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Paraclete's Ryan Davis tries to break free from the grasp of Barstow's David Green during the non-league game Friday night. The Aztecs fell to the visiting Spirits 29-6 at Langworthy Field.

Paraclete passes Barstow High School football team


Paraclete        0    22    7    0    —    29
Barstow        0    0    6    0    —    6

Second Quarter
P —  Barnett 15 pass from Carvalho (Davis run)
P — Barnett 22 pass from Carvalho (Sica kick)
P — Thompson 19 pass from Carvalho (Sica kick)
Third Quarter
B — Yarber 66 pass from Deverell (run failed)
P — Thompson 23 pass from Carvalho (Sica kick)

BARSTOW • Paraclete got its revenge on Barstow Friday night.

Paraclete and Barstow faced off in Lancaster last September with the Aztecs coming out on top 20-10. However, only one thing stayed the same from last season — the home team lost. The Spirits beat the Aztecs 29-6 at Langworthy Field in a game that saw plenty of passing. Paraclete threw the ball for 199 yards, and Barstow displayed its best passing game of the season with 72 yards. The biggest difference from 2009 to 2010 was Barstow’s running game. The Aztecs rushed for 159 yards on Friday compared with the 295 they put up last year.

Paraclete coach Norm Dahlia said his team was able to impose its will on Friday.

“I’m very happy,” Dahlia said. “We did exactly what we wanted to do. We were able to keep their offense contained. Last year they keyed on our running game as well, and we were able to open it up and pass. We aren’t a one dimensional team anymore.”

The Spirits’ new passing game was led by quarterback Chris Carvalho. Carvalho entered the game averaging 195 yards. He connected with wide receiver Darian Thompson and tight end Lavonte Barnett for touchdowns four times during the game. Barnett worked hard for his second touchdown of the first half carrying three Aztecs as he broke into the endzone.

“They were able to get the ball out there,” Barstow coach Jose Rubio said. “They didn’t just have a good game from 85 (Barnett), 22 (Thompson) is a strong receiver, too. Their quarterback was a big threat in their option offense. I wish 21 (Roosevelt Davis) hadn’t got hurt and left the game. He was fumbling.”

Paraclete led 22-0 at halftime despite Barstow’s defensive stands early in the game. The Aztecs forced Davis to fumble the ball twice. Barstow’s Chris Smalls hit him on the 33 yard line and the ball flew out. Ricky Burns recovered the ball.

The Aztecs proceeded to run twice for no gain, throw an incomplete pass and punt the ball. The first drive proved to be representative of Barstow’s offensive production in the game.
“We’re still making too many mental mistake,” Rubio said. “We have to correct that and get healthy. Devin Lowe is a great guy to have come in as quarterback, but there’s things we can’t do with him that we can with Steven (Deverell).”

Deverell missed Barstow’s last game against Kaiser with a pulled hamstring, and he was standing on the sidelines at halftime. When the Aztecs came back from the locker room there was one more player — Deverell. Rubio brought him into the game after the trainer cleared him.

Deverell’s first play of the game was a hand off to Ricky Burns for a one-yard gain, but his second nearly swung the momentum of the game to Barstow. He hit Dex Yarber for a 66-yard touchdown pass. The excitement was short lived for the Aztecs as the Spirits went back down the field and scored on their next drive.

Barstow’s defense improved after the touchdown and held Paraclete to seven points including a scoreless fourth quarter.

“Coach (Ray) Silva made some great adjustments to the defense,” Rubio said. “We just changed some alignments, and saw what they were doing. Our secondary has some sophomores back there and Deverell was still not playing safety. It was a kind of baptism by fire for them. We may be piling up loses to start this season, but we’re playing tough teams and piling up experience as well.”

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