YUMA — Calexico defensive back Manuel Gomez batted down Yuma quarterback Curtis Priest's pass with under 56 seconds left as the Criminals lost to Calexico 14-7 Friday at Doan Field here.
Yuma (0-2) twice had opportunities to tie the game in the fourth quarter but couldn't cross the goal line.
"We made mistakes at the wrong time," Yuma defensive coordinator Michael Garoutte said.
The mistakes weren't the normal yellow-flag variety — the Criminals only had one false start with 9 minutes 25 seconds remaining — but missed blocking assignments and fumbles.
The Bulldogs (1-0) scored late in the first quarter after Criminal running back Ryan Seale fumbled on Yuma's 21-yard line. Calexico quarterback Odin Ayala lofted a pass to Chris Ramsey for a 20-yard scoring strike for the Bulldogs first score but a failed two-point conversion kept Yuma ahead 7-6.
In the third quarter, Ayala struck again with an 18-yard scamper to the Criminals' 2-yard line. Javier Alatorre plunged in for the 2-yard touchdown to give the Bulldogs their first lead and the ensuing two-point conversion pushed the lead to 14-6.