Friday the thirteenth was not an especially lucky night for the Portola Tigers. The Quincy High Trojans kept the Tigers completely scoreless in a rivalry game that ended 57-0.
Senior Trojan quarterback Connor Caiazzo had a great game completing 35 yards passing and 130 rushing. Trojan Anakin Borghi also had a big night with 103 interception yards and 57 rushing. Miguel Williams was versatile with 20 yards rushing, 35 receiving and an 84-yard punt return.
Trojan touchdowns were scored by Christian Miranda, Williams, Justyn Conston, Sam Langdale and two each for Borghi and Caiazzo.
Looking for a Tiger silver lining, PHS defense really stuck their heels in the ground during the second half. The score was 50-0 at halftime, but the Tigers curbed Trojan scoring to a single touchdown in the third quarter and zero in the final quarter of the game.
In the rivalry battle that began long ago, the Trojans were able to hang on to the Rivalry Trophy they won last year. The Trojans have an equal history of losing that same trophy to the Tigers as they did in 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008 and 2007. The fans seemed to have a good time and the booster booths were busy all evening selling snacks, drawing tickets, team memorabilia and gear.
The rival victory marks the seventh win out of the last 14 for the Trojans, if you count the forfeit in 2006. Sounds like “even Steven” and a big reason to see next year’s tie-breaking rivalry game.
For the season, QHS sits at 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the league. They have Friday night games in Quincy against Burney on Oct. 20, Biggs on Oct. 27 and Maxwell on Nov. 3. All three games will be at Feather River College stadium and are scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.
The Portola Tigers play this Friday, Oct. 20, against Chester at 7 p.m. The last game for PHS is Friday, Oct. 27, in Burney. The Tigers are 2-5 overall and 0-2 in their league.