Vincent Memorial boldly goes where no Scot has gone before

VINCENT MEMORIAL brings home the schools first ever CIF Championship title in big win over Crawford High on November 25. Courtesy photo

IMPERIAL VALLEY – Vincent Memorial made school history on November 25 as the Scots corralled the Crawford Colts at Southwestern Community College in San Diego to chalk up the 45-3 blowout and bring home the schools first CIF Championship trophy.

After exchanging defensive stands, on the second offensive possession, Vincent quarterback Eduardo Valenzuela flung a fire ball up-field to wide receiver Juan Pablo Ruiz to complete the 27-yard touchdown connection.

Scots defenders Baraquiel Fimbres and Miguel Valenzuela tag-teamed on a sack that ended the Colts ensuing drive.

Still in the first quarter, Scot defensive tackle Gabriel Lopez chimed in on the action with a sack of his town to force another Crawford stop.

At their own 45 yard-line, Valenzuela reeled back and found Hernan Olivas on a 43-yard cross route that moved the chains into the Colts red-zone.

Halfback Javier Briseno, capped off the drive with a two-yard rushing touchdown to put Vincent Memorial up 13-0.

Crawford scored their only points of the contest on a 12 yard field goal as the scoreboard read 13-3.

Right when the Colts began to move the ball, Vincent linebacker Jaime Angulo forced and recovered a fumble at the Crawford 30 yard-line which lead to a two-yard Briesno rushing score.

The Scots defense continued to stifle the Colts aerial attempts as Manuel Diaz intercepted a slant pass at midfield.

Valenzuela then scrambled for a big chunk of yardage before he was taken down at the 25 yard-line.

Vincent wide receiver Ruiz hauled down a floater at the one yard-line.  Valezuela called his own number and punched in a QB keeper.

Later on in the second half, defensive back Juan Pablo Robinson, batted down a lateral attempt in the Crawford backfield that was recovered by Ruiz at the 15 yard-line.

Scot running back Daniel Rizzo finished off the sequence from the two yard-line to go up big late in the second half.

As the fog rolled in on the fourth quarter the Scots punched one more through on a short rushing TD to claim the 45-3 crushing over Crawford.

For the first time in school history the 2017 Varsity football squad hoisted up the CIF Division V Championship trophy.

Valenzuela was elected to receive the CIF Sportsmanship award at closing ceremonies.

“I want to thank everybody who helped us get here – coaches, family, and all my teammates,” commented Valenzuela in an interview after the game.  “I showed support to my team mates, they showed it back to me, we are a family, and that is why we’re in this,” he concluded.