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Scost open season with 48-7 win

September 08, 2001|By JON HINSHAW, Sports Writer

CALEXICO — The Vincent Memorial High School football team's start to its second varsity season didn't exactly kick off the way they had hoped, but it ended like not a beat had been missed from last year.

After Bachillerato Universitartio de Mexicali took the opening kickoff for an 84-yard touchdown, Vincent scored 48 unanswered points in a 48-7 victory here Friday on the Calexico High football field.

Scot quarterback Miguel Montaño threw for four touchdowns and 197 yards, all in the first half, and Jose Lopez scored five touchdowns on 104 yards rushing and 72 receiving.

"Everything we did went well," Montaño said.

Added Lopez, "We have a really good offense and they had weak corners. We just passed and ran to the outside. It was an easy game because we were well-prepared."

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Following the crowd's initial silence after Francisco Esquer's score for the Borregos Salvajes, Vincent kept the home fans standing and cheering. Using a multitude of offensive tactics — including the shotgun, option, four wideouts and double tight ends — the Scots scored six touchdowns in the first half.

That was just part of Vincent's huge opener.

Defensively the Scots were at their best as they yielded no positive yardage to Bachillerato. Bachillerato, whose nickname is translated to Savage Rams, netted negative four yards of offense and racked up 46 yards in penalties. Its largest gain from scrimmage was a six-yard pass in the first quarter.

"We didn't know what to expect from them so we basically tried it all," said Vincent coach Jaime Santos. "The defense and offense both did well. This was the type of game where we could try some plays and see how things worked out."

Things worked well early for the Scots' offense as Montaño came out gunning and Lopez came out running.

Behind 7-0, Lopez was the first Vincent player to score, on a 15-yard run, but a failed two-point conversion kept the Borregos Salvajes in the lead. Vincent's defense forced a four-and-out on Bachillerato's first series and Montaño hooked up with Juan Lopez for a 33-yard strike for a 12-7 advantage after the first quarter.

Then the Scots really got going.

Montaño tossed three touchdowns in the second 12 minutes, two to Jose Lopez and one to Manuel Padilla. Lopez's catches were for 37 and 45 yards, and Padilla caught a seven-yard pass. Lopez added his second of three touchdown runs on a one-yard score. The four touchdowns, coupled with two two-point conversions, gave Vincent a 40-7 lead at the break.

The second half was played with a running clock at the request of Bachillerato, but that didn't stop Vincent as it quickly opened a 46-7 lead on Jose Lopez's fifth touchdown. Lopez's 77-yard run was followed by brother Juan Lopez's two-point conversion run to yield the final score.

Montaño didn't come out for the second half as a leg injury resulted in him being taken from the field in an ambulance.

"We're hoping for the best," said Santos, who added his starting quarterback may have a broken femur. "If it is broken, it should heal fast and hopefully he can be back for the playoffs."

Vincent plays Francis Parker of San Diego at 7:30 p.m. Friday, but on what field the Scots do not know. Vincent plans to announce the site sometime next week. While the site is a small concern and the health of his quarterback an even bigger one, Santos is turning his attention toward the Lancers.

"We made some mistakes tonight," he said, alluding to 50 yards in penalties his team had. "Francis Parker won't let us get away with those mistakes or throw as freely, so we're going to be working hard this next week."

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