Brawley loses in opener 0-7

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SAN DIEGO – The Brawley Wildcats opened up their 2014 football season at the lone scheduled game in San Diego at Herbert Hoover High School last night.

It showed all signs of being a first game for both teams as only one score was made the entire evening. Both teams had brief moments of being seasoned veterans, but often showed they were in the early stages of teams on a mission. (for success)

The Cardinals capitalized on a Wildcat miscue in the first quarter and scored on a short two-play drive of fifteen yards in: 46 seconds.
That score would be enough for Hoover as their stingy defense would not allow Brawley into the end zone the entire contest. When the clock struck zero, the final was 7-0 in favor of the Hosting Cardinals team.
Brawley began the season opener receiving the opening kickoff from their 19 yard line after an eighteen yard return by Senior Nico Aguirre.
The Wildcats used eight plays to drive into Cardinal territory, but stalled, then were forced to punt the ball back to Hoover. The Wildcats had the ball again after a short three plays and punt from the Cardinals. The punt would be huge, though, as Hoover’s punter pinned the Wildcats on the one foot line after a 72 ½ yard for Brawley’s second possession.
The next drive showed promise as the Wildcats got some breathing room and moved the first down markers out to their eighteen yard line.

Unfortunately, the first turnover of the game made its presence felt when a swarming Cardinal defense forced a bad pitch.

Hoover needed two plays to put their first and only score on the board. The point after was good and the Cardinals led 7-0 with 2:29 left in the first quarter.

Both teams exchanged sets of downs for the rest of the first and second quarters with great defense or sluggish offense depending how one looked at the picture.
The biggest drive of the game for Hoover began with 6:42 left in the half. There the Cardinals drove from Wildcat’s 38 yard line and found their way to the one yard line.
The drive was extended as the Cardinals attempted a short field goal and Brawley was guilty of roughing the kicker.

With under ten seconds left in the half the Cardinals aimed to take a two touchdown lead, but Sophomore AJ Grijalva intercepted a pass in the end zone vanquishing  all hopes of extending the lead quickly.

The second half was more of the same as each team moved the ball in small increments due to determined defenses.

Brawley actually had more success moving the ball the entire game as it (unofficially) out gained Hoover in total offense by a margin of 134-93 yards.

The Wildcats were in Cardinal territory for a majority of its possessions during the entire second half. Big plays by the Cardinals defense preserved the 7-0 score including a fumble, an interception and a goal line stance including a pass resulting in a 7 yard loss to end one of four scoring threats by the Wildcats.
The Wildcats played extremely well defensively allowing less than 100 yards of offense and a lone fifteen yard scoring drive of two plays.

Next week will have the Valley Center Jaguars at Brawley. The Jaguars are fresh off a huge win over Mar Vista by a convincing score of 40-14.