Yuma High Criminals Clawed Up by Southwest Eagles 50-13

Southwest Eagles running back Tyler Saikhon (#3) dashes in for a touchdown during Friday’s game where the Eagles battered the Yuma Criminals 50-13.

EL CENTRO – The Southwest Eagles football team put its undefeated 3-0 record on the line Friday night sentencing the Yuma High Criminals to a 50-13 battering.

At the eight minute mark in an action-packed first quarter, Southwest struck first taking a 7-0 lead with a 40-yard touchdown trek on a successful pitch to running back Tyler Saikhon (#3).

On the ensuing kickoff, the Eagles attempted a squib kick that back-fired and resulted in a 79-yard touchdown return by the Criminals’ Isaiah Joya (#26), knotting up the game at 7-7.

In more first quarter action, with 6:47 remaining, Eagles quarter back Cameron Jungers (#5) hurled a floater down the middle to full back Gio Camarena (#7), scoring a 45-yard touchdown to pull ahead 13-7 after a failed extra point.

Another miscue on special teams by Southwest occurred on a punt return when the ball deflected off an Eagles player at the 14 yard-line, which was recovered by Yuma. On the next play, with 41 seconds left in the first period, Criminals’ tight end Tyler Hamilton (#8) snatched down a 14-yard touchdown pass, tying up the game once again at 13-13 after an unsuccessful extra point.

With 4:25 left late in the second quarter, Jungers, the Eagles’ quarter back, linked up with Saikhon for the second time in the half, for a 41-yard touchdown strike taking back the lead at 20-13.

On the following kick-off, the Eagles’ Saikhon recovered an onside attempt at Yuma’s 45-yard line. With this play, Southwest tore down the rearview mirror and never looked back, scoring again two plays later on a 20-yard touchdown toss to wide receiver Jesus Macias (#12), pushing the score to 27-13 at the end of the second quarter.

“We saw how they were lined up, which gave us the break to make that happen,” Southwest Head Coach John Mitosinka noted about the pivotal onside kick. “They were hanging around, and we wanted to put them away,” he added.

Midway through the third quarter after a physical sequence of short gains, a worn-out Yuma defense surrendered a 4-yard touchdown run to the Eagles’ Saikhon, making it a 35-13 game.

Then the Eagles’ Jungers and  Saikhon would hook up again with 5:36 in the third quarter on a 4-yard touchdown pass, giving Southwest a 43-13 lead.

With one minute left in the third quarter, Southwest’s Jungers sealed the deal with an 82-yard quarterback keeper, closing out the third and the game at 50-13 after a scoreless fourth quarter.