edited 9/05/2014 7:22 a.m.
BRAWLEY – The last time the Brawley Wildcats beat Friday night’s home opener, most of the players were either in diapers or causing morning sickness symptoms to expectant moms.
Yes, in Valley Center’s inaugural season, they visited the Brawley Wildcats in 1998 and were handed a 42-8 loss. Those were the DVL days before the IVL League developed and joined the San Diego CIF Section.
They played again the next year and the Jaguars avenged the loss, never to lose again at the hands of the mighty Brawley Wildcats.
Valley Center has to be commended for their willingness to schedule Imperial Valley in September games. The extreme heat deters most San Diego teams from even considering making the trek, but this will be Valley Center’s third trip to Brawley’s Warne Field.
They also have played the Imperial Tigers, so they do travel to the desert more than any other team over the mountain.
After last year’s fast start for the Jaguars of two opening victories, they suffered a season to forget. They ended up with a 3-7 record and didn’t reach the playoffs, something that has happened only a few times in the school’s sixteen year existence.
Last week was evident that the Jaguars will not be doing a repeat of last year as they put a licking on Mar Vista Mariners by a score of 40-14.
Valley Center is potent on offense and their “Air Attack” is by QB #10 Daniel DeLeon (6’4”-195lb.).
The Jaguars throw on 60-70% of their plays and DeLeon’s accuracy was on point last week in their victory. Give him a little pressure and he is a threat to run for huge gains.
DeLeon has many targets downfield so a rush and/or great coverage is a must to throw off his timing.
Two running backs get most of the load rushing. #7 Andrew Navarro and # 31 Nick Manriquez took a majority of the hand offs from QB DeLeon.
Defensively the Jaguars allowed 158 yards passing and 114 rushing in their game last week. They were led by #71 Jon McIntyre.
Valley Center Head Coach Rob Gilster has had much success in San Diego CIF Football. They achieved their first title (Division III) against the Brawley Wildcats and the “Cat’s 12,000 plus fans at Qualcomm Stadium.
They have four more titles in six attempts in the Championship game in Division IV.
They come to Brawley riding a five game winning streak over the Wildcats and would very much want to hand them number seven.
A loss for the Wildcats would have them begin a season 0-2 for the first time since……….? I would guesstimate in the mid to late 1980’s but not sure, so any others with this stat, please let us know.