EL CENTRO — Undefeated Vincent Memorial High School faced off against the also unscathed Maranatha Christian Eagles from San Diego here Friday.
The game ended close as predicted,
but Vincent Memorial edged out a 15-8 win, scoring a touchdown at the halfway point of the fourth quarter.
“I knew going in that this would be the hardest game so far. They were strong, disciplined, and fast,” said Fernando Santana, a running back for the Scots.
With a scoreless first quarter and a heavily contested defensive game. Both teams sought to beat the other in a passing battle, yet it was the Scots who struck first with a 38-yard pass from senior quarterback Hector Robinson to receiver Ricardo Avalos.
Maranatha Christian scored on the next drive with a long run down the sideline, and succeeded on the two-point conversion. But this would be the last time they scored as each team attempted passes that couldn’t hit their receivers.
It wasn’t until a fourth quarter interception that Angel Madrigal put the Scots within their opponent’s 20-yard line, leading to a 12-yard run from Juan Ruiz.
“I read the running back … the quarterback and the running back were talking before the play so I assumed the pass was for him,” Madrigal said on the interception play that led to a touchdown. “It felt great.”
Madrigal had a strong message for his team after the game.
“I don’t think we did so good. We have to improve our conditioning, especially on the line,” he said.
Vincent Memorial (5-0) faces Lutheran out of Chula Vista next week at 7 p.m. at Southwest High School.