Brawley Wildcats at Hoover Preview

BUHS vs Hoover
File Photo of Brawley v Hoover in San Diego 2012

BRAWLEY – The Brawley Wildcats Varsity football team of 2014 opens up in San Diego against City League’s Division III Hoover Cardinals.

The game scheduled for a 6:30pm kickoff, follows the Junior Varsity game which begins at 3:30pm.

Hoover is no stranger to the Wildcats as this is their fourth meeting in as many years. This will be the fifth time playing against a team coached by Jerry Ralph. He has met the Wildcats as a Hoover and St. Augustine Head Coach. The Wildcats are 2-2 versus Jerry Ralph teams and Hoover has the advantage of 2-1 record over Brawley.

This year’s Cardinals lost 23 seniors from last season due to graduation . They had a healthy 8-4 season in 2013 beating Calexico Bulldogs 61-0 in first round action and losing to Hilltop 13-6 in the quarterfinals of the Division III playoffs. A loss and a win were forfeits in their schedule last year.

Expect a fast paced game that should give coaches, announcers, and statisticians’ headaches as they often use a no-huddle offense that relies on the confidence of a seasoned QB.

This season’s QB for the Cardinals was listed to be #10 Senior Thomas Jo Spears but #1 Sophomore Damontauz Gray and # 2 Junior Daveon Bazzo line up in the backfield taking direct snaps in the shotgun formation along with #7 Senior Jaquille Bradford. They line up behind a huge line with #77 Senior Austin Brown as captain. He lines up on both the offensive and defensive line.

Hoover’s forte has always been speed in the skilled positions. This year’s Cardinals don’t appear to skip a beat in the speed department.

Last year’s loss to the Wildcats 18-0 will be an incentive for Hoover. The Imperial Valley heat and humidity showed many fans why San Diego teams shy away from scheduling games in the desert early in the season.

Hoover has a low number of 29 players on the roster compared to last year’s 55. It will be interesting to see if many players play on both sides of the ball or the roster just hasn’t been updated.

Hoover is located at 4474 El Cajon Blvd. San Diego, CA. 92115.

This is the only game in San Diego during the regular season. Brawley fans usually travel well and this season shouldn’t be much different. Come out and support this year’s 2014 Brawley Wildcats and please be safe.


  1. The easy schedule Brawley plays this year will hurt come playoff time. I can see Brawley losing a first round game at home. DII is very tough and they will draw a tough opponant. Coachella Valley and Yuma County teams are not what they use to be.

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