Holcomb & Penunuri Score Two TD’s Apiece in Rio Hondo Prep’s 42-14 Victory Over Marquez

Sep 09 2023 09:13:17

Photos by Susan Coulter and Tim Lunney 


By Brian Reed-Baiotto, Sports Editor

Don’t let the final score mislead you.

Rio Hondo Prep dominated its visitor from Huntington Park, 42-14, on Friday.

The Kares scored the first 42 points before Marquez (2-2) was able to find their way into the end zone for a pair of late-game TD’s.

After a slow first quarter, RHP scored three times in the second period and took a 28-0 lead into the break.

Rio Hondo Prep had a 297-215 advantage in total yards offensively, and their ground game out-rushed the Gladiators, 194-17.

Noah Penunuri led RHP with 89 yards on nine carries, and that included TD runs of 1 and 41 yards.

Nate Curtis carried the ball four times for 60 yards, with 36 of those yards coming on a TD run in the second quarter to give the Kares a 14-0 lead.

Caeden Holcomb had TD runs of 1 and 10 yards, and finished with 32 yards on eight carries.

Yanick Diaz completed 6-of-10 for 103 yards.

Nathaniel Shine had one catch for 39 yard, Joshua Taflinger had two receptions for 32 yards and Diaz tossed a 29-yard pass to Curtis.

Rainn Pollock intercepted an Anthony Rosales pass and jogged 16 yards into the south end zone to extend the RHP lead to 21-0.

Rosales tossed a 37-yard TD to Daniel Ardon and a 40-yard scoring strike to Lamonth White with 8:05 and 1:22 remaining in the game, respectively, to account for the Marquez points.

Rosales completed 12-of-20 for 198 yards.

Up next: The Kares host Boron next Friday at 7.

The Bobcats (4-0) secured a 55-12 victory on Friday over visiting Sierra.

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Box Score:
M: 0-0-0-14-(14)
RHP: 7-21-7-7-(42)

RHP: Caeden Holcomb 1 run (Alex Mustain kick)
RHP: Nate Curtis 36 run (Alex Mustain kick)
RHP: Rainn Pollock 16 interception return (Alex Mustain kick)
RHP: Noah Penunuri 1 run (Alex Mustain kick)
RHP: Noah Penunuri 41 run (Alex Mustain kick)
RHP: Caeden Holcomb 10 run (Alex Mustain kick)
M: Daniel Ardon 37 pass from Anthony Rosales (Juan Aviles kick)
M: Lamont White 40 pass from Anthony Rosales (Juan Aviles kick)

Records: Marquez (2-2); Rio Hondo Prep (4-0)