NEWPORT COAST — The game started nearly 20 minutes late Friday night at Sage Hill School.
Visiting Mojave High was having bus problems. Sage Hill Coach J.R. Tolver, also the school's athletic director, pushed back the start time. It was a better alternative for the visiting Mustangs than having their bus break down somewhere in the Mojave Desert.
But once the game started, the Lightning weren't nearly as accommodating to their guests on the field.
Conner Ascher and Taylor Petty each returned interceptions for touchdowns, and Sage Hill used another big rushing night by senior Taylor Ross to earn a 35-24 nonleague win.
Sage Hill, ranked No. 7 in the CIF Southern Section East Valley Division, is 3-0 for the first time since 2007.
"I am extremely, extremely proud of you guys," Tolver told his team after the game. "A thousand percent proud."
The Mustangs (2-1), ranked No. 6 in the Northeast Division, are no slouches. But Sage was extremely opportunistic, intercepting Mojave three times in just 14 pass attempts. Both Ascher and Petty's scores came in the first half.