Week 4: Crawford Colts 12, San Ysidro Cougars 8
It’s very rare to get to witness a football game with great offense, even better defense, and an incredible ending all in one.
The host San Ysidro Cougars and Crawford Colts managed to deliver, as it took all 48 minutes for the Colts to take out the Cougars in a 12-8 victory.
It was definitely the wrong call to consider San Ysidro the underdogs.
Both team looked very evenly matched, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
Both teams had to rely on their running game and both sides had success.
San Ysidro kicked things off with a 21-yard touchdown by Josue Juarez, and fullback Joshiel Alvarez capped it off by running in a two-point conversation.
Crawford struck back thanks to Miguel Estrella and Kevin Luong.
Estrella scored first on a 2-yard touchdown, with just as much credit going to his line for getting him into the end zone.
Luong followed with a 1-yard QB sneak, and despite two unsuccessful two-point conversion attempts, the Colts would still hold a 12-8 lead.
The defensive units battled back and forth late into the fourth quarter, with the score remaining at 12-8.
With only two minutes left, the Cougars either needed to score or go home with a loss.
San Ysidros’ Marcus Bowman led a long, calculated drive that made two minutes feel like ten. Bowman led his team all the way to the Colts’ red zone, and this was where the insanity started.
With no timeouts and ten seconds left, Bowman needed to get his Cougars onto the line of scrimmage so he could spike the ball.
As he threw the ball into the ground, the Crawford Colts began celebrating as if the time ran out, but a referee ran onto the field signaling for one last second.
An entire battle filled with blood, sweat and tears came down to one snap.
Juarez would get the ball on a toss, but Estrella met him behind the line for a game-sealing tackle. That’s right, that’s the same Estrella that scored earlier in the game. The two-way star stole the show and broke the hearts of every Cougar fan in the stands ready to go crazy.
The San Ysidro Cougars can hold their heads high after pushing their opponents to the limit. They may be 0-4 but their next opponent, the Kearny Komets, now know what they’re capable of.
The Crawford Colts bump up to 2-1 and will prepare for the Francis Parker Lancers. Be sure to tune in again next week and catch all the highlights on the Prep Pigskin Report.\
The third week of the CIF football season had plenty of surprises and big games and week four should be no different.
One of the matchups the Prep Pigskin Report will be bringing you is between the Crawford Colts and San Ysidro Cougars on Friday night.
San Ysidro is winless going into this game. The 0-3 Cougars are a very run-heavy team so it will take a breakout performance from the running backs.
Jose Juarez and Nestor Amaya are the leading rushers and if they have a big night, then the Cougars could definitely pull off a big upset victory.
If possible, the 1-1 Crawford Colts will need to put their foot on the gas and take the Cougars out early, as their first two games of the year have both been too close for comfort.
The Colts bounced back from a heartbreaking double overtime loss to Marantha Christian by beating Calvary Murrieta in a tight 28-20 battle.
Crawford is no stranger to close games, so even if San Ysidro keeps it close then the Colts could still orchestrate a thrilling win. Crawford is also a very strong running team, led by Raul Reyes and Miguel Estrella.
The key positions for both sides will be the running backs and both the offensive and defensive lines.
Whoever shows up in these areas will most likely walk away with the win.
Tune into the Prep Pigskin Report this Friday to find out who wins this game and many more.