The Imperial Tigers took the duel in the desert and created a dust bowl! They took the first playoff game of the season defeating the Patrick Henry Patriots 41-0. With the win Imperial improves their record to 5-6 and secures their spot for their second game in the playoffs. Unfortunately, for the Patriots their 2017-2018 season has come to an end.
First quarter of the game started off a little slow for both teams, the only points on the scoreboard came from a 28-yard field goal by Imperial’s Santiago De La Torre. Tigers take the lead 3-0.
With success in mind Imperial wasted no to show their eagerness to survive in the playoffs. Second quarter of the game Quarterback Joseph Tarango threw a 53-yard pass to Santiago De La Torre for a touchdown, 9-0 Tigers. Scoring opportunities would not end there; Running back Brandon Hueso completed a 16-yard carry that set up a scoring play. Tarango showed up again, he threw an 11-yard pass to Joey Ramos to extend the lead 15-0 Tigers. Hueso came in with the 2 point conversion making the score 17-0 Tigers. The half ended with one more field goal and Imperial leading 20-0.
Third time is the charm, and a charm it was for the Imperial Tigers! Ramos came in with a 12 yard rushing touchdown that further extended the lead 27-0 Tigers. Hueso plowed through the Patriot defense for another seven points on the board before the end of the quarter 34-0 Imperial. To seal the deal on the match Tarango snuck in one last touchdown in the fourth quarter completing the game with the final score 41-0 Tigers.
Brandon Hueso completed the night with 186 rushing yards in 19 carries, and holds second place as all time leading rusher behind Royce Freeman at Imperial High School. Coach Kerry Legarra tied for all time wins in the school’s history with 77 under his belt.
Division III playoffs continue next week for the Imperial Tigers as they travel to the South Bay and face the Hilltop Lancers.
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PREVIEW: Do you know what time it is? Playoff time! Welcome to Week 12 of high school football, and yes the battle to be named the great begins! The Patrick Henry Patriots will be making the journey to Imperial to take on the Imperial Tigers in the first playoff game of the season.
Patrick Henry is coming into the playoffs with last week’s 49-6 win over the Hoover Cardinals. The win put them at a 3-7 record and 2-2 in league play. Imperial is also coming in with a win under their belts, they defeated the Palo Verde Valley Yellow Jackets 52-18. Their current record 4-6 and 2-3 in league play. Both teams have the common trend of having a three-week deficit until last week’s win; the confidence and adrenaline on both sides will make the matchup a nail biter!
The Patriots proved to be powerhouses last week! Quarterback Ethan Gomez lead the offensive with 154 passing yards and 14 rushing yards. Hussein Regab completed 90 rushing yards and a touchdown. Darius Mootry completed a total of 75 rushing yards followed by Melvin Harris who completed 69 rushing yards and a touchdown. Patrick Henry must keep the rushing yards, the offensive and defensive plays consistent to have favorable results on the field. It will take determination and heart to keep their playoff dreams a reality.
The Tigers are not to be underestimated! After asking Imperial varsity football Coach Kerry Legarra who would be players to watch on the Tiger’s roster he responded, “the entire team.” Imperial’s team mentality and making every player on the roster a fundamental component of success can only lead to greatness. Notable players that will help create a pathway to victory are quarterback Joseph Tarango and running back Brandon Hueso. Tarango completed 100 passing yards and 53 rushing yards last game. Hueso completed 183 rushing yards in last week’s game. He currently holds second place in Imperial High School history when it comes to rushing yards. He averages 1,000 rushing yards a season with a total of 3,000 rushing for his high school football career. Hueso is senior this year, it can be imagined that he plans to complete his time as a Tiger with nothing more than success.
Patrick Henry Patriots vs. Imperial Tigers is set for 7 p.m. at Imperial High School.
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