CALEXICO — The Spartans and Bulldogs kicked off week one of IVL football action at Ward Field October 4, where Central scorched Calexico 58-0 in the conference opener.
The Bulldogs received the kickoff and moved the chains 23-yards in two plays by way of a Christian Gonzalez eight-yard carry and a Cesar Luna 15-yard QB keeper.
Central’s defense found its stride and forced Calexico to punt after preventing a second first down.
The Spartan’s busted through the Bulldogs’ line and hauled down the Calexico kicker before he could get the punt off. Central took over at the Bulldog's 39-yard line.
On the Spartan’s first offensive play from scrimmage, quarterback Deniro Osuna fired a bullet to wide receiver Michael Sullivan, who zigzagged his way through the Calexico secondary for 32 yards.
On the very next play, Osuna dropped in a seven-yard cherry into WR Isaiah Perez’s basket by the corner pylon, for the early 7-0 Central lead at the 9:58 mark of the first quarter.
Calexico’s second offensive outing resulted in a three and out.
Once again, the Spartans started off their dive in prime real estate at the Calexico 39-yard line.
Five plays later, Central running back Angel Nava-Esparza capped off the drive with a three-yard scoring TD rush to put the Spartans up 14-0 with 7:11 to go in the opening period.
Light sprinkles turned into a flat-out rainstorm when Osuna nailed WR Fernando Morales on stride to a 36-yard TD bomb which made it a 21-0 contest with 5:15 still to go the first quarter.
Osuna and Morales connected for another touchdown, this time from 16 yards out, at the beginning of the second quarter as Central pulled ahead 28-0.
Less than two minutes later, Perez scored his second TD of the game when he was on the receiving end of a deflected Osuna pass. Perez then spun off an attempted tackle and dashed across the goal line to complete the 37-yard TD reception. The Spartans led 35-0 with 7:50 remaining in the second quarter.
As Calexico attempted a punt on their ensuing possession, Central’s Nava-Esparza blocked the kick into the back of the Calexico end zone which forced a safety and ballooned the lead to 37-0, Spartans.
Medina joined in on the Central offensive explosion when he broke away and utilized an open field spin move to finish off a 33-yard TD highlight reel.
Nava-Esparza snuck in a pic-six right before the end of the half which put the Spartans up 51-0 at intermission.
As an accelerated clock was enforced in the second half, Central milked the clock for the remainder of the contest.
Calexico allowed one last gash in the fourth quarter when a lost ball resulted in a 30-yard fumble recovery, scoop-and-score by Ricardo Carbajal, which stamped the 58-0 Central shutout.
“Our kids did a great job at executing the game plan,” said Spartan head coach David Pena. “We got 24 hours to enjoy this victory and then we gotta’ move on to Southwest. At this point, all we want to do is go 1-0 every week.”
The Spartans will play the Eagles for the City Championship game October 11 at Southwest High, while Calexico heads to Imperial to face the Tigers.