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Steele racks up 155 yards in Hornet loss

September 04, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

One of the goals set by the Calipatria High School football team for the 2001 season was to go undefeated.

That was a goal that ended Friday as Calipatria lost 22-20 to Antelope High School of Welton, Ariz.

While it was a heart-breaking loss, one of the bright spots for the Hornets was 17-year-old senior quarterback Jacob Steele.

The 5-foot-11, 160-pounder accounted for 155 of Calipatria's 289 total yards, rushing for 137 and scoring two touchdowns.

"I was really surprised that I rushed for that many yards. Our line isn't as big as it was last year, so I thought we'd throw a lot more this year," said Steele. "There were a few times when I broke to the outside where I was just amazed with how well we were running."

Down 16-6 in the third quarter, Steele's running helped Calipatria eventually take a lead.

With 2 minutes, 55 seconds remaining in the third, Steele capped a 20-yard scoring drive with a 3-yard run.


About two and a half minutes later, Steele ran through the Antelope defense on a quarterback keeper for a 42-yard score, giving the Hornets a 20-16 advantage, which they eventually relinquished in the fourth.

While the offense clicked at times, defensive mistakes cost Calipatria the game.

"I think most of the mistakes we made were because of inexperience. We had two guys playing in the secondary who hadn't played there before," said Steele, who also saw time at safety. "But from that game we found things that we need to work on in practice."

"We played pretty good at times, but I don't think the team was totally there. But I think this week we'll work on some things and we'll be able to gel a lot better and be ready for our next game," said Steele. "This first game was just a learning experience for us. It didn't make or break our year … we'll be fine."

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