EL CENTROÂ â€“Â 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.
â€œWe saw how they were lined up, which gave us the break to make that happen,â€ Southwest Head Coach John Mitosinka noted about the pivotal onside kick. â€œThey were hanging around, and we wanted to put them away,â€ 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 Â 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.