CALIPATRIA — One of the first things Calipatria High football coach Stuart Black said to his team before the start of the second half of its game against Holtville here Friday was "24 more minutes gentlemen, 24 more minutes."
The message was short and simple, but was understood loud and clear.
Up 16-8 at halftime, it was 24 more minutes to a 3-1 record, 24 more minutes to a 1-0 Desert League record and 24 more minutes to Calipatria's first win over Holtville in more than 20 years.
In that 24 minutes the Hornets held the Vikings scoreless in a 22-8 victory.
"Our kids really played all four quarters tonight. Whatever we lacked in size and talent our guys made up in heart," said Black. "This was just a great win for our team. I really think the final score didn't belie what happened in the game."
What happened was a total domination in the second half. After giving up 160 yards (all rushing) to Holtville in the first half, the Hornet defense clamped down in the second, holding the Vikings to only 48 total yards (39 rushing). Calipatria also forced five turnovers, two on drives where Holtville drove in the red zone.