Rex Rover wasted little time quarterbacking host Xavier Prep to a dominating homecoming victory over Rancho Christian (Temecula) on Friday night, marching the Saints a step further to the school’s first football playoff berth in a 42-12 win.
Rover needed just six offensive series to bark out four touchdown passes before resting the entire second half.
“I thought our attitude was good tonight,” Rover said. “We came out and did what we had to do and didn’t take anything for granted at the start. We just came out and played how we needed to play.”
Rover connected through the air twice with junior all-purpose wideout Daniel Stabile, and Xavier’s Sava Voyne took in another Rover scoring pass before adding two rushing touchdowns on the night.
“It’s pretty fun to play in,” said Rover of the Saints’ high-octane passing attack. “It’s a more modern offense. Coach (Bob) Molyet brought it over from Texas, where they run it all over. We just try to get our athletes in the best situations possible and let them make plays.”
The Xavier Prep defense was equally dominant in leading the Saints (5-3) to their third consecutive victory.
Before Rancho Christian tacked on a pair of pride scores in the time-running final period, the stout Saints defense forced punts on the visiting Eagles’ first nine offensive drives.
Rover added that the Saints can’t afford to roll over with a playoff debut looming and just two regular season games to play.
“It would be awesome, especially for our senior year and all the changes this year,” Rover said of a Saints’ postseason run. “It would just cap it all off. We’ve just got to take care of the next two games. We just need to keep progressing, to get better and not staying where we are right now. We should be better next game than we were this game.”
Xavier Prep gets a week of rest before chasing its fourth consecutive win on Nov. 1 at home versus Indian Springs (San Bernardino).