Never say never for Nordhoff

Carpinteria QB Ian Craddock

Carpinteria quarterback Ian Craddock evades pressure from Nordhoff in the second half of Friday’s Tri-Valley League game.

Down 21-14 in the third quarter, Nordhoff was able to flip the switch on Friday night at Carpinteria High School.

The No. 1 ranked Rangers scored 35 unanswered in barely over a quarter of time to secure a 49-28 Tri-Valley League victory over the Warriors.

Nordhoff quarterback Tanner Workman gets good protection from the Carpinteria defense while attempting a pass.

After Peter Ramos’ touchdown gave Carpinteria a 21-14 lead with 6:49 in the third quarter, Nordhoff responded with its own seven points. On the Warriors’ next possession, the Rangers blocked a punt to set up another quick touchdown. Carpinteria and its homecoming crowd saw its upset bid vanish in a heartbeat.

“In the first half things weren’t going our way,” said Nordhoff’s Tayler Livingston. “We just didn’t have that spark yet.”

Livingston scored three times for Nordhoff and now has 14 total on the season. Matt Woodcock dusted off the game with 4th quarter scoring runs of 42 and 8 yards.?Nordhoff, the top-ranked team in the Southern Section’s Northwest Division, head into next week’s TVL showdown with No. 2 Bishop Diego with an 8-0 record, 2-0 TVL.

Ramos recorded a second touchdown for Carpinteria in the first half. Ian Craddock’s 31-yard scramble late in the fourth quarter was his second rushing TD of the game.

The Warriors (4-4, 0-2) have road games at Santa Paula and at Oak Park remaining on their schedule. Carpinteria’s 0-2 start to TVL play isn’t as bad as it looks considering the losses come from the Northwest Division’s top-two ranked teams in Nordhoff and Bishop Diego.

“I think the tough part for us, out of our league, is just getting to the playoffs,” said Carpinteria head coach Ben Hallock. “If we get to playoffs I think we have an excellent chance to maybe advance.”