AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Chaffey’s defense was next to get in on the action. After a touchback on the kickoff, the Olympians were pushed back to their own 7-yard line after a false start and a pair of plays to running back Zack Jara that each lost yards. On a third-and-23, Santos tried to slip a pass through several Chaffey defenders, but the ball was deflected and shot high into the end zone. A Mesa player caught the errant ball and was tackled for a safety. Brown received the ensuing free kick and nearly broke it for a touchdown before being dragged down at the Mesa 18. Bernard Payton ran it in from there for the score and gave his team a 16-0 lead. Two minutes into the game, Ernest Jones picked off a pass from Olympian quarterback Jacob Santos at the Mesa 35. Casey Hansen hit receiver Au gustine Osuala with a short pass that he turned into a 16-yard gain. Donald Brown carried the ball to the end zone from 19 yards out on an end-around and gave Chaffey the 7-0 lead on just its second touch of the game. “You can’t go to another team’s home, go down 16 points and expect to be competitive,” Mesa coach Martin Mosssaid. “We weren’t prepared to handle their firepower at the start.” The Olympians finally woke up behind the steady arm of Santos. Phillip Gyulai caught a 26-yard pass that moved the ball to the Chaffey 46. Two plays later, Gyulai caught another pass for a 44-yard touch down. “We have this tendency to come out steamed up and build up a nice lead, but then relax and let the other team get back into the game,” Hansen said. Chaffey managed to score again in the first quarter when a short punt gave the Panthers the ball at Mesa’s 34. Osuala beat his defender on a post-corner route and Hansen hit him in stride in the end zone, which stretched the lead back to 16 points. Hansen finished the night 10-for-23 for 161 yards. In the second half, the Panthers relied more on their ground game. Payton, who finished the night with 167 yards on 27 carries, 19 of which came in the second half, scored his second touchdown on a 1-yard run at the 12:36 point in the third quarter for the 30-10 lead. The following drive by Mesa was stopped short when Chaf fey’s defense came up with an other interception, this time at the hands of Christopher Smith. But before the Panthers could evenfinish celebrating the re covered turnover, they turned the ball over. Payton was stripped on a run up the middle and Mesa defensive lineman Christopher Carman scooped up the ball and rumbled 49 yards for the score. “I felt the team played well to day, offensively and defensively, and especially the offensive line,” Payton said. “But I feel I have a lot of things to work on. I gave up a touchdown on that fumble, so I definitely have things I need to work on.” Payton redeemed himself on Chaffey’s next possession, where he had seven carries on its 12-play drive, including the 3-yard run that capped it and stretched the lead to 36-17. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RANCHO CUCAMONGA — Chaffey rebounded in a big way against Mesa by putting the Olympians in an early hole and cruising to a 43-20 victory at Chaffey College Saturday night. Chaffey put up nearly as many points in the first five minutes of the game as Mesa did the entire night in a rapid-fire display on both sides of the football.