CALEXICO — In their final regular season game of Imperial Valley League high school football action, the 7-2 Southwest Eagles took to the road shredding the 5-4 Calexico Bulldogs Friday night 48-6.
Looking to solidify a first round bye and home playoff game with a win, minutes into the first quarter the Eagles struck quickly taking an early 7-0 advantage on an 8-yard touchdown carry by Justin Cordova (#11).
With seven minutes left in the first quarter, Eagles defenders Derek Guzman (#40) and Brandon Vizcarra (#75) broke through the line and wrapped up Calexico’s kicker on a punt attempt in the backfield to set up a 20-yard touchdown pitch to Tyler Saikhon (#3), making it 14-0.
The Bulldogs threatened within Southwest territory with 5:52 left in the first quarter when an option play was sniffed out by Saikhon who scooped up a fumble and bolted 55 yards all the way down to score again, giving Southwest a 20-0 lead after a blocked extra point.
Two bone jarring runs by Eagles full back Jose Redona (#4) into the Calexico red zone positioned his teammate Cordova for a manageable touchdown run-in from three yards out to end the first quarter with Southwest leading 27-0.
A tightly contested defensive display on behalf of both teams yielded a scoreless second quarter.
Early in the third period, the Eagles’ special teams situated the offense with favorable field position which led to another goal-line touchdown gallop by Saikhon to stretch the lead 34-0.
A missed kick punt by Calexico resulted in a two-yard roller that was picked up by Eagles’ Guzman who ran in 23-yards for the touchdown, giving Southwest a 41-0 shutout to end the third quarter.
At the 9:00 minute mark in the fourth period, Eagles quarter back Jesus Macias (#12) hit Silva with a 15-yard sugar dime to take a commanding 48-0 lead.
The Bulldogs would put one up for pride with 3:15 remaining in the game on a one-yard rushing touchdown by Andy Rojas (#81) for the final score of 48-6.
Calexico finished the regular season at 5-5, landing them in sixth place over all in the San Diego Division 5 Southern Section, and earning a road CIF playoff appearance against Palo Verde High School on Thursday, November 10.
The Eagles claimed the first place crown in the San Diego Division 4 southern Section with 8-2 overall record awarding them a CIF postseason bye and home game on Friday, November 18 against an opponent later to be determined.
“Its always tough coming back from a bye, especially not knowing who your opponent is,” commented Eagles Head Coach John Mitosinka about their looming postseason matchup. “We’re just going have to go through the motions to see what we need to brush up on. Next Saturday, when we know who our opponent is, we will be able to start breaking it down and see exactly what we have to do.”