Tigers Put Up Valiant Fight Early in Tough Loss to Christian High

Imperial’s wide receiver Santiago DeLaTorre (#13) attempts to break free from a Patriot defender’s hold Friday night.

IMPERIAL – The Imperial Tigers hosted the undefeated Christian High Patriots Friday night in what initially looked to be an evenly-matched affair, until the Patriots took control, scoring 40 straight points en route to a 40-13 victory.

 The night began well for the Tigers as a quick strike from quarterback Wyatt Rodriguez to Santiago De La Torre went for 76 yards and a touchdown, giving the Tigers a quick 6-0 lead after the missed extra point.
The Tiger defense then forced a turnover on downs on the Patriots’ next position, taking over at their own 44-yard line. From there all it took were five plays before George Chavarria rumbled his way into the end zone for a four yard touchdown rush. It was the Tigers’ second touchdown in as many possessions, giving them a 13-0 lead a little over halfway through the first quarter.
But from there, the Tigers had trouble both defensively and offensively as injuries mounted.  The Christian High School Patriots would score 40 straight points in the last three quarters, mostly behind the tough running of senior fullback Joey Morones.
The Patriots’ Morones would score on a pair of 17-yard touchdown rushes to give the patriots a 14-13 lead going into the second quarter, and he didn’t stop there. In the second quarter, he continued the assault, going 45 yards on a catch and run in the third quarter, extending the Patriots’ lead to 20-13.
Morones then added a 15-yard touchdown rush right before the end of the half, followed by a 10-yard touchdown rush in the fourth quarte,r giving him an amazing total of five touchdowns for the night.
The only Patriot score of the night that did not include Marones was a third quarter touchdown throw from junior quarterback Brad Jeremiah to senior wide receiver Benjamin Goodwinn.
“We shot ourselves in the foot with eight turnovers,” said Kerry Legarra, the Tigers’ head coach, of Friday’s game.
“Physically I am happy where we are, but we need to do a better job of preparation mentally and that falls on me and no one else,” he added.
“The bye week couldn’t come soon enough,” said Legarra. “We have players dinged up as does everybody, so I am sure everyone is glad it is here.”
After the bye week, the Tigers will be on the road taking on the Calexico Bulldogs October 7 in Calexico to kickoff the 2016 season’s Imperial Valley League play.