CALIPATRIA — Coming off a shutout loss, the Calipatria High football team was looking to get back in the win column as they hosted Army-Navy Academy of Carlsbad here Friday.
It wasn’t a shutout, but it was another lost for the Hornets as they saw their foe score late in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach in the 27-19 loss.
In his first high school football game in his high school career, Calipatria’s Jared Rodriguez, a senior running back, tallied up a total 111 yards.
Whether returning a kickoff or running, he racked up good yards every time he touched the ball. Going down at the beginning of the fourth, he was sidelined for the rest of the game, which proved to be one of the deciding factors in this loss.
“I just came out here, a little nervous, but when the game started everything left me. Coach told us after the game that we played our hearts out, we left it all on the field,” Rodriguez said. “There was a few mistakes made, but we have nothing to be ashamed of.”
It was Army-Navy’s pass attempts that really put them on top. Returning to the passing game, series after series, Calipatria’s defense struggled stopping every aerial, much less containing the quarterback.
The first touchdown of the game was by Army-Navy’s quarterback with a read option from the shotgun for 52 yards.
The Hornets offense answered back with a score of their own on the following drive.
Having extra point trouble, the Hornets managed only to get one extra-point attempt through the uprights at the end of their scoring drive.
With three minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Calipatria QB Zeke Fernandez, threw an interception. Fernandez threw right into coverage missing an open receiver, to the dismay of the crowd.
“We were excited coming into this game. George Ruvalcaba, our main running back, and kicker was injured last week,” said Calipatria head coach Brennan Petree. “We knew what to expect, we knew they threw the ball often. We came in with the attitude of doing our best, and I was proud of my team. We can work on the little things, make sure defense is lined up right, get rid of the penalties.”
Calipatria hosts Vincent Memorial Friday to kickoff Manzanita League play in a game that will surely be a tough game for both teams.