CALEXICO – The Vincent Memorial Scots hosted the Huntington Park Spartans Saturday in the 2017 CIF State Football Championship Bowl Game for Division 6-A in a 40-18 win as the Scots dominated on the field.
The Scots began by deferring and kicked off to the HP Spartans for the first possession. After a short drive down the field, the Scots’ Hernan Olivas jumped in front of the receiver for a interception, and returned the ball to the 52-yard line.
With the ball now in the Scots’ possession, quarterback Eduardo Valenzuela handed the ball off to Daniel Rizzo who enjoyed a big run, bringing the ball to the 18-yard line and a first down. On a fresh set of downs for the Scots, Valenzuela hurled a pass to wide receiver Andres Bryan, who ran the remaining yards into the end zone. After a successful extra point, the Scots took a 7-0 lead.
Receiving the kickoff, the Spartans’ Alfonso Valencia returned the ball for good field position at the 42-yard line. As the Spartans neared mid-field, quarterback Victor Molina threw a pass intended for Anthony Parhms, but was foiled by an interception by the Scots’ Ramiro Cuevas.
With the ball back in Vincent Memorial’s possession, Valenzuela drove his team down field, closing out the drive with a big pass to Olivas, who ran it in for a touchdown. After a failed two point conversion attempt, the Scots had a 13-0 lead.
After kicking the ball to the Spartans, the Scots managed to hold the Spartans again, forcing them to punt. Vincent Memorial once again moved down field, but this time, the pass was intercepted by Spartan James Rossum, who ran it to the Scots’ 40-yard line.
The Spartans’ Molina handed the ball off to Bey’Jon Lee who brought the ball to the Scots’ two-yard line. Molina took the snap and scrambled out of the pocket to complete a pass to Lee for a touchdown. After a failed two-point conversion, the game moved into the second quarter, with the Scots up 13-6.
The Scots were forced to punt back to the Spartans. After moving down the field, the Spartans’ Molina threw a 22-yard pass to Lee for a touchdown. After a failed two-point conversion, the Scots remained on top, 13-12.
Still in the second quarter, the Scots took possession, and after moving down field, Valenzuela handed the ball to Rizzo, who powered past the line of scrimmage for a touchdown. While the Scots managed to score two more touchdowns in the second quarter, they held the Spartans to one touchdown, bringing the score to 34-12 at halftime.
Starting off the second half of play, both teams managed one touchdown apiece, to bring the game to its final score of 40-18. After this win, the Vincent Memorial Scots will host Galileo High School December 16 for the State Championship for their division.