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Eagles fall to Cibola 7-2

October 06, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

The Southwest High Eagles football squad ended its non-league season with another close loss, this time to the undefeated Cibola High Raiders from Yuma at Eagle Field in El Centro on Friday.

The Eagles, now 1-4, only generated two points, by way of a safety in the first quarter when Cibola quarterback Cody Peterson was sacked in his end zone by Danny Lopez with 1:48 left in the quarter.

The first quarter ended with Southwest up 2-0.

In the second quarter neither team generated any scoring opportunities. Although both offenses were struggling to move the ball, the defenses were coming up with big plays.

The Raiders tried to establish a running game led by Michael Jones but Cibola's forays were cut short by the Eagles' hard-hitting defense.


Southwest also tried to establish a running game with several running backs but was unsuccessful because of a swarming Raider defense and fumbling by the Eagle quarterbacks. Most of the fumbles were recovered by Southwest.

In the third quarter the Raiders finally scored on an interception by Ryan Johnson from quarterback Matt Petree. Johnson caught the ball near the Southwest 30-yard line and ran it in for the touchdown with 3:21 left in the quarter. Johnson also kicked the extra-point, leaving the score at 7-2.

Petree left the game after he suffered an injury on the interception.

Both offenses continued to struggle, resulting in no more scoring opportunities.

Cibola head coach Shawn Weher said, "We did very well on defense but very badly on offense."

The Eagles will start their league play Friday when they host the Brawley Wildcats.

Southwest head coach Jerry Storts said the Eagles played, "not well enough."

He said his team could have won, adding, "We shot ourselves in the foot with penalties and no execution."

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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