RIVERSIDE – Beau Bruins flew to the moon and swung amongst stars in his final Solar Series game.
The senior running back scored four rushing touchdowns – including an 80-yarder in the fourth quarter – as Ramona shutout Riverside Poly 42-0 Friday night in the 48th meeting between Riverside’s two oldest high schools.
“I look forward to this game every year,” Bruins said. “We wanted to hang 50 (points). That was the plan. We came up a little short but still got the job done.”
Bruins totaled a game-high 218 rushing yards on 18 carries as Ramona (4-1 overall) won its fourth consecutive in the series.
Poly still holds a 30-17-1 all-time advantage but Ramona has outscored the Bears 99-7 over the last two seasons.
“For Ramona, this is 100-percent still a rivalry,” Ramona coach Ken Mushinskie said. “Riverside Poly is definitely our rival and we just love playing Riverside teams.”
Ramona came in averaging more than 38 points per game this season and got off to a quick start when Nate Johnson hit Jordan Daniels to start the Rams’ second possession, and the receiver made two defenders miss before sprinting 58 yards to the end zone.
Ramona kicker Emmanuel Villa tossed it to Daniels for the 2-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.
Bruins, who had 10 rushing touchdowns already this season, broke off a pair of big runs in the second quarter and scored twice – including a 39-yarder with less than 2 minutes remaining in the first half – as Ramona took a 22-0 lead into halftime.
Poly, coming off a 38-7 loss to Riverside King in another crosstown rivalry game last week, totaled just 21 yards in the first half.
The Bears (1-4) have lost by 30-plus points in each of their last three games and were playing without at least nine starters, according to coach John Rice.
“You show me any team that can play without nine of its starters and tell me how good they are,” Rice said. “We’re all hurt and those players have been out for two weeks and some of them three weeks.”
Poly senior DE/TE John Rice, Jr., sustained an injury in the first quarter on Friday. He underwent concussion tests on the sideline and did not return.
The Bears opened the second half with a 75-yard drive – their longest of the game – but were kept out of the end zone on fourth-and-2.
Bruins and the Rams proceeded to march 98 yards down the field the other way, with the 5-foot-11 running back capping the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run for a 29-0 lead near the end of the third quarter.
Ramona receiver Jake Valenzuela scored on a 42-yard pass from Johnson to make it 35-0 early in the fourth, and after a missed field goal gave the Rams the ball back at the 20, Bruins got behind his pulling guard before finding a seam and bursting up the right sideline for his 14th rushing touchdown this season.
“I couldn’t do that without my big boys, Said (Howard) and Aaron (Diaz-Ledesma),” Bruins said. “They pulled and I followed them.”