The Desert Ridge aerial attack was flexing its muscle again Friday night.
Led by junior quarterback Parker Rasmussen, the Jaguars walloped Corona del Sol, 49-14 in a 5A non-region game at Desert Ridge.
Rasmussen, who transferred from Highland in the offseason, torched Corona with five first-half touchdown passes. He also ran for a touchdown in the first half as Desert Ridge (2-1) jumped out to a 42-0 lead.
Rasmussen finished with 317 passing yards, 297 of which came in the first half.
Senior wideout Paris Clark caught three touchdowns for Desert Ridge, including a 20-yard catch-and-run on the game’s third play from scrimmage. Clark’s other scoring receptions came during the second quarter, when Desert Ridge scored 28 points, and completely deflated Corona del Sol.
Desert Ridge has scored 99 points in its last two games.
“Parker made some great reads and good throws tonight,” Desert Ridge coach Jeremy Hathcock said. “We’re getting better, but we still need to work on some things.”
Corona del Sol (1-2) has plenty of work to do, specifically on offense. The young Aztec offense finished with 4 net yards rushing, and didn’t score until midway through the fourth quarter. Sophomore quarterback Evan Kinney was harassed all night long, getting sacked six times.
The Aztecs also had one interception and three fumbles in the game.
Kinney finally got Corona del Sol on the scoreboard late in the game with a 6-yard run up the middle. A few minutes later, fellow sophomore James Contes returned a punt 54 yards for Corona’s final touchdown.
Desert Ridge senior Sam Papa two touchdown passes, including a 15-yard TD early in the third quarter that gave the Jaguars a 49-0 cushion.
Rasmussen will square off against his former team next Thursday night in a televised game on Cox 7.