IMPERIAL — The Imperial Tigers hosted the El Centro Spartans Friday at Shimamoto-Simpson Stadium for their second match up in league play that led to a 32-13 win for the Tigers.
The Spartans chose to receive the ball after winning the toss. On the second play of their first possession, Ricky Guzman (#30) ran for a 61-yard touchdown, but a muffed kick left the score at 6-0 in the first minutes of the game.
With Imperial eager to put up points, the offense took to the field and on the first possession, QB Pete Sanchez (#12) connected with Brandon Hueso (#2) for a 63-yard run that ended in a touchdown. Following the extra point kick, Imperial took the lead, 7-6.
Both teams remained scoreless for the rest of the first quarter, and Imperial punted to start the second. On the Spartans’ drive, there was a fumble on the play that was recovered by the Tigers and resulted in Raymond Beamon (#1) receiving a pass for the only touchdown of the quarter. Going into half time, the Imperial Tigers led the Central Spartans 14-6.
In the second half, Imperial received the kickoff, but in the first possession, the Spartan defense worked together to break down the Tiger offense.
After struggling to score, the Tiger offense had a successful drive with Sanchez (#12) finding two great receptions in Santiago DeLa Torre (#13) and Beamon (#1) for big gains. Running the ball for the Tigers, Hueso (#2) got a big run in for the first and only touchdown of the third quarter.
The Tigers went into the fourth with a big lead of 20-6. With Central offense still unable to work, the Tigers came to the field once more for a chance to add another touchdown to Imperial’s score. Once again, the Tigers gave the ball to Beamon for a 34-yard touchdown, making the score 26-6.
Eager to get back in the game, the Spartans offensively charged late in the fourth quarter to successfully rack up points on the board with QB Guzman (#30) throwing to receiver Thadeo Campbell (#32). Completing the drive, the Spartans brought the score to 20-13 near the end of the fourth quarter.
With Imperial receiving one last time, the insatiable Tiger offense scored one more touchdown to close out the night as Sanchez threw a screen pass to Beamon, making the final score of the game 32-13.
Following this loss, El Centro will host the Palo Verde Yellow Jackets to try and earn their first win in league play. With a 2-0 record, the Tigers will travel to El Centro next week to face off against the Southwest Eagles in an attempt to keep their undefeated record.