Lopez scores five TDs in Vincent Memorial route

September 11, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

For four quarters Vincent Memorial High School's Jose Lopez was one of the most dominating football players on any Imperial Valley football field Friday.

In Vincent's 48-7 thumping of Bachillerato Universitario de Mexicali, Lopez rushed for 104 yards, had 72 yards receiving and reached pay dirt five times.

While he would like to think that was his goal heading into the game, in reality his performance was a surprise.

"I really didn't expect to do that well. Going in, I just wanted to score one touchdown. That's all I thought I'd get," said the 16-year-old junior. "But everything just went right for us. I saw that they had weak corners who were a little slow and I just tried to go to the outside and go after them."

Whether it was on the outside or the inside, Lopez had Bachillerato's number scoring on runs of one, 15 and 77 yards. His only two receptions went for touchdowns, one on a 37-yard reception the other on a 45-yarder.


"For it being our first game, I think we did pretty good on offense. I think it was just an easy game. I was happy with the result," said Lopez. "For me, I think it was just a lucky game. I didn't go in expecting to score five touchdowns.

"For the rest of the season I'm not going to think that I'm going to score five touchdowns every game. Two or three will be all right with me."

While Lopez and his Vincent teammates handled Bachillerato with ease, things will get a little tougher this week as the Scots travel to Winterhaven to take on San Pasqual.

For Vincent to be successful, it will have to rely on Lopez again. Last year the Scots had about seven or eight capable running backs they could insert into their lineup. This year there are only about four, with Lopez leading the charge.

"That just means we all get more carries, which I like. I think we really needed this game to get us going and prepare us for this coming game. It really helped us."

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