SOUTHWEST 49, SAN YSIDRO 0
EL CENTRO — The Southwest High football team didn’t take long to spark the home crowd on Friday as they beat visiting San Ysidro High, 49-0, in their home-opening game here.
“We were cautious heading in … we watched film. They were big so we knew we were going to have some battles up front, but we were able to control that line of scrimmage and that was key for us,” said Eagle head coach John Mitosinka.
Having that control in the trenches enabled the Eagles to post an effective running attack that totaled 287 yards.
The Eagle’s Justin Cordova carried the biggest load as he rushed for 178 yards and four touchdowns, including two big runs of 50 and 74 yards for scores.
It would be hard not to mention the play of the Southwest defense since they held the Cougars offense at bay. They only made two trips inside the Southwest 30-yard line.
“Our defense played very well, especially in the second half,” said Mitosinka.
Being able to post a big score proved to be beneficial to the Eagles as they were able to let some of their back-up players see the field.
“At first, we had some worries with our twos and threes playing. But, they played good and held that team to zero points and that was a big accomplishment for them,” Mitosinka added. “They were all excited … some of them have only been on the field for one or two plays, but in this game they were out there for 15 to 20 plays and they were jazzed about that.
“Some have never played before, and for them just being out there, and being able to contribute is going to do a lot for their confidence and make them keep working hard in practice.”
Southwest (2-0, 0-0 IVL) will travel to play at Kofa at 7 p.m. Friday in Yuma.
PALO VERDE VALLEY 26, HOLTVILLE 22
HOLTVILLE — It was another loss for the Holtville High football team and this one was a little tougher as the Vikings gave up the game-deciding touchdown late in the fourth quarter, losing to Palo Verde Valley High, 26-22, here Friday.
“It should have been a different outcome for us this week … I thought our kids played a lot better and we looked better overall compared to last week,” Holtville head coach Keith Smith Jr. said. “They are a tough team, but I thought we were evenly matched skill-wise. When it came down to which team would make the fewest mistakes- that was them.”
The Vikings held the lead in the beginning of the fourth quarter at 22-20, thanks to a safety, a touchdown pass to Fernando Marin from Anthony Castro, and rushing touchdowns from Josh Edwards and Braden Abatti.
With 3:12 remaining in the game, Palo Verde Valley struck with a score of their own to take a 26-22 lead and the Vikings were unable to match, losing the nonleague game.
“We are facing some adversity we haven’t had in recent years, but they played hard and left everything on the field,” Smith Jr. said. “Our goals haven’t changed and are still attainable, so we are going to work to keep getting better every week.”
Holtville (0-2, 0-0 ML) will play at Desert Mirage High at 7 p.m. Friday in Thermal.
“We are going to have our hands full and I anticipate another tough game we just need to be balanced and limit our errors and turnovers,” Smith Jr. said.
VINCENT MEMORIAL 24, ESCONDIDO CHARTER 7
ESCONDIDO — The Vincent Memorial High football team is still undefeated as they beat Escondido Charter, 24-7, in a nonleague game here Friday.
The fourth quarter has been where the Scots have been able to succeed as they scored their lone points of their first victory in the fourth quarter, and things were no different on Friday.
The Scots were trailing 7-3 heading into the fourth quarter and scored 21-unaswered points to earn another comeback win.
Vincent Memorial (2-0, 0-0 ML) will play their first home game of the season at Southwest High in El Centro as they host Army Navy at 7 p.m. Friday.
DESERT MIRAGE 42, CALEXICO 14
THERMAL — The Calexico High football team had to wait a week to get their season rolling but it wasn’t a pleasant start as they lost to Desert Mirage High, 42-14, in their season opener here Friday.
The Bulldogs second game might be their biggest game of the year, ceremony-wise, as they will host San Diego High at 7 p.m. Friday in their highly anticipated Centennial Celebration game.