For a while, Fontana High School's football players gave undefeated Kaiser a tough time in their game on Oct. 11.
But then the Cats, leading by a slim 16-6 margin after three quarters, erupted for three touchdowns in the fourth period to secure a 37-6 victory.
Kaiser (2-0 in the Sunkist League, 7-0 overall) stayed tied with Summit for first place in the standings, while Fohi dropped to 1-1 in league action.
The Cats and SkyHawks will face off for the league lead on Friday, Oct. 18 at Fontana A.B. Miller High School's field.
Kaiser coach Bill Cardosi gave credit to the Steelers for keeping the game close most of the way. It was similar to the Cats' previous Sunkist outing on Oct. 4, in which they trailed Grand Terrace 7-6 at halftime before surging to a 35-7 win.
"I think we did some good things, but as usual, we did some things to hurt ourselves," Cardosi said. "But in the end, we won, 37-6, so we've got to be happy."
Dustin Chaidez, Gabriel Ortiz, and Trey Tribble turned in good overall efforts for the Cats, and the defensive unit did a fine job despite many fine passes by Fohi quarterback Calvin Burnach.
Chaidez rushed 16 times for 138 yards and also sparkled on defense by intercepting a pass and returning it 37 yards for a touchdown.
Ortiz picked up 82 yards in 10 carries and scored 2 touchdowns. Tribble completed 7 of 12 passes for 102 yards and 2 TDs, and he also rushed 12 times for 98 yards.
Tribble's passing helped set up a 5-yard touchdown run by Ortiz in the first quarter. A little bit later, the QB fired a pass to Josiah Finnell, who plunged into the end zone to complete a 16-yard play, giving Kaiser a 13-0 edge.
But Fohi roared back as Burnach threw a 24-yard pass to Nathan Juarez, who wrestled the football away from the defender and fell into paydirt to draw within 13-6.
After Amber Cristobal was crowned Homecoming queen at halftime, the Cats padded their margin in the third period with a 24-yard field goal by Joseph Glenn, and then in the fourth stanza, Tribble tossed a short pass to Glenn, who made a nice move to elude tacklers and sped down the sideline 27 yards for a 23-6 edge.
Finnell finished with 3 receptions for 29 yards, while Ortiz had 2 catches for 30 yards.
On defense, Kaiser's Matthew Lua made 4 solo tackles and 2 assists. Ortiz had 3 tackles and 3 assists and Isaiah Cabral and Glenn both had 3 tackles. Zackary Bradley had a sack.
For Fohi, Burnach completed 10 of 20 passes for 161 yards and also rushed 5 times for 24 yards. Leonardo Barreras had 3 receptions for 48 yards, Joseph Burciaga had 3 catches for 35 yards, Juarez had 2 receptions for 39 yards, and Joshua Roman and Elijah Todd had receptions.
The Steelers' defense was helped by Edgar Chavez and Manny Barreras, who recovered fumbles. Cristian Rosel and Barreras both had sacks. Roman had 6 tackles and 1 assist, Barreras had 5 tackles and 2 assists, Rosel had 5 tackles and 2 assists, Danny Reyes had 5 tackles and 1 assist, Burciaga had 4 tackles and 1 assist, Angel Gonzalez and Patrick Muller both had 3 tackles and 3 assists, and Fernando Parra had 3 tackles and 2 assists.