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Southwest clipped by Madison

September 30, 2001|By ROBERT FULTON, Special to this newspaper

SAN DIEGO — The Southwest High School football team came up just short again, this time in a heartbreaking 10-7 loss here to Madison.

"Every game is tough," said Southwest head coach Jerry Storts. "Every game has come down to the last play. If fans don't enjoy this kind of football, something's wrong."

Down 10-7, Southwest had the ball first and 10 at the Warhawks' 13-yard line with under 30 seconds left in the game.

Eagle quarterback Ricky Lopez threw a pass into the end zone only to have it picked off by Madison free safety Daniel Stoneman, wrapping up the victory for Madison. It was Lopez' third interception and the Eagles' sixth turnover of the night.


"You're not going to win when you have six turnovers," Storts said

Earlier in the quarter, with the ball at their own 30 and less than two minutes left, Lopez threw his second interception. Luckily for the Eagles, the Warhawks fumbled with 48 seconds left, giving Southwest its final shot.

It was truly a game for the birds as the Eagles and Warhawks played an ugly contest. In addition to the six turnovers, Southwest only managed 172 total yards. Madison had nothing to brag about other than the victory, amassing only 111 total yards while committing four turnovers.

"We're playing good football," Storts said. "It's just that maybe the other team is playing just a tad better. What can I say? We just keep coming. We keep trying."

The Warhawk passing game was anemic, with starting quarterback Mario Kimble going 1-10 for three yards. Backup QB Jordan Satler tried his hand, but completed only two passes for 21 yards. Madison got on the board first when Daniel Rios broke free for a 41-yard jaunt. A T.C. Davis extra-point kick put the Warhawks up 7-0.

Southwest answered in the third quarter when Lopez found Ernie Gradillas from 13 yards out for a touchdown. A Pee Wee Salazar extra-point kick tied the score at 7-7. The game remained tied until midway through the fourth quarter. Madison's Davis connected on a 28-yard field goal to put his team ahead for good at 10-7.

One of the bright spots for Southwest came on defense. Danny Lopez forced one fumble, recovered another and had a sack late in the game, giving his team a chance to win it at the end.

"Danny Lopez played a heck of a ball game tonight," Storts said.

Other than that, Southwest had little to be happy about.

"We had four or five passes that were dropped," Storts said. "No telling where they would have gone."

Despite another close loss, the Eagles will fight on.

"Right now you look at our record and we're 1-3," Storts said. "A run here, a pass there and we could easily be 4-0. Most of the teams, we outdistanced them on offense and we shut them down on defense. We're winning the war in the trenches. The only place where we're not winning the war is on the scoreboard right now."

Next up for Southwest is a home game against Cibola of Yuma at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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