Upland Western Christian finished the regular season undefeated for the first time in its history, and it wasn’t denied an extension of that winning streak Friday by an overmatched squad from Sage Hill.
The fourth-seeded Fighting Lancers scored an easy victory Friday at Upland High to advance to the second round of the East Valley Division playoffs.
Score: Western Christian 55, Sage Hill 35
Key Stats: Sarkis Panossian rushed 17 times for 224 yards and three touchdowns, of 19, 18 and 68 yards.
Pivotal Moment: Beau Roth scored from 9 yards with five seconds left in the first quarter to pull Sage Hill to 14-7, but 77 seconds later, Western Christian was back in the end zone on Andrew Henry’s 15-yard TD run. Western Christian had a 21-7 lead and, once again, momentum. It closed the first half with scoring runs of 52 and 68 yards.
Records: Western Christian (11-0), Sage Hill (5-6)
Notes: Sage Hill, an at-large team, made a run in the second half after Western Christian pulled the bulk of its starters. … The Lightning didn’t lose for lack of effort. C.J. McCord passed 56 times, with 30 completions, for 276 yards and two touchdowns, 28 yards to Logan Hamilton and 18 to Will Burns. … Roth finished with 81 yards rushing. ... Sage Hill got a 52-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Sam Masarik. … Jake Fisher also scored for the Lightning, on an 8-yard run in the fourth quarter. … Western Christian rushed 35 times for 402 yards, and completed six of nine passes for 165 yards. … Panossian, a junior, hasn’t been held to fewer than 100 yards this season, and that was against Aquinas in a game in which he rushed only 11 times. … Western Christian scored four touchdowns of 39 yards or longer. … The Fighting Lancers are champions of the Ambassador League.
EAST VALLEY DIVISION
Jurupa Hills 45, Arrowhead Christian 41
Shadow Hills 31, Brethren Christian 24
Santa Clara 27, Banning 20
Western Christian 55, Sage Hill 35
Big Bear 49, Ontario Christian 0
Citrus Valley 41, Fillmore 14
Rim of the World 38, Linfield Christian 37
St. Margaret's 49, Twentynine Palms 6