SAN BERNARDINO - Cajon simply just had more. More power, more strength, more intimidation, more everything.
For the Cowboys' opponent, Pacific, the scare factor was obvious at the start and Cajon scored 48 first-half points en route to a 48-14 victory at Pacific on Friday night.
Cajon's Marlon Pollard took the opening kickoff 99 yards for the first touchdown. An interception by Vincent Williams on the Pirates' ensuing possession put the Cowboys eight yards away from another score. Walter Kazee ran the ball in on the first play for 14-0 Cowboys lead just 2:16 into the game.
"What we wanted to do was come out strong, fast," Cajon coach Kim Battin said. "We've been a typical slow starter this year and we wanted to come out and start fast."
Pollard's life-draining touchdown against the Pirates came on the night that UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel showed up to watch the senior receiver.
He finished with two touchdowns, another on a 9-yard pass from Thomas Carter to end the first half, and made two catches for 25 yards.
"It's just one of those things where it gave me something to play for," Pollard said. "It just made me up my game a little more and always put my best effort out there on the field and just try to get my team to victory."
The win gave the Cowboys (7-1 overall, 3-0 in league) their fifth straight victory and keeps them as the lone undefeated team in the San Andreas League.
Pacific (1-7, 1-2) was coming off its first victory after breaking a 26-game losing streak last week with a 24-19 win over San Bernardino.
Kazee finished with three touchdown runs of 8, 41 and 6 respectively while adding a 26-yard touchdown off a pass from backup quarterback Ronald Sereno. Kazee had 115 yards rushing on 11 carries.
Kenneth Chapple led Pacific with one touchdown run of 15 yards at the start of the fourth quarter. His 57 yard kickoff return put the Pirates in good field position, leading to a 4-yard touchdown run by Thomas Burnett which put Pacific on the board in the second quarter, still trailing 34-7.
"The only thing is our better kids played well, Kenneth Chapple played hard, Thomas Burnett played hard, Louie Lara - but it's three out of 11 each side of the ball, so it's something that we need to work on," Pacific coach Oscar Torres said.
"I think they were a little overwhelmed, it is Cajon, they have a good team, but we need to overcome that and play hard so that we're semi in the game."
In the first quarter alone the Cowboys marched down the field for four scoring drives and didn't let up in the second quarter by taking a 48-7 lead into halftime.
Following the break, both coaches agreed to limit the play clock to ten minutes for the remaining halves and revert to running time even if the ball went out of play.
Next up for Cajon is Arroyo Valley at home next Friday, a gameBattin is already looking forward to next week as the Cowboys are inching closer to a league title after finishing tied for second last season.
"We can get up for a big Arroyo Valley team next week back at home and we need to run the table," Battin said. "We can't afford to slip up, we have the target on our backs now and everybody's gonna want to beat us."