JURUPA VALLEY — It’s the first time Patriot has been undefeated through its first three games of any season.
Josiah Felix gained 97 yards and scored once as Patriot grabbed an early lead and held on to top Jurupa Valley 19-9 in a nonleague district and city rivalry game.
“We were in the same spot last year. We thought we had a better team and (Jurupa Valley) beat us by a point, so it’s been hanging over us all year,” Patriot coach Chris Fowler said. “Despite it all, the kids got it done.”
Felix had a game-high 18 carries as Patriot (3-0) totaled 184 yards on the ground in avenging last year’s 13-defeat to Jurupa Valley.
“We needed to get them back. We needed to be 3-0,” Felix said. “Our school has been open for 25-something years. This feels good. We’ve worked hard for this.”
Marquise Kearney completed 17 of 23 pass attempts for 181 yards and a touchdown for Jurupa Valley (2-1), which failed to score in the first half for the first time this season.
“We left points on the table and against a good team like Patriot you can’t do that,” Jurupa Valley coach Hugo Nevarez said.
Jurupa Valley earned a one-point win over Patriot last year, 13-12, with a second-quarter PAT proving to be the difference as the Jaguars beat the Warriors for the first time since 2012.
Before last year, Patriot had won a series-record seven consecutive against Jurupa Valley and 10 of 14 meetings since 2007.
Felix, who was in first grade the last time Jurupa Valley had won consecutive games against Patriot, made sure it did not happen again.
The 6-foot-2 sophomore returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown but it was called back for a holding penalty near midfield. The Warriors worked the ball down to the 6 before missing a short field goal attempt and turning the ball over.
Jurupa Valley struggled to get started on offense and did not have a first down until the second quarter, but by then Patriot already held a lead after Raymond Villanueva made two defenders miss on his way to the end zone after catching a short out from Isaiah Miramontes.
Felix, who already had rushed for four touchdowns coming into the game, got his fifth on a 10-yard burst through the A-gap with less than 3 minutes remaining in the second quarter.
Jurupa Valley, which scored 21 points in the first half of both its victories, had to settle for a 23-yard field goal from Ruth Covey as time expired on the first half.
Neither team scored in the third quarter but traded touchdowns late in the game, with Julian Payan running for an 8-yard touchdown to add to Patriot’s lead with just over 4 minutes to play.
Jurupa Valley went to its 2-minute offense and Kearney hit Alex Guerrero on a quick out that Guerrero turned up the field, broke two tackles and sprinted 69 yards to the end zone for the Jaguars only touchdown.
“(Guerrero) is a basketball player but he’s also the best receiver on campus,” Navarez said.
Guerrero finished with four receptions for 72 yards, and also totaled more than 100 yards on four kickoff returns.
Benny Barbosa led Jurupa Valley with eight catches for 62 yards.