“We just didn’t play with any intensity,” Tyree said after Miller (3-3, 2-1) scored three times in the third quarter to break the game open. “It’s not much of a series when one team hasn’t won in a while. “But I’ll say this for those kids,” Tyree said, pointing to a Fontana (0-6, 0-3) team that lost its 14th consecutive game, “they played hard, and played hard to the end.” There was a glaring flaw in Miller’s offense. The Rebels turned the ball over four times, giving the Steelers some hope. But Miller’s defense stepped up and not only turned Fohi away but limited the Steelers to 63 yards in offense. There was a silver lining for interim Fontana coach Tim Pike. “I think we showed progress,” said Pike. “We were hitting to the end. Our defense played a good game, but our offense left the defense out on the field, not getting first downs.” With a depleted squad, many of the Steelers went both ways. Fontana, playing on the short half of the field throughout the night, could not match its first-quarter performance. The Steelers stopped Miller at the Fohi 1 and drove back to midfield before kicking. But after that, the Rebels went 73 yards on nine plays and the rout had started. REV 29, EISENHOWER 15: Redlands East Valley got all it could handle from Eisenhower, before coming away with a 29-15 victory over the Eagles Friday night at Eisenhower. “It’s always a tough game against Eisenhower, they’re very physical and they match up well against us,” said Redlands East Valley Coach Kurt Bruich. “We knew it was going to be a struggle coming in.” The Wildcats weren’t able to put the game away until late in the fourth quarter when tight end Lance Evboumwan made a one-handed diving 20 yard catch in the corner of the end zone on a fourth down play. It was the third of three touchdown passes for Ronnie Fouch. But it took Fouch and the Wildcats’ offense an entire half to finally get warmed up. Both teams struggled offensively in the first half. The Eagles’ rushing attack stalled on several occasions while the Wildcats were unable to move the ball through the air due in large part to their inability to handle the pass rush. “Their pass rush was great,” said Fouch. “And they were only bringing four.” Turnovers also played a huge role as both teams saw potential scoring drives turned away due to costly fumbles and interceptions. The game appeared as though it would remain scoreless going into the half until the Eagles fumbled in their own territory and were unable to stop Fouch from completing three of his four passes, including an 11-yard strike to Isaiah Burel with five seconds remaining. “Our safety was a fraction of a second away from making that play,” said Eisenhower Coach Julius McChristian. “You take that away, we go into the half 0-0 and we walk away from this game I believe victorious.” The third quarter saw a both teams scoring at will, Eisenhower on the ground and Redlands East Valley through the air. The Eagles would take an 8-7 lead midway through the third after a one-yard run by Courtney Randall, only to have the Wildcats answer with a touchdown drive and successful two-point conversion of their own to take a 15-7 lead. “Our team never thinks they’re going to lose, which is hurting us at times,” said Bruich. Less the a minute later the Eagles would tie the game with the help of a 70 yard touchdown run by William Woods but Eisenhower’s power running style finally caught up with them, as Randall appeared visibly shaken and had to be helped off the field twice; the second time on a failed fourth down conversion. With Randall a non-factor the Wildcats were finally able to contain Eisenhower’s running, allowing them to control the clock and pull away for the victory with back to back scoring drives. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It was simply a case of too much Miller for the undermanned Steelers. The Rebels ran for 332 yards on 38 carries, of which only three attempts lost yards. In addition, the Rebels added another 106 yards through the air, nearly half on a pass from backup quarterback Derrick Duran to Lawrence Akwaboah. But the performance wasn’t enough to satisfy Tyree. “We have a couple of quarterbacks (A.J. Springer and Duran) that run the option pretty well and can throw,” Tyree said. “But I just can’t get 11 guys on offense that I’m satisfied with.” Springer scored the first TD of the game, running the option to perfection from 20 yards out, rushing four times for 51 yards. He was injured in the third quarter, allowing Duran his chance to perform. Certainly another back Tyree was pleased with was Erin Madden, who gainmed 154 yards on 14 carries. Madden scored twice – on a fourth-and-1 call and a 47-yard effort that featured his outstanding speed – and had five runs for more than 10 yards. FONTANA – There was once a period when a Citrus Belt League game between A.B. Miller and Fontana was a heated battle, a rivalry that was among the best in the area. It would have never evoked a comment such as the one Miller coach John Tyree made after his Rebels scored a 42-0 win over the intracity rival at Steeler Stadium.