CALEXICOÂ â€”Â Undefeated at 3-0 and with two non-conference games left before Imperial Valley League play begins, the Calexico Bulldogs chewed up the Rams of Desert Mirage at home 45-0 in Friday night high school football action.
On the opening drive of the game, the Bulldogs came out running, but were held at the 11-yard-line forcing a successful field goal attempt by Gil Olivas (#8) and getting on the board first at 3-0.
With 4:51 left in the first half, the Rams fumbled the ball, which was recovered by Calexicoâ€™s Diego Ramos (#24)at the Desert Mirage 29-yard-line.
But a personal foul pushed the Bulldogs all the way back to mid-field. On the very next play, quarterback Frank Moreno (#11) heaved a 50-yard rainbow to wide receiver Andy Rojas (#81) to take a 10-0 lead.
â€œWe wanted to identify the base of their defense and come out throwing,â€ said Calexico Bulldogs head Coach John Tyree about Friday nightâ€™s strategy.
Early in the third quarter at the ten minute mark, a 17-yard run from the Rams’ 20-yard-line by Bulldogs full back Alex Rivera (#33), set up a 3-yard touchdown option pitch to Jorge Viallobos (#28) pushing Calexico ahead 17-0.
A 47-yard punt return to the Desert Mirage 13-yard-line by Rojas put the Bulldogs within striking distance again where Juan Flores (#32) trotted in for a 7-yard rushing touchdown to extend the lead 24-0.
Still in the third quarter with 4:39 left, Desert Mirage attempted a fake punt that was sniffed out by the Bulldogs to regain possession on their own 42-yard-line.
A break-away 47-yard gain toward the end of the third quarter by Ernesto Covarrubias (#6) on third and nine, would help facilitate another Calexico touchdown for a 31-0 lead on a 19-yard connection between Moreno and Rojas.
The team of Moreno and Rojas would hook-up again on a 28-yard rollout pass to the Desert Mirage 22-yard-line. In the same series, a goal-line quarterback keeper by Moreno inflated the lead to 38-0 with 7:38 remaining in the fourth.
The last blow came at the hands of Calexico running back Steven Torres (#5) on a 19-yard touchdown gallop with four minutes left to play, for the last score of the game bringing it to 45-0.
â€œWeâ€™ve reached a point where we could fix things up and be competitive in the league,â€ said Coach Tyree about this seasonâ€™s aspirations.