I picked both Rancho Verde and Cajon to win, using the Rancho Verde vs St. Francis game for the comparison is a bad example as that game could have gone either way. Meanwhile, judging by Cajon’s schedule and results this season, they belong at the very least in division three if not division two.

  8. Bottom Line's Gravatar Bottom Line
    December 3, 2017 - 12:53 am | Permalink

    With Rancho Verde defeating St. Francis and now this, it’s clear we need to do more than remember the name Jayden Daniels; we need to admit they play a tough brand of football in the Inland Empire.

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