IMPERIAL – The most exiting chapter in Imperial football history has reached its home stretch, the 2013 CIF San Diego Section Division 2 playoffs.Â
After a well-deserved week off, the #3 seeded Tigers of Imperial will take on the sixth seeded El Capitan Vaqueros in the most anticipated home game in Tiger Football history.
Fans will look to Field-General, Chris Carter, to steer the talent-laden, big-play offense Thursday night as he has done successfully all year, passing and rushing for over 1,000 yards in each category.Â
Whether he is hitting his favorite target Dajon Staton for a deep pass, reading defenses to keep the ball or handoff to running back Royce freeman, Carterâ€™s stellar play and decision making has been instrumental to the Tigers undefeated run this year.
Along with Carter, ultra-talented running back Royce Freeman will be looking for a big day rushing and playoff runs to cap an already magical year.Â With over 2,400 yards rushing, and thirty-eight rushing touchdowns on the year so far, the Oregon bound back has rewritten the CIF San Diego Section record book, setting three career marks, including most touchdowns, total yards, and total points.Â
Working hard in the trenches protecting both Carter and Freeman are the Tiger offensive line Evan Pumphrey, Micky Lopez, James Phillips, Cyrus Gilbert, and Seth Culp.Â The backbone to any offense is its offensive line. This yearâ€™s Tiger â€œBackboneâ€ is one the best in CIF at blocking for the rush. Their line has allowed the Tigers almost 4,000 rushing yards in just ten games.
The offense has been playing on point all year, yet it is the Tiger defense that truly has progressed with the season, stepping up in crunch times and during big games.Â
Defensive standouts Sage Macias, Shaun De La Torre, Victor Cruz, and Robert Colace have led the Tiger defense and their play has been highly competitive when motivated.Â Perhaps the best highlight of the defense was when they held Brawley to only ten points on while on the road in Brawleyâ€™s home turf.Â
â€œWe approach every football game the same, with intensity and we go out there and prepare the best we can and so far what weâ€™ve been doing has been successful,â€ said Head Coach Kerry Legarra.Â Â Â
With the entire Tiger team firing on all cylinders, a packed house is expected Thursday. The Tigers have the chance to get to the CIF San Diego Section Division II Semi-Finals.Â
â€œI know the guys are ready, and they are fired up,â€ said Coach Legarra.Â
With the city of Imperial just as ready, and fired up to support their Imperial Tigers, one thing is for sure, Tiger Den Shimamoto-Simpson stadium will be rocking Thursday night, and the place to be for an exciting night of football.Â Â Â
The Imperial Tigers will host the El Capitan Vaqueros Thursday night with kickoff scheduled for 7 PM.