BRAWLEY – “Stayin’ Alive” in the hunt for at least a share of the IVL title, the Southwest Eagles visited Brawley with hopes of an upset against the Wildcats.
Brawley Wildcats had other things in mind as they entered the game favored to win by at least (Studio) 54 points or more. Friday evening, the Wildcats caught “Saturday Night Fever” and did “The Hustle” to the tune of 63 points while the defense had the Eagles singing the tune “I Will Survive”.
The scoreboard read 63-0 on this Homecoming evening whose theme was “Saturday Night Fever”.
The “Good Times” began immediately after Southwest’s one yard gain on 3 plays and a punt. It was Brawley’s first drive and it was soon obvious they were on “Fire”. Isaac Comparan received two hand offs and in those two runs his “Boogie Shoes” took him fifty-six yards for his first of three touchdowns. The scoring play was on a 26 yard run with 10:29 left in the first.
The Eagles fared no better on their next drive as they only mustered one yard of offense in three plays and punted on 4th and 9.
Brawley started a second drive on their 30.
Four plays and 70 yards later, the Wildcats found themselves dancing to the tune of “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now”. After a pass to Donovan Buck for eleven yards and two short runs, Isaac Comparan was off to the races on a 57 yard scamper down the Wildcats’ sideline for his second TD.
At 6:21 left in the first, the Wildcats were up 14-0 after the PAT. Placekicker Remmington Campbell converted nine consecutive PAT’s on the evening.
Trying to “Turn The Beat Around” the Eagles found yet another set of downs resulting in a 4th down punt after gaining one yard. This punt went out of bounds on the Wildcat 32 yard line at 5:20 on the clock. The Wildcats returned the favor and punt for the only time of the evening. Southwest began their next drive on the Eagle 30 yard line.
Southwest Eagles tried to establish their passing game again into their next drive. Unfortunately, for Caleb Ashurst, his second completion of the evening was caught by Josh Godinez for an interception at the Wildcat 40 yard line.
The Wildcats scored on 2nd and 2 when Bryce Alexander gave Brawley “More, More, More” points and a 21-0 lead in the first quarter.
“It Only Takes A Minute” to turn over the football back to the Wildcats as Eagles QB threw his second interception in the waiting hands of a diving Josh Godinez. Brawley took over with :57 seconds left and the ball on 43.
Two plays and one penalty moved the ball to the Southwest 30 and the first quarter had ended. Again Brawley used fullback Jared Mohammed for two big runs. A couple more handoffs to Mohammed found him making the score 28-0 on a six yard TD run.
Southwest finally caught some momentum on their next drive. Caleb Ashurst moved the ball to midfield. But as fast as they gained yards, they lost them when a quarterback sack and an intentional grounding play pushed them back to a 3rd and 33. On that play, Donavan Buck dropped back in pass coverage and made an interception. Brawley had the ball on the Eagles 44.
Hunter Wharton, whose name was heard after many defensive plays, got the call on a pass play that he took to the Eagle 26 yard line. After an incomplete pass, Isaac Comparan still wearing his “Boogie Shoes” would “Dance, Dance Dance” for his third and final touchdown of the evening. Wildcats lead was 35-0 with 8:42 left in the first half.
One big play was the highlight of the Eagles next drive. A pass gave them a first down to the Wildcats 46 yard line after two run plays had netted them negative three yards. The Eagles self-destructed on 2nd and 11 on a fumbled snap where the Wildcats drove from their own 46 yard line.
It was time for a “Soul Train” dance line as the Wildcats used six run plays by Comparan, Mohammed, Tanner Rollins and a final run of 14 yards untouched by QB Josh Godinez. Wildcats lead was 42-0.
The half ended with a short drive by the Eagles that had them punting on 4th down. The Wildcats ran the clock out after two long runs by Tanner Rollins and Jared Mohammed.
Southwest began the third quarter with a pooch kickoff and Brawley started from their own 29 yard line. It was Ross Rubio’s turn to “Get Down Tonight” as he assumed the QB position to begin the second half. Many starters were now replaced with the subs and Rubio had a first down run of 12 yards but a penalty brought the ball back to the Wildcat 13 yard line. After making his presence known last week in Blythe, Misael Soto, had a case of “Boogie Fever” when on his first carry he sprinted 87 yards for his second TD of the season. Only :24 seconds had ticked off the clock in the second half and Brawley led 49-0.
The Eagles opened up their first and most successful drive of the second half until their final play. Using 7 minutes and 41 seconds of the third quarter Southwest drove from their 20 to the Wildcats 4 yard line. On 4th and goal at the four, an offensive pass interference was called on what appeared to be the Eagles first TD of the night. Being it was on 4th down, the penalty resulted on a loss of downs for the Eagles and preserved the Wildcats shutout. At 3:55 left in the third Brawley still lead 49-0.
“Night Fever” was now an epidemic on the field. On the next drive for the Wildcats, Rubio had a couple great runs that moved the ball to the Southwest 14 yard line. On first and ten from the 14 Senior Richard Ramirez scored on a sweep around the left side to make the score 56-0 with 1:41 left in the third.
The Eagles fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Tanner Rollins would “Pick Up The Pieces” with the recovery. Brawley offense had the ball once again, this time at the Southwest 24 yard line. Richard Ramirez provided the “Last Dance” into the end zone after three runs, the last a TD run of 19 yards. It wasthe final score of the evening.
On the Eagles final attempt to avoid the shutout and a running clock in affect, they only mustered up three first downs. Bryce Alexander, playing free safety, ended all hopes of a late score and ended the game at 63-0.
The Wildcats would very much like to be singing “Ring My Bell” at the end of the game next week. A victory will give them sole possession of the IVL Title and should get them a “Bye” for the first round of the playoffs.
The 69th annual “BELL GAME” will be played on Warne Field at 7pm. Nothing would be more satisfying for the Spartans than an upset against the Wildcats in Brawley. As we all know, it doesn’t matter what the team records are when these two teams meet. In last year’s game, heavily favored Wildcats held on to a slim 12-6 lead at the end of the third quarter. They eventually went on for the 35-6 victory.
Be there and Be early. Good Luck Wildcats.