EL CENTRO – The Southwest Eagles hosted the West Hills Wolf Pack on Friday night for the first game of the season. The non-conference game ended in exciting fashion as Southwest pulled ahead in points during the last seconds of the game.
The contest started slowly, but began to be picked up in the second quarter.
The Wolf Pack offense drove up the field, breaking down Southwest’s defense, and scored the first touchdown of the game. Southwest returned the favor and as running back Justin Cordova (11) ran up the field to assist his team in the last minutes of the quarter.
The crowd went wild as Southwest quarterback Cameron Jungers (5) led his team into the end zone, putting the Eagles on the board and tying up the game, 7 to 7.
The third quarter saw Southwest come out swinging, scoring early and taking the lead over the Wolf Pack for the first time of the game. Jungers aided his team once again, running for multiple yards and bringing his team into the red zone. Cordova completed the offensive run with a touchdown.
Momentum shifted as West Hills brought in a touchdown of its own before the end of the third quarter, tying up the game once again. The drives were led by their quarterback junior Hayden Roach (1).
Going into the fourth quarter, Southwest took back the lead with a long throw by Jungers connecting with Tyler Saikhon (3). With the score 21 to 14, Southwest’s fans took to their feet, cheering the team to hold the lead.
However, the lead was lost as Roach took the Wolf Pack up the field, tying the game up for the last time.
With minutes left on the clock, Southwest had one last chance to put up points to keep this game from going into overtime. Southwest’s offense displayed their tenacity by putting their team in field goal range. With less than 10 seconds left on the clock, Southwest kicker Jorge Carvajal (13) rushed the field and completed his kick, winning the game for his team and ecstatic home crowd with a final score 24 to 21.[envira-gallery id=”83619″]