Big. Fast. Experienced. The San Jacinto High football team was everything Redlands East Valley was not on Friday, Aug. 19.  

The result was predictable, a 49-8 San Jacinto victory. It was the nonleague opening game for both teams.  

“We’re young,” REV coach Gavin Pachot said after meeting with his team. “We have a ton of sophomores on the team and most of them are starting.”  

In San Jacinto, REV was facing a team that went 9-2 last season, won the Mountain Pass League with a 4-0 record, and was edged 30-28 by Beaumont in the playoffs.  

San Jacinto took control immediately. Quarterback Dereun Dortch’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Dillon Gresham made it 7-0 with 10:23 left in the game.  

Dortch and Gresham connected again on a 45-yard scoring play with 7:03 left in the first quarter for 14-0.  

When Dortch tossed a 22-yard TD pass to Vincent Holmes on the first play of the second quarter to increase San Jacinto’s lead to 21-0, the narrative was set. REV was not going to storm back to win.

The Tigers’ lead grew to seven touchdowns and there was a running clock enacted by the time REV sophomore quarterback Izaiah Holley found the end zone.

Holley ran 11 yards with 3:10 left in the game for the Wildcats’ only score.  

“Izaiah played outstanding,” Pachot said. “I think there were three passes that weren’t very good. He ran the ball well.”  

Holley completed 16 of 23 passes for 174 yards. He rushed 12 times for 63 yards and one touchdown.  

But REV was no match statistically nor physically for San Jacinto. Dortch completed 8 of 10 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns. Holmes caught three passes for 115 yards, and two TDs. Gresham latched onto four passes for 114 yards and two TDs.   

San Jacinto also got six carries for 106 yards and one score from David Myers, seven carries for 84 yards and two TDs from Malachi Brown, and 72 yards on two carries from Dortch.  

Overall, the Tigers gained 517 yards.   

Asked what he gleaned from the game Pachot said, “Learn. That’s a great football team over there. They have great foot speed. We’re not very big and we’re young and even our older kids are inexperienced. I don’t see it as a loss; I see it as something to learn from.”  

REV moved the ball in fits and starts and was stopped three times on fourth down in San Jacinto territory.  

San Jacinto coach Aric Galliano had reason to smile -- though during the game he was displeased when a brief skirmish broke out and he had to pull a player off the field.  

“It was good,” Galliano said. “They’re a young team and we’re a veteran one. We were able to capitalize on some things, like our speed.”  

REV is back at Dodge Field at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26 to meet Los Osos of Rancho Cucamonga.

The Grizzlies are 0-1 following a 20-14 opening loss to Carter of Rialto.   

In another area game, played Saturday, Aug. 20, Arrowhead Christian Academy fell to Arroyo Valley of San Bernardino 24-13. It was the nonleague opener for both teams.