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Jesuit thumps Golden Valley football

CARMICHAEL -- Travis Snider took the handoff, shook off two would-be tacklers and was suddenly running in the clear without a single defender within 10 yards of him.

Unfortunately for Golden Valley, this was an all too familiar sight on Saturday, as the senior had the best day ever for a Jesuit running back.

Snider torched the GV defense to the tune of a school record 287 yards and five touchdowns on just 18 carries in Jesuit's 58-16 victory.

Even more amazing is Snider came out of the game midway through the third quarter with the game out of hand.

"We weren't wrapping up," Golden Valley linebacker Rey Rivas said. "That's it. We didn't make tackles. He was pretty fast and a good athlete. We have some athletes on our team. We just didn't make plays."

Snider broke off enough big runs to fill out a couple of highlights tapes.

He scored on runs of 39, 74, 38, 25 and 68 yards as Jesuit finally shook off the nightmares of last week's 52-0 loss to Stockton St. Mary's.

Snider's first 39-yard touchdown run came on a fourth-and-one on Jesuit's first possession.

Golden Valley answered right back with 11-play, 69-yard drive that ended with quarterback Matt Martin finding Ross McNamara open in the corner of the end zone for a 9-yard touchdown pass.

However, GV missed the extra point and still trailed 7-6.

Then the game quickly got out of hand.

Snider scored on a 74-yard touchdown run on Jesuit's very next play.

Jesuit turned two GV fumbles into 10 points and Snider kept scoring just about every time he touched the ball as Jesuit built a 31-6 lead at the half.

"We just played a better team," said GV coach Jon Betschart, whose team dropped to 0-3. "You have to give them credit. We'll work hard and get ready for next week."