CALIPATRIA — It was the first week of Manzanita League action and the Calipatria High Hornets faced off against the Vincent Memorial High Scots in a game with expectations for a tough win for one of the teams.
Leading 7-0 by the Scots, the Hornets came out in the third quarter scoring with 8:09 to go. This was the only points the Hornets scored, however as they ultimately ended losing the game 27-7 here Friday.
Calipatria, and their run-heavy offensive scheme, worked their way into the opponents red zone multiple times throughout the night, but had trouble getting the ball into the end zone.
On the first drive of the game, Vincent Memorial gave the ball to the Hornets with a fumble. This put Calipatria in great field position as they diligently worked their way down field, but missed their field goal attempt.
On their next drive, once again, the Hornets found themselves on their opponent’s 14-yard line, but a fumble of their own gave way to a 83-yard run back by Eduardo Valenzuela of the Scots’ defense.
Although unable to capitalize on two previous trips to inside their opponent’s 20-yard line, the Hornets managed to make it to the red zone once again.
This time George Ruvalcalva helped his team get seven points out of the drive. On the next drive, a 42-yard run by Fernando Santana put the Scots in scoring position and his team managed to capitalize putting themselves up 14-7.
The next touchdown came off a short punt that was rushed by the Scots punt return team.
Vincent Memorial downed the punt at their opponent’s 32-yard line. This then lead to a long run by Pablo Ruiz, and a touchdown from Santana.
And all the while exploiting the Hornets mistakes, it was the Scots defense that really made it difficult for Calipatria to do much other than string out sweeps and quarterback keepers.
The Scot defense handled themselves with great tenacity Friday night.
Led by tackling-machine Ricardo Avalos, everything that came to his side was shut down.
“I play this game to do my best. We knew it was going to be a tough game from the film we watched.” Avalos said. “At our school we are taught to be humble when we win, we turn from it and get ready for the next week.”
The game was hard fought by both teams, and not without some controversy. In the final twenty seconds of the game, the Scots attempted to score once more as they threw an 18-yard touchdown. It was a move that was seen as a sign of disrespect by the home team, it was a move that didn’t sit well with the Hornet sideline, and they didn’t stay silent.
The game ended with a bad taste as both coaching staffs exchanged words on the field.
Vincent Memorial (7-0, 1-0 ML) will have a bye before hosting Mountain Empire at 7 p.m., Oct. 23 at Southwest High in El Centro. Calipatria (3-4, 0-1 ML) will play at Mountain Empire at 7 p.m. Friday in Pine Valley.[envira-gallery id=”65943″]