As the Gauchos practice for their game hosting Long Beach City College Saturday at 6 p.m, it was announced Monday the Gauchos jumped four spots in the rankings from the No.30 slot.
The No. 26 Saddleback Gauchos stayed ahead to take the 24-21 win over the Palomar Comets this past Saturday in the second game of the SCFA National Southern Conference at Escondido High School’s Wilson Stadium.
As the first minutes got under way, Gauchos quarterback Brian Shrock threw a 20-yard pass to Jai Morris for the first down. Maintaining control of the ball for the majority of the first half, the Gauchos stayed consistent with Micah Abreu-Laybon scoring the first touchdown with a rush for 29 yards with nine minutes remaining.
Shrock was 11 for 20 and threw for 158 yards and one touchdown.
The Comets continued to fall behind as the second quarter got under way, allowing Gaucho quarterback Shrock to complete a 25- yard pass to wide receiver Lamont Enyard to score the second touchdown of the night, putting the score at 14-0 with 15 minutes remaining in the half.
Saddleback kicker Christian Lepore had a successful game, ending the last minutes of the second quarter with a 26-yard field goal, putting the scoreboard at 17-0.
Morris had 158 yards rushing in the game on 18 carries.
Aaron Brown had a strong defensive presence for the Gauchos. He had 13 tackles including three for a loss. He forced one fumble and also had an interception.
With the start of the second half, the Comets closed the gap to the final three points on a 1-yard run by Marquis Leamu with 14:02 left in the game.
This was followed by a set up for 42-yard pass from Matt Christian to Maurice Patterson, and a 5-yard pass from Christian to Martavious Lee with 3:58 to play.
Palomar then forced Saddleback to go three-and-out but was unable to capitalize and turned the ball over on downs.
Gaucho strong safety Ricky Pemasa put up the final score of the night with a 2- yard touchdown, adding yet another victory for Saddleback with a 24-21 score.