Tri-City Christian Eagles 54, Calipatria Hornets 14
Tri-City Christian wasted little time in asserting their dominance over Calipatria Friday night, defeating the Hornets 54-14 to advance to the San Diego Section Division V CIF semifinals.
The second-seeded Eagles were lead by senior Christian Salibo, who had a total of six touchdowns: three rushing, two receiving and a kick-off return. On the defensive side, he had maybe the same number of hard hits as he did touchdowns.
“I want to give all the glory to God,” Salibo said after the game. “Just my teammates and coaches, family and friends who believe in us. God put this team together and we’re out here with one goal and that’s to win a championship.”
Freshman quarterback Kiah Reid had four passing touchdowns, all in the first half, for TCC.
The Eagles defense gave the 10 seeded Hornets problems all night. They forced four fumbles and one interception, with three of those fumbles coming in the first quarter.
TCC capitalized on each turnover, scoring touchdowns after each, for a total of 35 points.
Calipatria finishes the season 4-8.
TCC will be at home next week to take on the Francis Parker Lancers for the right to play to in the Division V championship game.
Those teams met in Week 9. TCC defeated the Lancers 27-12 in a game interrupted by heavy rain.
Kick-off is at 7:00 p.m.
PREVIEW – This Friday night, the Tri-City Christian Eagles will welcome the Calipatria Hornets to Vista in a San Diego Section Division V quarterfinal showdown.
After earning a first-round bye, Head Coach Shane Goodwin should have the Eagles (8-2) ready to take on Calipatria.
These two teams met way back in Week 1, dominated by TCC 40-14. TCC would go on to finish undefeated at home and league to crown themselves Pacific League champions.
Calipatria (4-7) is the 10 seed in Division V. They defeated Palo Verde on the road last week 28-3. The Hornets need to keep that momentum rolling this Friday night if they hope to pull off the upset.
The Eagles have a nice blend of veteran and young talent on the team. Senior Christian Salibo is very active on both sides of the ball. This season, he has over 20 rushing touchdowns and 1000 rushing yards. On defense, he is a ball hawk and one of the hardest hitters in the county. Freshman quarterback Kiah Reid has played like a veteran all season for TCC. A dual-threat quarterback, look for Reid to have success Friday night.
The Hornets, lead by Head Coach Mike Swearingen, will need to have an exceptional game from their defense if they want to move on to the semis. Calipatria is giving up just over 27 points per game this year. TCC is scoring just over 35 ppg.
A lot will be on the line Friday night.
Kick-off is at 7:00 p.m.
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