Calipatria Gets Homecoming Party Crashed by Aquinas

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CALIPATRIA — Riding high on a three-game winning streak, the Calipiatria High football team looked to continue its new found winning ways as they hosted Aquinas High in their homecoming game here Friday.

Aquinas was in the party-crashing mood as they ended the Hornet elation with a 56-0 win.

Aquinas running backs Miguel Flores and Branden Rankins were the main culprits for the damage done to the Hornets ground defense and on the scoreboard as they combined for six touchdowns.The Falcons  rushed for over 300 hundred yards on the night.

In what started off as a sloppy game, Aquinas opted for a pooch kick on the first kickoff of the night, and recovered it deep in Hornet territory. After driving down to the three yard line the Hornet defense forced a fumble on the Falcon offensive handoff and recovered it at their own three-yard line.

The Hornets only held the ball for four offensive plays as a fumble of their own gave the Falcons the ball back at the Hornet 35.

From there the Falcons scored on a five-play drive capped by a five-yard touchdown run by Flores with 5:45 left in the first.

After forcing a quick three-and-out, Flores again found the end zone on the Falcon’s next possession, an eight-yard touchdown run putting the Falcons up 14-0 with 2:10 left in the first quarter.

The Falcons again forced a three-and-out, but this time when the Hornets punted on fourth down, Aquinas returner, Johnny Padilla, took the ball 55-yards to score, giving the Falcons a 21-0 lead with less than a second left in the first quarter.

From there the Falcons continued to run the ball effectively while the Hornets miscues led to turnovers and Falcon touchdowns.

In the third quarter alone, Rankins had two carries for two touchdowns on runs of 63 and 77 yards and Flores finished the scoring with a 23-yard touchdown run, his third of the night.

The loss drops the Hornets to 3-2 and they will look to regroup next week as they host Army-Navy of Carlsbad at 7 p.m. Friday.