IMPERIAL — Four turnovers were simply too much for the Imperial High School football team to overcome as the Tigers fell 34-6 to Mountain Empire here Friday.
"The defense played superbly," said Imperial coach Mike Swearingen. "All of their points were scored on our offense."
The Tiger defense did well, limiting the Redhawks to 160 yards of total offense. The strong defensive showing could not offset the turnovers as Imperial struggled to move the ball. The Tiger offense accounted for only 108 yards of offense.
"The offense was non-existent," added Swearingen. "The defense played their hearts out."
The two teams traded possessions to open the game, before the Tigers' first turnover of the game put the Redhawks on the board. Imperial quarterback Ceasar Ramos was intercepted by Tyler Brunet, who returned the pick to the Tiger 10-yard line.
Two plays later Mountain Empire quarterback Erick Helvie hit Patrick Carroll for a 13-yard score. The Redhawks failed on the two-point conversion but led 6-0.