Week 11: Mountain Empire Red Hawks 45, Vincent Memorial Scots 16
With a Manzanita League championship on the line, the Mountain Empire defense dominated with six interceptions to crown themselves the 2018 league champs after defeating Vincent Memorial, 45-16.
Senior Dallas Prince had an unforgettable senior night, leading the way with three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, and a 75-yard reception for a touchdown.
The Red Hawks (7-3, 3-0) have clinched a home playoff game and a first-round bye in Division V.
Vincent Memorial Scots (7-3, 1-2) will play a first-round game next week at home after failing to clinch a share of the Manzanita League title.
Defense dominated the first half. The Scots had two interceptions to begin the game, returning one for a touchdown.
The Red Hawks, after falling behind 6-0 to being the game, never trailed again.
Senior quarterback Gabriel Hydorn, after struggling early, found his groove and connected on long touchdown passes to Prince and Marcus Smith.
The Mountain Empire linemen were constantly getting pressure and stuffing the line of scrimmage. Senior lineman Tony Arce lead his unit in a great defensive performance.
Before the game, Arce said that winning league would “mean the world” to him and his teammates. After four years of hard work, Arce and his team can finally call themselves league champs.
This Friday night, the Manzanita League championship will be decided when Vincent Memorial travels to Pine Valley to take on Mountain Empire.
This game will also have major CIF Division V implications. The Scots of Vincent Memorial are 7-2, 1-1, while the Red Hawks are 6-3, 2-0.
Depending on the results of other games, the winner of this can possibly get a first round bye in the playoffs and host a playoff game.
The Red Hawks will be lead by senior quarterback Gabriel Hydorn and senior running back Ethan Rose.
A win for Mountain Empire and they will crown themselves Manzanita League champs with a 3-0 record in league play.
Vincent Memorial Scots, who reside in Calexico, are coming off a loss to Holtville, their first loss in a month.
The Scots will need a big game from their defense to slow down the senior offensive players from Mountain Empire. They are giving up just under 14 points per game this year. A win Friday night and they will be in good shape heading into the playoffs.
Kick-off is at 6:30 p.m.
For highlights of this game and others around the county, be sure to tune into Season XX of the Prep Pigskin Report this Friday at 11 p.m.
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