CALEXICO — In an eventful Friday night home game, the Calexico Bulldogs got their paws all over the Raiders of Southwest San Diego High School, taking them out 53-26.
On Calexico’s first play from scrimmage at the 10:33 mark in the first quarter, Southwest San Diego’s defensive back Isak Lopez (#2) sustained an unfortunate neck injury in a head collision with one of his teammates. The game was delayed 45 minutes while the ambulance arrived to take Lopez to the hospital for additional observation.
Once the game resumed, the Bulldogs wasted no time and pounced on their second play. Quarterback Frank Moreno (#11) aired one out to the 35-yard line to wide receiver Andy Rojas (#81) where he shook a defender and then turned on the burners the rest of the way for a 47-yard touchdown and a quick 6-0 lead.
Like déjà vu, with 5:33 left in the first quarter, the Bulldogs’ Moreno would find Rojas for another touchdown pass, this time for 22 yards, after a nifty juke on the defensive back to go up 13-0. Calexico failed on its first two extra point attempts.
The game was stopped once again in the first quarter with 4:33 left on the clock following a Bulldog sack on a Raiders communication miscue, when the referees called time and approached the Calexico Band section and PA announcer to order them not to play or speak during the snap-count.
On the same sequence, the Raiders’ fullback Leonard Hoar (#44) broke through for a 29-yard touchdown run, making it a one score game of 13-6 after an unsuccessful two point conversion attempt.
Still in the first quarter, Calexico fullback Alex Rivera (#33) bulled his way in for a one-yard goal line touchdown giving the Bulldogs a 19-6 lead after yet another foiled extra point attempt.
The Raiders answered right back with another touchdown run from their own 35-yard line by fullback Hoar, making it a 19-12 contest following the game’s fifth blown extra point effort.
At the start of the second period, the Bulldogs’ quarterback Moreno and wide receiver Rojas would complete a trifecta on a 66-yard telegram, increasing the lead 26-12.
Less than a minute later, following a Calexico fumble recovery by Alfredo Carrillo (#80), Moreno would again find his favorite target of Rojas, giving the Bulldogs their fourth touchdown duet, with the score up to 33-12.
Calexico scored again on a 36-yard quarterback keeper by Moreno to go into the half up 40-12.
Not even a sprinkler malfunction right before the second half kick-off could cool down the Bulldogs.
Calexico immediately got right back to work with a 95-yard kickoff return by Rojas to take a comfortable 46-12 lead to start the second half.
“We just kept hitting them with our big plays,” said Calexico Bulldogs Head Coach John Tyree about their impressive offensive performance.
The Raiders showed a pulse midway through the third quarter when fullback Hoar ran another one in from 40-yards out, bringing the score to 46-18.
The last haymaker came in the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs’ running back Ernesto Covarrubias (#6) raced away from mid-field for Calexico’s final touchdown to bring the lead to 53-18.
The Raiders also got on the board one more time on a 14-yard touchdown pass to running back Zaire Simpson (#3) leaving the final score of the game 53-26.