EL CENTRO — The Southwest Eagles varsity football team hosted the Cibola Raiders September 6 that ended with the Raiders caging the Eagles, 21-7.
In the first quarter, the Raiders received the ball on the opening kickoff and returned it to their own 24 yard line. On the first play of their possession, the ball was handed off to Cristian Bonilla who ran for nine yards, bring the ball to the 33-yard line. On the next play, the Raiders continued to drive with a long pass to Martin Garcia, who brought the ball to the Eagles’ 43-yard line. With a new set of downs, the Raiders moved the ball to the Eagles’ 9-yard line but failed to score in four plays, giving the ball to the Eagles on a turnover on downs.
The Eagles rushed for 30 yards with runs from Benji Alvarez but failed to convert for a first down up the field, forcing a punt. The Eagles punted the ball away to give possession back to the Raiders on their own 48-yard line. However, the Raiders once again failed to work their way into the end zone, giving away possession. With the Eagles unable to find their way onto the scoreboard, the first quarter ended with the same score, 0-0.
The Raiders came into possession of the ball in the second quarter with 7:24 left on the clock. After marching downfield, Raiders’ quarterback Quanah Locklear completed a 24-yard pass to Bonilla, who rushed the rest of the way into the end zone for six points. After a successful PAT by Matthew Magallanes, the Raiders took the lead, 7-0.
With time winding down and the Eagles still unable to put up points of their own, the Raiders regained possession with 4:37 on clock. After driving down the field, the Raiders moved the ball to the Eagles 6-yard line. On second down, Locklear took the snap and threw to Garcia for six yards and into the end zone for a touchdown. After another successful kick by Magallanes, the Raiders took a 14-0 lead. The second quarter ended with no more scoring.
In the third quarter, the Raiders took the field to kickoff to the Eagles, where the Eagles’ Eddie Veliz returned the ball to their own 34-yard line. However, the Eagles failed to obtain a first down, forcing them to punt back to the Raiders. After heading downfield, the Raiders failed to convert for a first down, giving possession back to the Eagles deep in their own territory. After reaching a goal line situation, the Eagles quarterback Nathan Holguin took the snap for a quarterback keeper and rushed for five yards, giving the Eagles their first points of the day. After a successful PAT by Samuel Arredondo, the Eagles cut the deficit in half, 14-7. With no more scoring in the third quarter, the Eagles looked to even things out in the fourth period of play.
The Eagles managed to hold the Raiders to regain possession early in the fourth quarter and threw a pick six to Abraham Flores, who returned the ball for 25 yards. After a third success PAT by Magallanes, the Raiders brought the game to its final score, 21-7.
The Eagles hit the road for their next match September 13, when they face off against the Kofa Kings.