What offseason rust?
The Apple Valley football team looked every bit the part of a well-oiled machine in the season opener with a dominating 42-7 victory over Eastlake.
The Sun Devils traveled down to Chula Vista to take on one of the San Diego area’s top programs and made a statement.
Apple Valley wasted no time, getting on the board in a hurry with an 80-yard opening drive. The Sun Devils scored touchdowns on the next three drives.
Apple Valley led 28-0 by halftime.
Linebacker Dustin Reynolds, the reigning Daily Press Football Athlete of the Year, got in on the scoring in the fourth quarter, breaking free for a 50-yard touchdown run for a 35-7 lead.
Reynolds ended the night with three carries for 65 yards and also caught a touchdown pass from Noah Celie.
Xavier Salazar led the ground game with 91 yards and a touchdown, and Aiden Sanchez took 12 carries for 57 yards and a touchdown.
Celie ended the night completing 20 passes for 176 yards. He also ran for 64 yards on nine carries.
Apple Valley (1-0) is back on the road next week against another tough opponent, Rancho Cucamonga.
Granite Hills 40, Fontana 0
At Fontana, Kameron Taylor scored four touchdowns to lead the Cougars to victory in the season opener Friday night.
The running back ran in three touchdowns and reeled one in from quarterback Byron Rivas.
Malik Kinney caught the two other touchdown passes from Rivas.
But it was the defense that stole the show, recording a shutout against the Steelers.
“Our defense was really stout, led by Joey Soto, Angel Carcamo and Theodore Wiggens,” Granite Hills head coach Alex Gonzalez said.
The Cougars (1-0) have another bus ride down the Cajon Pass next week to Rialto.
Serrano 42, Lancaster 0
At Lancaster, Markus Maholchic scored three touchdowns and ran for 75 yards to lead the Diamondbacks to victory in the season opener Friday.
Quarterback Payton Cornell threw for 30 yards and ran for 35 with a touchdown run.
Nick Michem and Aiden Navarro each caught a touchdown pass.
Defensively, Odis Hamer recovered a fumble and ran it back 30 yards for a touchdown. He also recorded a sack.
Josh Burgess recorded two tackles and recovered a fumble; Josh Martin had a sack and a tackle; and Parker Hengeveld finished with three tackles.
The Diamondbacks (1-0) are back in action next week on the road against Adelanto.
Barstow 48, Rubidoux 8
At Barstow, the Aztecs scored six rushing touchdowns in a 40-point victory at home Friday night.
Demetri Curiel accounted for three of those rushing touchdowns, Nehemiah Gaoa ran for two and Kyron Medlock also scored one.
Defensively, Barstow forced five turnovers including three fumble recoveries. Elias Copeland ran one of those fumbles back for a touchdown.
The Aztecs also intercepted two passes.
“We still have plenty of work to do but I am proud of my guys,” said Clay Leleimene, who is in his first season as head coach.
Barstow has a Thursday night game on the road next week against Sultana.
Riverside Prep 28, Bosco Tech 22
At Oro Grande, the Silver Knights scored 16 points in the first quarter and held on to win Friday’s season opener.
Riverside Prep (1-0) is on the road next week against Heritage Christian.
Daily Press reporter Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-951-6274 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @DP_JoseQ.