PALMDALE — Palmdale’s Amour Gipson needed to ensure first-year head coach Anthony Coleman’s first recreation at his alma mater was a memorable one.
The senior tailback rushed for 291 yards and scored 4 touchdowns to make Coleman a winner in his first recreation on the helm of the Falcons.
It took some time to get going for the Falcons with penalties and turnovers, however as soon as they bought rolling, they by no means appeared again and the ultimate rating learn: Palmdale 42, Burroughs (Ridgecrest) 6.
“Recreation primary within the books,” Coleman stated. “However manner too many turnovers. Our primary focus this week might be to wash these issues up. We might have put up extra factors on the board, however we saved taking pictures ourselves within the foot.
“If it wasn’t turnovers, it was silly penalties. I’m very joyful, although, for my first win at my alma mater. There was a variety of construct as much as this recreation, however as soon as 4 p.m. hit, it was good to go. I noticed a variety of good issues on the market.”
Palmdale (1-0) might have put up many extra factors, however it had two touchdowns negated by penalties and turned the ball over six occasions, which saved the Burros at arm’s size, not less than till Gipson stated sufficient is sufficient.
Gipson scored on landing runs of 9, 63, 53 and 61 yards en path to a career-high in speeding yards. Nonetheless, he left within the fourth quarter with an injured left elbow. His standing for subsequent week’s recreation in opposition to Oak Hills is unknown.
“I believed it was an excellent recreation,” Gipson stated. “I give credit score to my offensive line. This was a superb opening win for us. It feels actually good. We’re off to a superb begin.”
Palmdale opened the scoring within the second quarter. After the Burros (0-2) had been driving contained in the 5-yard line, the Falcons’ Vertis Bayne snatched the ball from quarterback Talen Mather and returned it 86 yards to the 10-yard line. Two performs later, Gipson scored his first landing as he scampered 9 yards for the rating.
Main 7-6, later within the quarter, Gipson was at it once more as he did his finest Noah Lyles impersonation and burst up the center practically untouched from 63 yards out, giving the Falcons a 14-6 lead.
On Palmdale’s subsequent possession, Gipson took the handoff and sprinted up the Burros’ sideline for a 53-yard run and a 21-6 lead with 3:15 remaining. The Falcons led at halftime 27-6.
“Gipson had a phenomenal recreation,” Coleman stated. “We nonetheless have a variety of work to do. My hat’s off to Burroughs. They fought onerous they usually by no means gave up.”
Gipson’s encore got here within the third quarter, which put the Falcons up 34-6, this time following a 61-yard run.
“We had to make use of this recreation to good our craft,” Palmdale’s Amir Bastine stated. “We might have performed manner higher and we’ve some issues to wash up. It’s good to get that first win out of the best way.”
The icing on the cake for Palmdale got here within the fourth quarter. Mather was picked off ultimately zone by Bryan Tula, who returned the interception 103 yards up his personal sideline for the rating.