HOLTVILLE — The Calipatria Hornets stung the Holtville Vikings in Viking-land this past week, earning a 36-7 victory over the Vikings while on the road in Holtville.
The night began with a six-play 55 yard touchdown drive for the home team as Holtville quarterback Anthony Castro capped it off with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Evan Marquez to make it 7-0 early in the first quarter.
Although the Hornets gained a first down on the first play from scrimmage, the Viking defense clamped down and held them to a punt. From there, the Vikings drove to the Hornets’ five-yard line, where on third down and inches, a fumble on a quarterback sneak was recovered by the Hornets on their own two-yard line, breathing new life and providing a huge momentum swing in Calipat’s favor.
Two plays later, Hornet QB Robert Cervantes ran a quarterback keeper 94 yards for a touchdown, and along with a two point conversion, the Hornets found themselves going from the brink of being down 14-0 to being up 8-7 with 4:21 left in the quarter.
Again the turnover bug bit on the ensuing Holtville possession as Hornet Julian Medina intercepted a Holtville pass giving Calipatria the ball back at their own 38-yard line.
After six straight rush plays, Calipatria had the perfect call on their seventh play as Robert Cervantes found Julian Medina deep for a 34-yard touchdown pass. Once again converting their two point opportunity, the score put the Hornets up 16-7 at half.
The second half added more grit to the Hornet lead as Holtville could not move the ball close enough to the goal line to get on the board.
Calipatria’s Cervantes would score the last three touchdowns, one on a QB sneak from the one-yard line and the other a scoop and score fumble recovery. In the fourth quarter, he would keep the ball and go for a 30-yard touchdown that officially ended the score at a 36-7 final.
“Everything that has happened in this magical season is due to you guys dedicating and committing,” said Calipatria Hornets Head Coach Mike Swearingen to his team after the game.
“It’s due to a committed coaching staff, it’s due to the school administration, the school board, for backing us. It’s due to all of these students and the student body, all of the parents and the community of Calipat,” he added.
“It’s been an honor, and a privilege for me to coach you guys,” he said.