EL CENTROÂ â€”Â The Vincent Memorial Scots thumped the Escondido Charter White Tigers 28-7 Friday night at Southwest High, earning their first win of the season and improving the team’s record to 1-1.
A lost fumble and interception by the White Tigers followed by a Scots interception late in the quarter made for a tight-fisted scoreless first period.
When asked about the turnovers, Escondido Charter Head Coach Chris Bonta replied, â€œIt was big losing one of our key starting line-men and our starting center in the first quarter because we play a lot of two-way guys. When you have second stringers and backups that arenâ€™t accustomed to reps in game speed, that kind of stuff happens.â€
At the eight minute mark in the second quarter, after stopping the Scots on fourth down in the red-zone, White Tigers running back Hunter Boyce (#31), darted off for 74 yards scoring his team’s only touchdown of the night for a short-lived 7-0 lead.
A pass interference call in the red-zone set up an 18-yard hook-up between Scots quarterback Eduardo Valenzuela (#12), and wide receiver Juan Ruiz (#15), tying up the game at 7-7 with 4:51 left in the second period.
Midway through the third quarter, Valenzuela chucked a deep one toward the goal-line and his teammate, Ruiz, snatched down the jump-ball at the one-yard-line.
Following the reception, Scots running back Daniel Rizzo (#28), bolted through for a one-yard rushing touchdown to take a 14-7 lead.
The aerial assault continued with Valenzuela dropping another nine-yard touchdown dime to tight end Mattias Monge (#87), for a commanding 21-7 lead late in the third.
â€œIt was my second start as quarter back and I felt a lot more confidence coming into this game,â€ said Scots’ Valenzuela about his two touchdown passes. â€œHe (tight end Monge) runs good routes, has great hands, and exploits the gaps in the secondary,â€ added Valenzuela.
Capitalizing on yet another Escondido offensive blunder and recovering a fumble in White Tiger territory with four minutes left in the third quarter, the Scots put together an aggressive drive exhausting the defense, and capping off the sequence with running back Javier Briseno (#6), pounded in a short, six-yard touchdown run. The Vincent Memorial Scots now poured it on, upping the score to 28-7 at the end of the third.
Escondido Charter could not muster up a comeback and were blanked in the fourth quarter as well, with the Scots taming the White Tigers with a final score of 28-7.
â€œThe key to success tonight was our defense; it made the difference in the second quarter and in the second half also,” said Vincent Memorial Coach David Wong. “It was important to capitalize and score when we would turn them over, especially when they were deep in their side of the field.â€