Lopez leads Vincent on both sides of the football

November 27, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

If there has been one measure of consistency on the Vincent Memorial High football team this year, it has been Juan Roman Lopez.

Lopez has been one of the top offensive threats in the Imperial Valley as a Vincent running back and has been one of the area's most stubborn defensive backs.

On Friday Lopez turned in one of his best games of the year in one of the biggest games of the season as he recorded three touchdowns, two interceptions and totaled 160 yards of offense in the Scots' 38-6 pounding of Horizon in a CIF San Diego Section Division IV quarterfinal matchup in Calexico.

"Horizon was a tough team … they had a lot of talent. Going into the game their players looked tall and fast, so I expected the game to be a little more difficult.," said the 18-year-old Lopez, recently named as the Desert Mountain League's first team running back and cornerback. "But we studied the film on them and played them hard. We played at 100 percent on the field. So in general, I think we did pretty good."


Lopez's coaches said his stellar play on both sides of the ball is becoming the norm.

"After coaching him for three years we kind of expect things like that from him," said Scots' coach Jaime Santos. "No matter what he does, it doesn't cease to amaze me. When him and his brother (Jose Ramon) go to play, they go to execute and they like to punish their opponents."

Juan Roman punished the Horizon defensive backs with 110 receiving yards including touchdowns of 53 and 33 yards.

"I really think that Juan and his brother are important, key offensive and defensive players on this team," said Santos. "I always say (quarterback) Mickey (Montaño) is the leader out there, but our offense really does revolve around Juan and his brother. Juan is a very important player on this team and he is a big part of our success."

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