Calexico Bulldogs Roll Desert Mirage Rams, 45-0

Calexico Bulldogs Wide Receiver Andy Rojas (#81) eludes the Desert Mirage Rams’ secondary Friday night at the Bulldogs’ home game.

CALEXICO — Undefeated at 3-0 and with two non-conference games left before Imperial Valley League play begins, the Calexico Bulldogs chewed up the Rams of Desert Mirage at home 45-0 in Friday night high school football action.

On the opening drive of the game, the Bulldogs came out running, but were held at the 11-yard-line forcing a successful field goal attempt by Gil Olivas (#8) and getting on the board first at 3-0.

With 4:51 left in the first half, the Rams fumbled the ball, which was recovered by Calexico’s Diego Ramos (#24)at the Desert Mirage 29-yard-line.

But a personal foul pushed the Bulldogs all the way back to mid-field. On the very next play, quarterback Frank Moreno (#11) heaved a 50-yard rainbow to wide receiver Andy Rojas (#81) to take a 10-0 lead.

“We wanted to identify the base of their defense and come out throwing,” said Calexico Bulldogs head Coach John Tyree about Friday night’s strategy.

Early in the third quarter at the ten minute mark, a 17-yard run from the Rams’ 20-yard-line by Bulldogs full back Alex Rivera (#33), set up a 3-yard touchdown option pitch to Jorge Viallobos (#28) pushing Calexico ahead 17-0.

A 47-yard punt return to the Desert Mirage 13-yard-line by Rojas put the Bulldogs within striking distance again where Juan Flores (#32) trotted in for a 7-yard rushing touchdown to extend the lead 24-0.

Still in the third quarter with 4:39 left, Desert Mirage attempted a fake punt that was sniffed out by the Bulldogs to regain possession on their own 42-yard-line.

A break-away 47-yard gain toward the end of the third quarter by Ernesto Covarrubias (#6) on third and nine, would help facilitate another Calexico touchdown for a 31-0 lead on a 19-yard connection between Moreno and Rojas.

The team of Moreno and Rojas would hook-up again on a 28-yard rollout pass to the Desert Mirage 22-yard-line. In the same series, a goal-line quarterback keeper by Moreno inflated the lead to 38-0 with 7:38 remaining in the fourth.

The last blow came at the hands of Calexico running back Steven Torres (#5) on a 19-yard touchdown gallop with four minutes left to play, for the last score of the game bringing it to 45-0.

“We’ve reached a point where we could fix things up and be competitive in the league,” said Coach Tyree about this season’s aspirations.