LA JOLLA — The Calipatria High School football team picked up its first win of the season, an 18-12 thriller here against La Jolla Country Day.
The game was a modified eight-man contest.
The Hornet defense, under the direction of first-year defensive coordinator Jeff Deyo, was the story of the day. Time and again the Hornets stung the Torres' offense at the most opportune times.
"It was defense all the way," said Calipatria head coach Stu Black. "Unbelievable."
The Hornets defense had a number of stars. Brian Williams picked off two passes from Torres' quarterback Patrick Christy. Alex Sanchez got two solo sacks and teamed with Hector Maciel on another. Alex Fairley also dropped Christy for a deep loss.
Most important about the defense was that it stepped up when it most counted.
The pivotal play of the game came with the Hornets holding onto an 18-12 lead late in the fourth quarter. LJCD held the ball at midfield facing a fourth and inches. Christy attempted a sneak but was greeted by a swarm of Hornets and stopped at the line of scrimmage, sealing the Calipatria victory.