Valley teams test their mettle at the Football Carnival 2014

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HOLTVILLE – Although the Imperial Valley high school football 2014 season has not yet had one kickoff, Friday night’s IVFCA Football Carnival in Holtville provided Valley fans with their first taste of fall football.

Participating schools were Central, Southwest, Calexico, CETYS and host Holtville.

Teams participated in at least two games each, with two teams participating in three games.  Games consisted of two halves, with every team getting at least ten plays of offense and ten plays of defense per half.

There were no kickoffs as teams began their drives from their opponents forty yard line and attempted to score as many touchdowns before they finished their play allotment per half.

Although technically a scrimmage, there were plenty of “Ooh” and “Ahh” moments as players and teams were able to try out different situational calls in semi- competitive action.

Scrimmage hosts, and last year’s Division V CIF champions, the Holtville High Vikings, were able to put their mettle to the test going up against Division IV IVL teams Calexico, Central, and Southwest.  Although smaller than these schools, Holtville put up a great overall performance in front of their hometown fans.

“We really appreciate the support of the Viking fans who came out tonight,” said Holtville Viking head coach, Keith Smith, Jr. on the evening’s fan turnout.

“Our guys played really tough against some bigger schools. We learned a lot, and plan to work hard and come out strong next week in our first game,” added Smith Jr. about the overall effort of his football squad and the learning experience a scrimmage like these can provide a team.

This year’s IVFCA Football Carnival was a learning experience for all teams involved, from coaches and teams getting their feet wet before the regular season kickoff, and players making their first appearances of the year in front of a crowd and bright Friday night lights.

The fans in attendance fully appreciated their first Friday of football this season.

“Overall it was a great event and everybody who came really enjoyed themselves,” said Smith Jr. of the popular event.

Its finally here, Imperial Valley football fans, football season has arrived.

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