The Southwest SD Raiders were victorious in Friday night’s game against the Calexico Bulldogs, reversing the result of last year’s matchup. Both teams battled hard until the end, but it was Leonard Hoar’s 13-yard touchdown run late in the fourth that put the Raiders on top for a 27-21 win.
It was fitting that Hoar had the winning touchdown to end the game, because he started the action with a nearly identical 13-yard TD run in the first quarter to put the Raiders up 7-0. Hoar shined in this game, scoring a total of three touchdowns on the night. Another Raider deserving of recognition was Joshua Sanchez. As described in the preview of this game, Sanchez does the dirty work, advancing the ball down the field all game long, although not always the player to run it into the end-zone for a score. But tonight Sanchez finally got some glory as he tallied a touchdown for his team with a 2-yard run, to make the score 14-13 Southwest.
This game was a nail-biter. Almost every time Southwest had the lead, Calexico would come knocking. The Bulldogs’ quarterback, Jorge Villalobos, had a tremendous performance, scoring two throwing touchdowns and one rushing TD. His 25-yard run for a QB keeper would tie the game 21-21 in the third quarter. When Hoar scored in the fourth to make the score 27-21 Raiders, the Bulldogs did not give up. With the leadership of Villalobos, Calexico advanced the ball down the field as the seconds ticked down. Yet the Southwest defense did not falter. The Raiders held the Bulldogs at the 4-yard line, and got a taste of sweet victory at home in a tight game.
Southwest SD improves to 2-4, and they will look to extend their two-game win streak when they play Mar Vista on October 13, after next Friday’s bye. Meanwhile Calexico sits at 1-4 and will look to bounce back when they take on Imperial next Friday. Tune in to PPR on KUSI every Friday night at 10:30pm to keep up with all the best highlights and recaps.
PREVIEW: Week 6 of the Prep Pigskin Report takes us to Southwest SD, where the Raiders will be hosting the Calexico Bulldogs this Friday at 7pm. This non-conference matchup will determine which team is able to clinch the second win of their season, and gain crucial momentum before conference play begins next week for most teams.
Southwest SD, anchored by third-year coach Paco Silva, claims an overall record of 1-4. They will look to keep their win streak alive as they achieved their first victory last week, beating Orange Vista 28-14. Senior running back Joshua Sanchez had 24 carries for 154 yards, so look for him to move the ball down the field this Friday. Meanwhile junior RB Daniel Belton was trusted to run the ball for the Raiders in the red zone, as he rushed for 16 yards and two touchdowns on the night. Keep your eye out for his quick feet.
Other Raiders to watch for this Friday include senior FB/LB Lenny Hoar, who excels on both sides of the ball, and senior TE/DE Joshua Aguayo, who anchors each side of the line. On defense, seniors Carlos Rodriguez (5’11”, 230 lb) and Xavier Thomas (6’1”, 220 lb) have great size without losing speed.
Calexico, led by second-year head coach John Tyree, is 1-3 so far this season. Their lone win was a close 29-28 victory over Calipatria on September 15. In that game, fullback Ernesto Covarrubias shined, with 12 carries for 138 yards and three touchdowns. Covarrubias will look to find his rhythm again against Southwest SD.
Jorge Villalobos, a RB last year, has earned the QB assignment this year for the Bulldogs. Andy Rojas contributed greatly on offense last year, as both the leading receiver with 28 catches for 451 yards and 10 touchdowns, and as an impact running back with 293 yards rushing. Covarrubias, Villalobos, and Rojas are three of the key returning starters, after the team lost a whopping 27 seniors last year. It has been up to Coach Tyree to focus on this year’s senior talent while still developing the younger players.
The last time these teams played each other on September 30, 2016, Calexico beat Southwest SD 53-26 at home. Rojas, then a junior, scored five touchdowns, contributing to more than half of the Bulldogs’ total points. Look out for Rojas to bring his game on Friday night. The Raiders will have home turf advantage this time around, with the opportunity to turn the tables and get the win this time - unless the Bulldogs have something to say about it.
Kickoff is set for 7pm. Make sure to tune in to the Prep Pigskin Report this Friday at 10:30pm on KUSI for recaps and highlights of this game and more throughout the county, and be sure to follow @RedJacketArmy on Instagram and Twitter.