EL CENTRO â€“The Southwest Eagles put a 55-0 drubbing on the Kofa Kings in a battle of the undefeateds in El Centro Friday night. The Eagles exposed their talons early in the game guided by the offensive triptych of running back Tyler Saikhon (#3), quarterback Cameron Jungers (#5), and running back Justin Cordova (#11).
At the 6:48 mark in the first quarter, Southwest running back Saikhon eluded the Kofa defense and slipped through for a 19-yard rushing TD to take a 7-0 lead. With three minutes to go in the first, a fumble recovery by Saikhon in Kofa territory set up a 42-yard breakaway rushing TD by Cordova, putting the Eagles ahead 14-0.
Still in the first quarter with 12.8 sec left, Jungers scrambled and then hiked into the end-zone for a 20-yard rushing TD to end the period 21-0.
Southwest took a 27-0 lead when Saikhon punched in a 1-yard TD midway through the second quarter.
With 1:41 minutes remaining in the first half, Southwestâ€™s offensive trident struck again â€“ Jungers fired a laser to Saikhon for an 86-yard TD making it 35-o after Cordova successfully hammered in the two point conversion.
â€œWeâ€™ve been playing together since we could walk,” said Eagles’ quarterback Cameron Jungers about playing along side of his first cousins Saikhon and Cordova. “We played Pop Warner together every year. We definitely have a lot of chemistry and we feed off each other’s energy.â€
Cordova received the opening kick of the second half and popped one off for 90 yards to give the Eagles an unassailable 42-0 lead.
In an effort to preserve the junior QB, now up 49-0,Â Jungers was taken out of the game after he scored his second rushing TD at the end of the third.
The finisher was delivered by Eagles fullback Jose Redona (#4) when he ran in for the final touch down of the game with six minutes to go in the fourth.
â€œWe ran a lot of misdirection and our offensive line did a great job of creating holes for our running backs and our back also blocked well for each other,â€ offensive coordinator Frank Lugo said, citingÂ the key to the team’s offensive success.