Vincent Memorial comes up short in CIF state championship

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CALEXICO– For the 2017 Division 6-A CIF State Football Championship Bowl Games, the Vincent Memorial Scots hosted the Galileo Lions on December 16, where the Scots held on till then end but came up short after suffering the defeat against the Lions with a score of 38-20.

For their first ever State Championship appearance, the Scots took the field, where they were first to receive on the opening kick-off, that was returned to their own 33-yard line. After a short drive down field, the Scots turned the ball over with an interception by the Lions’ Jackie Guo (#2), giving the Lions the balloon the Scots 23-yard line. On the Following play, the Lions’ quarterback Adrian Poot (#13) completed a 28-yard pass to Erasmo Rivas (#11), for a touchdown. After a two-point conversion that was rushed in by Yarvell Smith (#5), the Lions took an early eight point lead.

Despite the early score, the Scots offense took the field for a drive down field, where theScots went for it on fourth down, but came up short to switch possession. To end the final minutes of the first quarter, the Scots recovered a fumble by the Lions, to regain possession at the start of the second quarter.

Starting the second quarter, the Scots managed to capitalize on the fumble with a drive down field and a two-yard rushing touchdown by Daniel Rizzo (#28). After a good PAT by Adolfo Perez (#1), the Scots brought the score to 8-7.

Moving through the second quarter the Scots defended opened up by forcing an interception, that resulted in a pick six, giving the Scots’ their first lead of the game, with a score of 14-8. With the remainder of the second Harper being scoreless, the Scots went to the locker room up by six.

Kicking off the third quarter, the Scots kicked off to the Lions to get things started, at the Lions own 13-yard line. Moving down field, the Lions handed the ball off to Smith, who broke away for a 25-yard rushing touchdown, evening out the score. Like before, the Lions attempted the two-point conversion that was success, with a 2-yard by Poot.

Down by two, the Scots came to receive the ball but were unable to drive down field, forcing a punt back to the Lions, on the Scots 37-yard line. After a short 2-yard gain, the Lions handed the ball off to Ronald Fox (#3), who got around the defense for a 35-yard touchdown run.After another 2-point conversion by Guo, the Lions pushed the score to 24-14.

Moving through the rest of the third quarter, the Lions managed to put up one more touchdown and 2-point conversion, bringing the score at the start of the fourth quarter to 32-14.

During the fourth quarter, the Lions continued to stay in control with a touchdown by Fox, who ran the ball into the end zone, with a 10-yard carry.

On the Kick off, the Scots did manage to end the fourth quarter with an 80-yard kick off return, that brought the final score to 38-20.

Despite the loss, the Scots finished the regular season with a 12-2 record, were the Manzanita League Champions, with a record of 3-0, and won a CIF-San Diego Section title, after beating Crawford High 45-3.