Brawley Wildcats traveled over the mountain to escape the miserable humid desert weather and to possibly avenge last yearâ€™s loss at the hands of the Hoover High Cardinals. Unfortunately, neither occurred as the weather was unseasonably warm for San Diego standards and Hoover Cardinalsâ€™ speed was too much for the visiting Wildcats. Building up a 20-0 lead that began in the second quarter was more than the Wildcats could overcome. Brawley showed their innate resilience as they represent the Blue and Gold by scoring twice in the fourth, but it was not enough. They were handed their first loss of the season 27-13.
Strategy plans were immediately in need of alteration on the fifth play from scrimmage when Jared Mohammed (4 carries with 21 yards) suffered an unknown leg injury. That would be an early big blow as they moved the ball to their own 40 but were forced to punt on 4th and 1. A punt only netted 16 yards and the Cardinals started their first possession with great field position at their 45 yard line.
DÃ©jÃ vu may have been on the minds of many on the sidelines and stands for the Brawley Wildcats. Hooverâ€™s offense resembled a team the Wildcats know all too well. Seems Jerry Ralph, former Head Coach of the St. Augustine Saints was the newest coach of the Cardinals. Every snap on offense was in a shotgun formation and there was no huddle all evening. The Cardinals moved the ball to the Wildcat 37 and had a first down, mimicking the Wildcats on their first drive, except for the punt.
Punting by the Wildcats after three plays and no first down set up the Cardinals with good field position after another bad snap on the punt. That put Hoover on the Wildcats 45 yard line. After three plays, Hoover tried a 4th and 3 but the plan was foiled when Donavan Buck forced an incomplete pass by a huge hit on the Cardinal QB. It ended the first quarter with one Brawley offensive play that gained 4 yards. Brawley turned the ball over after a penalty and an interception.
Hoover had their first scoring drive on six plays. A screen pass of 19 yards and a QB 10 yard TD run. Point after was good and they were up 7-0. They got the ball back on a Brawley fumble at the 25 yard line. The Cardinals would not cash it in for points as they turned over possession of downs.
Â The Wildcats still could not get an offensive drive going after a first down and eventually punted to Cardinals. No other scores would occur for the half and Hoover led 7-0.
The second half started with a bang. A three play drive covered 68 yards and the PAT was good. Hoover led 14-0. Two big plays were of 29 and 36 yards on the short drive.
The Wildcats began the first drive of the second half with some promise after a first down pass to Donavan Buck generated a 1st down. The drive sizzled and a great punt started the Cardinals on their next drive at their 5 yard line. Seven plays later the Cardinals increased their lead to 20-0.
Each team had a drive to end the third quarter. The score ended 20-0 after three quarters. Isaak Comparan was gaining momentum for the Wildcats but still remained shut out.
In the fourth quarter, Isaak Comparan ran 6 of 7 plays with the last totaling 10 yards. The PAT was good and it was now 20-7. On the ensuing, kickoff, Brawley allowed a Cardinal 96 yard kickoff return. Time was running out and the Wildcats trailed 27-7.
Brawley scored one more time on a 13-play, 79-yard TD drive. On the drive, Comparan carried 7 times and Zach Krigbaum snatched two catches. With 2:58 left in the game, the score was 27-13 and it remained the final score.
Hoover High moves to 2-0 in their record, while the Brawley Wildcats drop to 1-1. The Wildcats Â finally play at Home next week as they play Gila Ridge for the first time. The Hawks of Gila Ridge will try to improve their record to 3-0 if they can get a victory in Brawley. The Wildcats have victory in mind and will try to hand the Hawks their first loss of the season. Game is scheduled for 7PM.