EL CENTRO- With San Diego Section High School Football Division 4 postseason implications on the line, the 6-2 Southwest Eagles soared over the 5-3 Palo Verde Yellow Jackets, Friday, on Senior Night in El Centro, 42-6.
On their opening drive of the game, Southwest went right to work gaining a big chunk of
yardage with a 44-yard reception by (#11) Justin Cordova to reach the Palo Verde 12-yard line. Cordova finished off the drive scoring the game’s first touchdown, running one in from two yards out to put his team up 7-0 after the extra point.
Late in the second quarter the Yellow Jackets threatened Eagle territory when a pass attempt on third down was intercepted and taken to the house by (#3) Tyler Saikhon to
give Southwest a 14-0 lead.
Palo Verde pieced together a successful drive to begin the second half that resulted in a
16-yard touchdown dash by (#5) Mauro Rivera making it a one score game again at 14-6,
despite a failed two point attempt.
With 3:59 in the third quarter Southwest’s Cordova found Saikhon on a 20-yard touchdown hookup after both teams exchanged turnovers on Palo Verde’s side of the field, the score now 21-6.
Southwest began to pull away late in the third period adding two more scores on a 20-yard touchdown reception by Saikhon, immediately followed by a tip drill pick-six from (#84) Ryan Silva to make it a 35-6 contest.
Eagle’s Saikhon scored his fourth touchdown of the night on a 12-yard carry for a commanding 42-6 lead after (#13) Jorge Carvajal knocked in his sixth extra point with 10:16 left in the game.
Palo Verde had one more opportunity to score late in the fourth quarter when Eagles
Head Coach John Mitosinka put in all his seniors to complete the goal-line stance on
“I was proud of my seniors for holding Palo Verde,” commented Coach Mitosinka about giving those men the opportunity to share that in-game moment together.
The final seconds ticked away as Southwest’s last home-game regular season snap was in
Southwest heads to Calexico next week for their final regular season game. The Eagles
are in third place in IVL but still have an opportunity to claim a playoff first round bye
and home game with a win over Bulldogs.
“We cant look past Calexico and we still need to find ourselves offensively,” stated Coach Mitosinka in regards to the approaching postseason.