EL CENTRO – The stands were full Friday night as excited fans, eager to get back to football, packed the Spartan stadium for the season opener.
Few sitting in the home section were disappointed at the end with a dominant performance by the Spartans resulting in a 57-8 win over the Kofa Kings of Yuma, AZ
The night was particularly special for certain players on the Spartan team, like Joaquin Bejarano, for whom this would be their last, “first” high school game of their careers.Â â€œFor me Iâ€™m a senior so I was excited to come out to my last first gameâ€ said defensive captain Bejarano, â€œhopefully itâ€™s not my last first game ever though.â€
Judging by this teamâ€™s performance Friday night the future looks very good for Bejarano and other players on the team.
Bejarano contributed to forcing a three and out for the Kings on the first series of the night after Central had chosen to defer to Kings.
After a third down conversion on the first drive for Central, Kofaâ€™s defense was dismantled by the Spatanâ€™s powerful offense. The series culminated in a Spartan touchdown after a dropped screen pass in the red zone to senior Angel Ramirez was recovered by Ramirez who took it to the house.
Ramirez, along with the entire Spartan offense, was unstoppable Friday night, showing off his speed.
Ramirez put on a show leading the team with four touchdowns and 264 all purpose yards, not including a second punt return touchdown that was called back due to penalties.
Ramirez was not the only star of the offense, #29 Angel Castaneda, a junior, led the Spartans with three rushing touchdowns on a mere six carries for the night.
On the other side of the ball, Centralâ€™s defense was lights out forcing a myriad of three-and-outs, and getting the quarterback a total of seven times. Defensive captain Joaquin Bejarano lead the team with a total of eight tackles not including one sack.
Sack specialist DE Julio Rodriguez got to the quarterback an incredible four times to lead the Spartans. Jordan Ackie got the single interception of the game inside Centralâ€™s five yard line returning it for 30 yards after the Kofa Kings had moved the ball dangerously close to the Spartan end zone.
In all, the game was a success for the Spartans who embarrassed the Kings by not allowing a single touchdown until the 4th quarter when all the starters had been pulled out of the game.
At the end of the night everyone on the home side was happy with the result, including head coach Michael Hobbs.
â€œIâ€™m real happy with our performance we scored a lot of points which is what we expected to do and weâ€™re just going to get better,” said Hobbs.
A frightening thought for other teams after last nightâ€™s dominant performance.