IMPERIAL — The Imperial Tigers and Calexico High Bulldogs met this past Friday in an Imperial Valley League matchup here. The Tigers easily defeated the rebuilding Bulldogs 57-8.
The Tigers scored early with a defensive safety giving them their first points a minute into the game … the scoring did not stop.
Imperial then scored on their first play from scrimmage 25 seconds later on a 33-yard pass from Aaron Bonillas to David Savage.
After forcing a turnover on the next possession the Tigers took over at their own 44-yard line and marched down the field with a six-play, 56-yard touchdown drive, capped by a Brandon Hueso one-yard touchdown run.
The Tiger defense stepped up again on the ensuing Bulldog possession as Carlos Villanueva forced fumble was recovered by Timothy Cross again at the Tiger 44-yard line.
Another six play, 56-yard touchdown drive by the Tigers made it 22-0 with over three minutes left to play in the first quarter.
Savage added his second touchdown of the night on the drive, a five-yard touchdown rush.
Savage later added another touchdown reception just as time expired in the first quarter, this time on a 52-yard strike to put the Tigers up 29-0.
The second quarter looked similar to the first, as the Tigers continued to show their offensive prowess and execute their game plan defensively.
Raymond Beamon and Hueso each scored on rushes from the one-yard line and Kenneth Tornell added a 12-yard touchdown rush of his own. The Tigers lead at halftime 50-0.
In the second half the Bulldogs prevented the shutout with a quarterback keeper from Frank Moreno from one-yard out. After the successful two-point conversion, the Tigers would lead 50-8.
Tornell later scored on a rush of his own, his second of the night, this one a six yarder near the end of regulation to bring the score to its 57-8 final.
“I’m proud of our team, I think Calexico came out and played extremely hard, they never quit. I think we have to give a lot of credit to them,” said Imperial head coach Kerry Legarra post game.
“Its tough, I’ve been on the other end of the stick and its hard to stay motivated, but it tells you the character of the team that they have,” added Legarra.
The Tigers are now 4-0 in IVL play and with a win next Friday at home against Palo Verde Valley would take the 2015 IVL crown.