AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “He just played at an incredible intensity level when we needed him to,” Hornback said. “He had quite a game. Actually, all of the guys had quite a game.” Fontana fell to 0-5, 0-2. Hornback, who took over at Rialto just before the season began, said there was nothing quite like that first victory. “The kids have worked so hard and we’re still trying to put new things in,” he said. “They’ve responded and it’s just a very good feeling. It’s exhilarating. “There’s still a lot of things we need to work on, but that’s OK, we won. “I think he’s a legitimate Division I player,” first-year Rialto head coach Brad Hornback said. “I think both he and I learned something about what he’s capable of tonight. I didn’t even start him.” Romero scored on runs of 33 and 10 yards in the second half, but his most critical play may have come on defense when he knocked the ball from Fontana running back Sumner Fife’s hands on the third play of the second half. Rialto’s Tony Hosey scoped up the ball and scampered 19 yards for a touchdown to put the Knights ahead, 13-12. FONTANA – Kenny Romero rushed for 145 yards, scored a pair of second-half touchdowns and forced a fumble that led to another as Rialto rolled to a 26-18 victory Friday night over Fontana in a Citrus Belt League game at Steeler Stadium. Romero, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior, did most of his damage in the second half, which was good news for the Knights (1-4, 1-1), who found themselves trailing 12-7 at the half. The Knights, however, nearly self-destructed on penalties (15 for 135 yards) and turnovers (4). Rialto came out firing on all cylinders, scoring on its first drive as Reginald Simpson used the same off-tackle run to chew up yards and set up his own 1-yard TD run just 2:15 into the game. Simpson, who finished with 84 yards on 12 carries, picked up 57 yards on the drive. Fontana, however, clamped down on defense and then made the Knights pay for a pair of turnovers in the second quarter – both fumbles that set the Steelers up inside the Rialto 35. Fife, who finished with 121 yards on 19 carries, made the Knights pay for the first one with a 39-yard scoring run the closed the gap to 7-6, and just 40 seconds later Steelers quarterback Malcolm McFarland hit Kirk Fitzhugh with a 27-yard scoring pass to put Fontana up 12-7 with just 15 seconds to play in the half. Behind Romero’s second half running, however, the Knights came storming back. Hosey’s TD and Romero’s first score with 8:15 to play in the third quarter put the Knights up 19-12, but the Steelers responded by once again converting on a Rialto turnover – this time an interception by Fontana’s LaRonzo Coleman. A pass interference penalty and roughing penalty helped move the Steelers along and Fife’s 27-yard run set up Coleman on a 3-yard TD run that cut the Rialto lead to 19-18 with 7:46 to play in the game. Rialto, however, drove 60 yards on eight plays to put the game out of reach. Romero was a workhorse on the drive, converting a second-and-15 with a 29-sweep, and then running the final 10 yards up the middle for the TD. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!