VALLEJO — Sign of a tough night: Throwing as many completions as interceptions.
That was the case for Rodriguez High on Thursday night at Corbus Field, when the Mustangs fell 53-0 to host Bethel High.
The interceptions were fatal for Rodriguez. Four of the five ultimately resulted in touchdowns for the Jaguars, the other a turnover on downs.
The Mustangs struggled to produce throughout the night on offense, amassing a total of 52 yards on the ground and 39 yards on the arms of quarterbacks Jacob Hurt and Miles Saunders.
For Bethel, Devan Brown and Anthony Garman had two touchdowns each.
Brown tallied his two touchdowns on the ground in the second quarter. The former was a 28-yard tote around the right side in which he went untouched to pay dirt. The latter found him snaking around the left side of the line and scrambling down his own sideline for a 46-yard score to give his team a 32-0 advantage at the half.
Garman, meanwhile, notched both of his scores on special teams. The first came with under a minute remaining in the first quarter, when he picked off Hurt and returned the ball 57 yards to give the Jaguars a 13-0 lead.
The second was the opening kickoff of the second half, when Garman bolted 77 yards for a score and boosted his team’s edge to 39-0 edge less than 15 seconds into the third quarter.
Bethel quarterback Chad Miller opened the scoring on the Jaguars’ first possession, capping a seven-play drive with a 15-yard run down his own sideline.
After a Rodriguez interception turned over the ball in the second quarter, on third-and-2, Sean Cooper escaped the outstretched arms of the Rodriguez secondary as he added a 44-yard touchdown run to push Bethel’s lead to 25-0.
The third Mustangs interception set up a two-play drive on which Malichai Dawson scored on a 25-yard run. Referees threw a flag for a late hit on the quarterback, but Bethel waived it off.
Damani Mfrgee had the Jaguars’ final tally of the game, a 47-yard run up the middle to the end zone. On the extra point, a high snap led to a passing play, which Bethel converted.
The loss was the second-worst shutout in Mustangs history, trailing only a 62-0 drumming at the hands of Vintage High in 2002. It was the ninth-most points allowed in a single game, topping a 2008 playoff contest against Casa Roble.
It also marked the fourth-largest margin of defeat in Mustangs history, trailing a trio of contests in 2002, Rodriguez’s inaugural season.
The loss dropped Rodriguez to 1-4 on the season.
The start of the game was delayed nearly two hours due to the late arrival of referees.
The Mustangs open Monticello Empire League play at Napa next Friday.