CALEXICO — The Central Union High Spartans’ offense proved too strong for the Calexico High defense as they scored on all but two drives last Friday night.
With a final score of 63-25, both teams had strong offensive outings. But it was performances by Central’s Jordan Ackie and Allen Pope that gave Calexico little chance to win the game. The two seniors combined for a total seven touchdowns.
Although the Bulldogs scored first with a field goal in the first two minutes of the game, Pope answered with a 90-yard kickoff return touchdown. Using his incredible speed, he put the Spartans up 7-3. The Bulldogs answered back with an 80-yard, capped off with a read option 11-yard touchdown, bringing it to 10-7.
“They surprised us, we came out really confident. They had a couple of big plays and good players. Once they scored we realized we needed to start playing football,” Pope said.
It was the next drive that showed what the rest of the game would bring. The defensive line was blasted back as the Central offense implemented their game plan at will.
In two plays the Spartans earned a touchdown and sixty-six yards on the ground. As Ackie put on a display of moves against the Calexico defense, gaining 127 yards in under ten carries.
“We did good, but we could’ve done even better. When we started, we were playing how they played, but in the second half we came out and played how we play. We played with chemistry, as a family,” Ackie said post-game. “We got each other’s back.”
Although it was largely an offensive showing by the Spartans, the Bulldogs displayed weapons of their own as they put up 25 points. It was a combination of hard counts, and a passing attack that gave Calexico a chance in the game.
It proved to be not enough to keep it close, and Central took advantage of every opportunity given.
With punt return touchdowns, kickoff return touchdowns, long touchdown runs, and long drives, the Central team played strong when the ball was in their position.
The rest of their season is looking to be exciting for Central (4-4, 2-1 IVL) as two very crucial games are coming up as they face Southwest in the City Championship, and the Wildcats in the annual Bell game.
Calexico (0-8, 0-3 IVL) will play at Imperial High at 7 p.m. Friday.