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Scots shut out Warriors

September 30, 2001|By AMBER MARQUEZ, Special to this newspaper

CALEXICO — The Vincent Memorial High football team shut out the Army/Navy Warriors 45-0 here Friday.

Running back Eric Ruiz put Vincent on the board with a four-yard run near the end of the first quarter. Ruiz ran in the two-point conversion to put the Scots up 8-0.

The Scots then recovered a fumble, allowing Ruiz to score again before the first quarter was over. Juan Ramon Lopez scored the second two-point conversion of the night, putting Vincent ahead 16-0.

In the second quarter Miguel Montano completed a pass to Lopez, who ran the ball 79 yards to score the third touchdown of the game.


With a score of 22-0 in the second quarter, Warrior running back Rory Graham had a six-yard run for the Warriors' initial down of the night.

Players such as Vincent's Manuel Padilla made it difficult for the Warriors to gain yardage and even more difficult to get a first down.

Manuel Padilla had 16 tackles, breaking the old school record of 13.

"We have a great defense," Ruiz said.

Coach Jaime Santos added, "We are very strong on the line."

In the second half, Ruiz fumbled the ball, giving the Warriors an opportunity to score, but a pass by Army/Navy quarterback Eric Zimmerman was intercepted by Lopez, who took the ball 45 yards for another touchdown. With another two-point conversion the score was 30-0.

The fourth quarter began with a Ruiz pass to Jose Alfonso Vidales, who ran the ball for 10 yards, making it first and goal for the Scots. A Ruiz pass to Lopez gave the Scots another touchdown and made the score 38-0 after Ruiz ran in the two-point conversion.

The Scots' great defense once again held the Warriors and quickly regained possession of the ball.

On a hand-off to Jose Ramon Lopez, the Scots gained 20 yards before Sanots called a time-out.

After a short break, Ruiz ran straight up the center for 22 yards, making it first and goal. Jean Pierre Jacott then scored the sixth and final touchdown for Vincent. Montano kicked the extra point, making the final score 45-0.

"We played a good game and we worked as a team," said Juan Ramon Lopez.

Santos added, "We've had a rough two weeks. We had to deal with a lot of discipline problems and we're not smooth yet but the outcome is what we wanted."

Ruiz led the Scots with 135 yards on 21 carries.

Vincent will be back in action at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at home against Calipatria.

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