Imperial Tigers 25, West Hills Wolfpack 0
The seventh seed Imperial Tigers (7-4) blanked the tenth seed West Hills Wolfpack (8-3) 25-0 in the first round of the CIF San Diego Section Division 3 playoffs.
The matchup got off to a slow start with the only score of the first half being a 47 yard field goal by Santiago De La Torre in the first quarter.
Imperial came out strong in the second half, shifting the momentum fully in their direction with a 94 yard kickoff return touchdown by Ryan Bonillas on the first play of the third quarter.
De La Torre would show off his arm with a touchdown pass to Joey Ramos which stretched the Tiger lead to 18-0. Later, De La Torre would grab a West Hills pass out of the air for an interception, and set up the Tigers with excellent field position.
Imperial’s Nathan Hart would take the first play of the ensuing offensive series 30 yards to the house for another Imperial touchdown, and the final score of the night.
Imperial will head just down the road to face the second seeded Central Centurions next week, while the Wolfpack travel home to Santee to prepare for next season.
PREVIEW: The West Hills Wolfpack (8-2) will travel east to face the Imperial Tigers (6-4) for the first round of the CIF San Diego Section Division 3 playoffs.
West Hills finished second in their Grossmont Valley League after losing 35-0 in their league championship matchup against Monte Vista last week. This week, the tenth seeded Wolfpack looks to turn things around as they bring their triple option offense to Imperial, hunting for a win.
The Tigers are the seven seed in this year’s San Diego Section Division 3 playoffs, after finishing third in the Imperial Valley League. They finished their season on a two game win streak, with a 49-7 victory over Southwest El Centro and a 61-0 victory over Palo Verde Valley.
In their shutout win over Palo Verde Valley, Imperial rushed 17 times for 230 yards and three touchdowns, while their senior quarterback, Santiago De La Torre, went 10/15 for 94 yards and three touchdowns.
While De La Torre threw for three touchdowns, another Tiger surpassed him in scoring. Junior receiver Joey Ramos had four total touchdowns against Palo Verde Valley; one rushing, two receiving, and one on an 86 yard kickoff return.
The Tigers will attempt to use these play-makers to get a home win against the hungry Wolfpack, who are looking for redemption from their league championship loss. A loss now means the end of the road, and the beginning of the off-season. Friday’s winner will move on to face the second seed Central Spartans.
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