Montgomery Aztecs 43, Southwest Raiders 14
It was a night to remember for Raider Homecoming Queen Flor Aguirre and Homecoming Kings Jorge Castillo and Alexis Marraquin winning the hearts and votes of the Southwest student body. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the Southwest football team as the Montgomery Aztecs pulled away in the second half defeating the Raiders, 43-14.
Aztec quarterback Keoa Gumataotao threw both scores in first half. Isiah King was on the receiving end of a 25-yard touchdown leaping over a defender for the first score. David Vargas went untouched for a 65-yard touchdown to bring the halftime score, 14-0.
Montgomery opened it up in the second half as Jaheem Williams scored twice in the third quarter. The sophomore running back showed his vision and athleticism on his 58-yard score, and his strength on his touchdown run inside the five-yard line.
Special teams and defense got in on the action in the fourth quarter for the Aztecs. Kyrell Thorne returned a kickoff for a touchdown extending the lead, 35-7.Davd Vargas added his second touchdown on the night with a pick six.
The great running of Raider backs Daniel Carrillo and Raymond Flores put Southwest on the board. Carrillo had Southwest’s biggest play of the night with a 74-yard touchdown run.
With the rough loss at home, Southwest will have a tough time making their case for a playoff spot.
On the other hand, Montgomery put themselves in a good spot and will most likely get a road game the first week of playoffs.
The Montgomery Aztecs (4-5, 1-1) and the Southwest Raiders (4-5, 1-1) will battle for second place in the Metro-Pacific League in Week 11.
Even more important than second place is making the playoffs.
Southwest is currently sitting just outside the top 8 in Division V and will be fighting to edge out Maranatha Christian (5-5, 2-2) and Palo Verde Valley (4-5, 1-3) for the last spot.
If the Raiders lose, their season will most likely be over. If they pull out the victory, they have a shot to crack the top 8. They were in a similar situation last year and won the last game of the season to receive the eighth seed.
With the top 12 teams making the playoffs in Division IV, Montgomery will solidify a playoff spot if they can get back to .500. The Aztecs are currently sitting around eighth in Division IV. If the Aztecs lose, they will have to justify their spot but should get in.
Montgomery’s Jaheem Wiliams had his breakout party last week against San Ysidro rushing for 146 yards and three touchdowns on only five carries. The offense will continue to rely on the athleticism of Samson You on the outside and Xavier Brown in the backfield.
Jovan Young is the bright spot on offense for Southwest as he leads the team in both rushing (735 yards) and receiving (290).
Please be sure to catch the highlights on KUSI’s Prep Pigskin Report at 11 p.m.