Photo credit: Scott Padgett Photography

TEMECULA: Great Oak High School and King have a lot in common.  Both are relatively new schools, both are known for strong academics and excellence, both have a “wolf” in their mascot and both are adorned in red, white and blue.  At home football games, both schools are somewhat famous for their zealous “Red Zones” that create a raucous and fun environment.

But on Friday night at Great Oak High in Temecula the commonalities ended as the Wolf Pack handed the King Wolves plenty of adversity – especially in the second half of the game — and gave the visiting team their first loss of the season, 25-50.

King High School’s Head Coach Kevin Corridan was nevertheless upbeat and positive, remarking that “the defeat won’t define us.  Once we clean up some of the details, the sky is the limit for this group.  We have a a lot of kids competing at a high level.”

Quarterback Bradley Klevens was one of those at that level Friday night.  Kleven threw for 281 yards and 4 touchdowns. Chris Venable had only 3 touches but made good on those receptions by scampering for 127 yards while doing double-duty with 17 tackles on defense. Jarod Favors was one of Klevens’ go-to guys in the receiving corp and made 6 catches for 108 yards; scoring on two of them.

Sophomore Jordan Murry rushed for 77 yards on 17 carries.

King was in the lead 18-15 at halftime but the adversity came in doses in the third quarter as Great Oak scored 28 points in that quarter alone.

“Our breakdowns were hard to overcome” Wolves coach Kevin Corridan told the Riverside Press Enterprise. “We got set with some bad field position, turned the ball over, gave them opportunities and they were playing on our half of the field the whole third quarter.”

The outcome was disappointing, but the season is young and the optimism is still high.

“We were able to learn from the adversity of the game and fought hard through some difficult game situations” Corridan remarked. “We will continue working forward and are fired up to put on a great show this Friday at home against Paloma Valley.”

Read the Press Enterprise’s story on the game here.

For photos from the game, check out Scott Padgett’s great images here.