BRAWLEY – Brawley fans traveled to Calexico, Friday night, in an IVL match up on Ward Field. Bringing a five game winning streak into the contest, the Wildcats were set on not repeating the performance of last weekâ€™s Homecoming game versus the Southwest Eagles.
An explosive, 23 points in the second quarter helped ignite a 44-0 win over the hosting Bulldogs. The win brings up a much-anticipated game against the defending IVL Champions of 2013, the Imperial Tigers, who won big over the Southwest Eagles by a lopsided 46-14, Friday night.
Field position started on the positive side for Brawley as they began their first possession at the Calexico 48-yard line. The Bulldogs first drive stalled, ending in a forced punt. It only took 3 plays and one defensive penalty to hit pay dirt for the Wildcats. After two runs by Ross Rubio (12 carries for 60 yards) it was Andrew Ortiz scoring the first of his two TDâ€™s of the night from 23 yards out. The point after, from Omar Celis, was good. Wildcats led 7-0 with 8:45 left in the first.
Calexicoâ€™s second drive was less successful; the Wildcatâ€™s defense got one sack of -15 yards by Jacob Ordonez, including a recovered fumble by the Bulldogs. A third and 17, from their eleven-yard line was too much to accomplish for a first down, and Calexico punted. The punt traveled from the Calexico 20 to the Wildcats 15. The Wildcats began drive two.
The â€˜Cats used the same combo as the first drive, with the addition of carries by Junior Nathan Suits. It stalled on the Calexico 32-yard line and the Bulldogs appeared to have momentum after a good stance on defense. Three plays later, Mr. Nathan Suits wanted the ball one more time and stepped in front of a Calexico QB, Nico Martinez, pass and returned the pigskin from the Bulldog 37-yard line to the 25.
Less than two minutes later, and into the 2nd quarter, the Wildcats methodically drove to the 16-yard line. On second down from the 16, the first of two TDâ€™s scored by Moises Lazos was registered. It was Sophomore Lazosâ€™ first rushing TD on varsity. A botched snap on the PAT had an alert Ross Rubio throwing a pass to Alex Campbell for the two-point conversion. 15-0 Brawley at 10:08 left in the second quarter.
Brawleyâ€™s next score came after another defensive stance had the Bulldogs punting from deep on their side of the field. Punting from the fifteen-yard line, the Wildcats put on a big rush, successfully blocking it, and none other than Nathan Montalvo scooped it up at the two and tumbled into the end zone for the TD. The PAT was good by Celis and the score was 22-0 with 7:48 left in the half.
Punting once again from deep in their end zone, it looked as if another block might put more points on the board for Brawley. The punt, able to sneak its way through the heavy rush, was fielded by Nick Amezcua at the Wildcat 44 yard line and returned to the Bulldog 44.
Three plays later Andrew Ortiz had his second TD for the evening. Another almost botched PAT snap was converted for a two-point conversion when Ross Rubio hit Blake Zeleney for the double. The halftime score was set at 30-0.
Brawley scored one more time with the starters in the third quarter at the 7:46 mark. Moises Lazos had another 16 yard run for a score on a five-play drive of 45 yards. The PAT by Celis made the score 37-0.
In the middle of the fourth quarter, a running clock now in effect, the Wildcats scored their last for the game. With AJ Grijalva directing the assault, the offense took six plays from their own 27-yard line. In the drive, a big pass play from Grijalva to Alex Campbell connected for a big 45-yard gain. It was a shoe string, TD-saving, tackle for the Bulldogs, but they could not stop the drive from scoring as Steven Baeza took it in for his first TD of his Senior season.Â The PAT was again good and the final score ended at 44-0.
Brawleyâ€™s defense, once again, proved to be the dominant force. They again shut out an opponent, their fourth of the season.
After the game, offensive lineman Isaiah Martinez was awarded â€œThe Rockâ€ for his outstanding play in paving the way for the five rushing TDâ€™s that were scored in the game.
The Wildcats are now set for the game they circled on the calendar the moment the schedules where out. The defending IVL Champion Imperial Tigers are set to host the contest next Friday. Be sure to catch After Further (Wildcat) Review for a preview of next weekâ€™s epic match up.