August 31, 2019

Foothill powers its way past Tustin to claim Crosstown Rivlary Trophy

By anaheimsigns

TUSTIN – With a strong offensive line, there was no wrong that Foothill running back Roman Pistone could do.


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The junior rushed for 195 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries to lead Foothill to a 28-14 victory over Tustin on Friday night at Tustin High.

The victory returned the Crosstown Rivalry Trophy to Foothill after Tustin had won it the past two years.

Quarterback Luke Peterman got the scoring started for Foothill (2-0) with a 26-yard pass to Michael McFarlin in the first quarter. It was the Knights’ only score in the first half.

Tustin (0-2) had an opportunity to score before halftime, driving the ball down the field thanks to the passing of Mateo Vasquez, but Vincent Zaragoza’s attempt on a 42-yard field goal fell just short of the post. The Tillers had the ball for all but two minutes in the second quarter.

“We started slow,” Tustin coach Anthony Lopez said. “I felt we figured some things out. They put us in some spots defensively and they executed their game plan well. We have to learn from this and move on.”

Foothill went back to work in the second half, as Pistone and Peterman were effective behind the team’s offensive, which didn’t allow a sack. Pistone found space to run for a 10-yard score and threw to Brady Schrank for a 16-yard touchdown pass.

Foothill’s Isaiah Bolanos holds the Crosstown Rivalry Trophy while celebrating with teammates after a victory over Tuistin on Friday night, Aug. 30. (Photo by Manny Alvarez)

“The O-line works their tail off every day,” Pistone said. “Every day at practice, they’re working hard. It’s because of all of them that we won tonight. They just did a great job tonight.”

Tustin stayed with Foothill thanks to a big run by Matt Rodriguez that led to a 2-yard touchdown run, but Pistone put the finishing touch on the outcome with a 10-yard score.

“Roman did a fantastic job,” Foothill coach Doug Case said. “We were clicking really good on offense and defense held us in the game. We had a shutout going until the fourth quarter. We are firing on all cylinders right now.”

Rodriguez rushed for 113 yards on 18 carries and a score, and Yahir Carbajal and Ernesto Nava each had seven tackles for Tustin.

The Tillers will face Don Lugo of Chino on Friday Sept. 6.

Peterman completed 12 of 17 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns while running for 42 yards on six carries and a score.

Foothill will face Beckman on Friday, Sept. 6.