Maiden’s first throw as Mendocino QB goes for touchdown
By halftime, he was a star.
Summoned off the bench late in the second quarter for the Mendocino football team, Maiden replaced the starting quarterback and threw a touchdown pass the first time he touched the ball.
The freshman finished with three TD passes as Mendocino beat Cabrillo 40-20 in the California Community Colleges Athletic Association opener.
Maiden, of Lathrop High fame, completed 12-of-20 passes for 222 yards.
With Mendocino trailing 14-13 at the end of the first half, the coaches made a change at quarterback hoping to spark the offense. It worked as the Alaskan threw a 30-yard TD pass on his first play under center.
Maiden also made sure to get former Lathrop players Joceice Cannon and Ryan Perdue involved in the offense. The three of them used to make plays for the Malemutes, now they are playmakers for Mendocino.
Maiden’s second TD pass went to fellow freshman Cannon for 31 yards in the third quarter. Perdue, a sophomore, caught three passes for a team-high 95 yards.