Inland Empire: Riverside King 42, Santiago 35

RIVERSIDE -- Todd Handley couldn’t be stopped for Riverside King on Thursday night. Neither could teammate T.J. Hickman.

Together they combined for 367 rushing yards and all six touchdowns as the Wolves knocked off Corona Santiago, 42-35, in a Big VIII League game at King High.

Handley finished with his third 200-yard effort of the season, totaling 223 yards in 28 carries and scoring four touchdowns. Hickman had 129 of his 144 yards and both touchdowns in the second half.

The Wolves (4-2) appeared to have the game in hand after 21 unanswered points in the second half to take a 35-14 lead with 11 minutes remaining in the game.

However, the Sharks didn’t fold, scoring three touchdowns in a three-minute span late in the fourth quarter to pull to within seven points. Handley then fumbled for the second time with 1:17 remaining and Santiago took over at its own 38-yard line.

The Sharks, ranked fifth in the Inland Empire by ESPNLA.com after wins this season against Chino Hills and Eastvale Roosevelt, drove to within striking distance, but Handley intercepted a pass in the end zone as time expired to seal the victory.

Santiago sophomore quarterback Michael Darr did not start the game because he missed practice all week because of flu, Santiago coach Jeff Steinberg said, but he entered late in the second quarter and led the Sharks on a scoring drive that tied the score, 14-14.

Darr finished 20 for 37 for 274 and two touchdowns.

The Sharks (2-3) were also without one of their best defenders, linebacker Ejro Ederaine, who had to sit out because he was ejected from last week’s game against Roosevelt.


The video highlights above include a pair of long runs by Handley and Hickman. Handley also discusses the victory, how his 44-inch vertical leap came in handy and his recruiting situation.