Scots sweep past CIF quarter final

Scots quarterback Eduardo Valenzuela (#12) breaks and heads up field during the CIF Division V quarter final Friday in Calexico.

CALEXICO – The Manzanita League Champion Vincent Memorial Scots entered CIF San
Diego Southern Section’s Division V football quarter final ranked number one and upheld their top shelf standing in a 43-8 crushing over Southwest San Diego High School Friday night at Ward Field.

One the first drive of the game, the Raiders pushed into Scots territory
in a 10-play sequence that positioned SW San Diego at the 48-yard line.

On third and 10, Vincent Memorial’s Ramiro Cuevas intercepted a pass
attempt at the 28-yard line as the Ward Field home stand cheered and anticipated
the first glimpse of the Scots’ high octane offense.

An Eduardo Valenzuela play action pass resulted in a 28-yard Scots gain
into the Raider side of the field, plus a 30-yard bomb to Hernan Olivas
that set up Daniel Rizzo to gain 16 yards in two rushes for a quick 7-0
Scots advantage midway through the first quarter.

SW San Diego then pieced together a 54-yard drive on a second offensive
possession that situated a fourth and nine at the Vincent 20-yard line.

An aggressive Scots special teams unit was able to fluster the Raider
kicker who wasn’t able to convert the 35-yard field goal, and Vincent
Memorial took over at the 20-yard line.

A 25-yard laser from Valenzuela to Olivas, a 10-yard dime to Juan
Pablo Ruiz, and a 13-yard connection with Andres Bryan led to a touchdown slant route reception from the 22-yard line by Ruiz to make it 14-0 Scots, as the first period came to a close.

As defense stiffened up in the second quarter, Vincent Memorial was able to string together another series of plays that penetrated all the way to the Raiders’ five-yard line when Vincent’s Bryan skated into the end zone for the 21-0 Scots lead right before the end of the half.

The Scots continued their offensive explosion on the first drive of the third quarter as Rizzo put the cap on a 55-yard five-play drive with a four-yard rushing score.  On the extra point attempt, kicker Adolfo Perez was unable to get the kick off, but still managed to outrun the
Raider defenders all the way in for a two-point conversion. Vincent Memorial maintained a 29-0 lead with 10:50 to go in the third quarter.

Another three-and-out stop by the Scots defense allowed Valenzuela to hang up a 45-yard cherry to wide receiver Ruiz, who dashed in to extend the score to 36-0.

SW San Diego managed to get on the board with 5:00 remaining in the third quarter to make the margin 36-8 after the successful two-point attempt.

But Vincent Memorial struck right back as the third quarter came to an end with a 12-yard touchdown delivery over the middle to Olivas, which ballooned the lead to 43-8 and triggered the accelerated clock at the commencement of the final period.

Even though the Scots drew a blank offensively in the fourth quarter, the early damage was insurmountable for the visitors as the final whistle blew in favor of Vincent Memorial 43-8.

The Scots move on to the semi-final of the CIF San Diego Division V Southern Section to host the number four ranked Classical Academy November 17 at 7:00 pm at Ward Field in Calexico.