Recap: Upland vs. Rancho Cucamonga

The Baseline league has a lot of good teams. It is anybodies crown to claim...(pictured) Upland QB Josh Nunes

What is the best high school fight song? No doubt about it, it is "Scotland the Brave".


Of course your team mascot has to have some relationship to something Celtic for it to work.  Anything named after an animal might not make much sense. To cover that angle Upland High School uses both Highlanders and Scots as a team name.


Make no mistake, when the  marching band strikes up that song, anyone who has any Irish or Scottish ancestry will, at least metaphorically, be reaching for a their dirk and claymore.


Last Friday night the Upland football team gave the band five opportunities to play their fight song in a 31 to 24 defeat of the Rancho Cucamonga Cougars.


It was far from easy. Having been upset by Etiwanda the week before, Upland (5-2 and 1-1) played without confidence and seemed to be out of synch most of the night.


Quarterback Josh Nunes was under constant pressure and the defense could only come up with one three and out in the whole game.


They did get the key interception in the fourth quarter after Kyle Huglock had tied it up with a field goal at 24 all with 3:40 to go in the fourth quarter.


The Scots took the lead half way through the first quarter on a six play drive and 1 yard Nunes sneak. 


The Highlander defense had to match its quickness and striking ability against the much bigger Cougar offense. 


Rancho runs several very fast running backs behind a big offensive line. Rancho drove to a field goal and then took the half time lead on a 65 yard shovel pass and run by Vincent Brown.


The Scots/Highland made it worse by fumbling the second half kickoff and falling behind by ten points.  They then drove eighty yards to close to with in three only to give it back on a eighty-eight yard sprint by Nikko Phillips.


Upland then went on another long drive and scored on a 33 yard Nunes to Devin Mahina catch and run.


Rancho then fumbled the kickoff, recovered but were pinned deep at heir own 12 yard line.  


Upland took the ball back, drove to the 15 yard line and kicked the game tying field goal.  On the next kick off, the Rancho returner misplayed the ball and Rancho was forced to start from their 20.


Ricardo Pietro intercepted a tipped ball and took it down to the twelve yard line.  Coach Tim Salter went into his back of tricks and called for a reverse at the nine yard line.  Ryan Hanson struck up ‘Scotland the Brave' has he raced into the end zone.


The Baseline league has a lot of good teams. With three games to go only Claremont is winless in league and no one has more than one league win. It is anybodies crown to claim. But the Scots have one little edge.  They have the band and they have the song.


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