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Scots sting Hornets 36-12

October 09, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

CALIPATRIA — It was billed as the showdown to decide the Desert Mountain League championship, the immovable object against the irresistible force, a battle of titanic proportions.

What the Vincent Memorial and Calipatria high football game here Saturday night turned out to be was a good old-fashioned whipping, as Vincent thumped Calipatria 35-12.

Things started slowly for the Scots, but despite 205 yards in penalties and five turnovers, once Vincent's offense got rolling, there wasn't much the Hornets could do. In the second and third quarters the Scots outscored Calipatria 30-6 and essentially put the game to rest.

"That was an ass-whoopin'. They just kicked the crap out of us," said Hornet coach Stuart Black. "Give them full credit. Their players took it to us. My hat's off to (Vincent coach) Jaime Santos.

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"When you have a private school versus a public school, you're playing against a team that can pick the players they want and this is going to happen. But that's within the rules and they took it to us," said Black.

"Before this game we were in control of our own destiny, but tonight we took destiny out of our hands."

The Hornets are now 1-1 in DML play while the Scots go to 1-0 in league action.

Vincent stuck to the ground early, running 12 times on its first 13 plays.

Leading the ground attack early was fullback Eric Ruiz, who carried seven times on the team's first two possessions for 43 yards, including the team's first score, a four-yard plunge with 2 minutes, 37 seconds left in the first quarter.

A missed extra point try, following three consecutive five-yard penalties, gave the Scots a 6-0 lead.

It wasn't until the second quarter that Vincent started pulling things out of its bag of offensive tricks as it started to go to the vertical game.

Quarterback Miguel Montaño connected with running back Juan Roman Lopez on passes of 15, 37 and 45 yards to pace the offense. The 45-yarder was good for six points as the score came with 11 seconds remaining in the half, which followed a Calipatria 1-yard touchdown run by Jacob Steele at the 44-second mark.

The Scots other score in the second quarter came when Jose Ramon Lopez reached pay dirt on an eight-yard scamper. He followed with a successful two-point run at the 3:31 point in the frame.

To start the second half, Vincent mixed up its offense, utilizing the power running of Ruiz, the outside rushing of Jose Ramon Lopez and the aerial assault of Montaño as the Scots marched 60 yards for a touchdown on a Ruiz 1-yard plunge. Montaño added the extra point, upping the lead to 28-6 at 4:06 into the half.

"We played pretty good on offense. I think our line deserves a lot of the credit. They did a really good job opening things up," said Ruiz, who finished with 60 yards rushing. "The line really set the tempo and opened up the whole offense. Because we were able to run, that opened up the pass."

Fullback Jean Pierre Jacott tacked on his team's final score as he rumbled for a touchdown from seven yards with 38 seconds left in the third. Juan Roman Lopez added a two-point conversion to extend the lead to 30 points.

Instead of giving up, the Hornets pressed on and capitalized on a Montaño interception deep in Vincent territory. It took four plays from four yards out, but Alex Sanchez reached the end zone from a yard with 25 seconds to play. A failed two-point try ended the scoring for the night.

"Give credit to Calipat. They have a tough group of players with a lot of heart," said Vincent coach Jaime Santos. "There were a lot of penalties tonight, but we got lucky and didn't let it affect us.

"Our defense played really strong and we had a great night on offense. A lot of credit has to go to (offensive coordinator) coach (Anthony) Likos. He did a really good job of preparing this offense."

Calipatria (4-2 overall will play at Imperial at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Vincent (3-1) will play at San Pasqual in Winterhaven at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19.

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