EL CENTRO â€” Undefeated Vincent Memorial High School faced off against the also unscathedÂ 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.
â€œI knew going in that this would be the hardest game so far. They were strong, disciplined, and fast,â€ 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 scoredÂ on the next drive with a long run down the sideline, and succeededÂ on the two-point conversion. But this would be the last time they scored as each team attempted passes that couldnâ€™t hit their receivers.
It wasnâ€™t until aÂ fourth quarter interception thatÂ Angel Madrigal put the Scots within their opponentâ€™s 20-yard line, leadingÂ to a 12-yard run from Juan Ruiz.
â€œI read the running back â€¦ the quarterback and the running back were talking before the play so I assumed the pass was for him,â€ Madrigal said on the interception play that led to a touchdown. â€œIt felt great.â€
Madrigal had a strong message for his team after the game.
â€œI donâ€™t think we did so good. We have to improve our conditioning, especially on the line,â€ he said.
Vincent Memorial (5-0) faces Lutheran out of Chula Vista next week at 7 p.m. at Southwest High School.