The first round of playoff football in the San Diego section has begun! Division Five’s bracket kicked off with the top ranked Vincent Memorial Scots battling with the Southwest SD Raiders. Vincent Memorial moved on into the next round behind their star quarterback in a decisive 43-8 victory.
The hero that was just mentioned is quarterback Eduardo Valenzuela. Running back Emilio Abizaid was deadly enough for the Scots but Valenzuela was definitely the difference maker. Abizaid drew first blood on a 9 yard score and Valenzuela quickly added onto that by finding Juan Pablo Ruiz on a 15 yard touchdown connection. Valenzuela connected with Andres Bryan in the end zone on a 9 yard pass shortly before halftime to give Vincent Memorial a convincing 21-0 lead. The signal caller continued his dominant performance in the second half by throwing for two more scores, giving him 4 touchdown passes on 305 passing yards. Glory goes to the quarterback, but who knows how this game would have went if not for the defense’s performance. Southwest SD was able to run the ball well but could not capitalize thanks to the tenacity of the Scots. Defensive lineman Baraquiel Fimbres led the way with multiple tackles for lost yardage, its got to be a scary sight for other teams knowing he’s only a freshman.
Vincent Memorial now takes on Classical Academy in the second round of Division 5 playoffs, tune into the Prep Pigskin Report next Friday to see which teams get one step closer to the coveted CIF championship!
PREVIEW: It’s finally time for every high school football fans favorite part of the year, the CIF football playoffs! The matchups are set, and each team has their eyes on the championship. Two of those teams will be vying for the Division Five title as the top seeded Vincent Memorial Scots take on the Southwest SD Raiders.
There was no question that Vincent Memorial would deserve a top seed after an 8-2 season. Quarterback Eduardo Valenzuela has been an unstoppable force with over 3,500 yards of total offense and 44 touchdowns. Not just a one man show, the Scots also can rely on the running back duo of senior Andres Bryan and sophomore Hernan Olivas with their 1,075 combined rushing yards. It will be hard enough to stop the Scots offense, but Vincent Memorial’s defense might be even tougher to get an offense going against. Freshman defensive tackle Baraquiel Fimbres (7.0 sacks) and senior cornerback Ivan Avalos (4 interceptions) lead the way for a defense that has held multiple opponents to under 10 points.
Both the teams that beat Vincent Memorial scored over 50 points, so it will take a prolific offense to upset Division Five’s top ranked school. Southwest SD has to be feeling like that team after pulling off a 50-38 shootout win over San Ysidro followed by a 34-0 shutout of Castle Park to end the season. Running backs Joshua Sanchez and Leonard Hoar have combined for nearly 2,000 yards and 18 scores on the ground; the two seniors ability to score the ball will be key in a potential victory for the 4-6 Raiders. Find out which team moves on to the second round this Friday on KUSI's Prep Pigskin Report!