The Bloomington football team turned in a good effort in its game on Sept. 6, but the Bruins couldn't keep up with D.J. Jackson and the Fontana A.B. Miller Rebels.
Jackson rushed for 132 yards on 14 carries and scored 3 touchdowns as Miller led 13-0 at halftime and held off a late Bloomington comeback for a 27-19 victory in the non-league duel.
Jackson also caught 3 passes for 27 yards, scored on a two-point conversion, and on defense he had 3 solo tackles and 3 assisted tackles and recovered a fumble. Plus, he had a pair of other apparent touchdowns -- a 60-yard run from scrimmage and a 98-yard interception return -- that were nullified by penalties.
Miller raised its record to 2-1, while Bloomington dropped to 2-1 after posting two impressive wins in previous weeks.
"It was a great game. Bloomington's a good school. We started off a little slow, like usual," Jackson said, "but we got the win."
Jackson praised the fine work of his offensive linemen, who helped the Rebels pile up a total of 338 yards.
In the first quarter, Peter Coleman ran 31 yards through a huge hole created by the linemen to put the Rebels ahead.
The home team drove in for six more points on a short run by Jackson in the second period.
Bloomington's offense moved the football but kept getting stymied by the Miller defense until the third quarter, when the Bruins broke through for a touchdown on Emilio Arriaga's 30-yard run to cut the lead to 13-7.
But Miller responded in the fourth quarter on a 45-yard dash by Jackson to go up 19-7.
Bloomington countered with a 21-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jacob Santiago to pull within 19-12.
However, Jackson then came through with another big play, a 42-yard run to the end zone in the final minutes.
Bloomington cashed in a late TD but it wasn't enough to overcome the Rebels.
Coleman completed 4 of 8 passes for 63 yards and also ran 15 times for 96 yards in the game. Eduardo Zaragoza added 47 yards in 9 rushing attempts. Alberto Castaneda caught 2 passes for 36 yards.
On defense, Castaneda intercepted a pass and also had 1 solo tackle and 2 assists.
Medardo Sanchez had 5 solo tackles and 4 assists, while Manuel Vega had 4 tackles, 5 assists, and 1 sack. Amour Cosey had 3 tackles and 5 assists, Jose Lopez had 2 tackles and 4 assists, and Angel Millan had 1 tackle and 5 assists.
Miller will play at local rival Fontana on Friday, Sept. 13.