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Matadors and Braves on the Wrong Side of the Scoreboard





SPRING VALLEY – The last time these two teams met the Matadors defeated the Tigers down in the desert last season 20-14. However this season was turnabout is fair play as the Tigers dominated from the get go in the convincing victory.

Imperial would get on the board first as Nathan Hart would find his way into the end zone for a short touchdown to make it 7-0. However shortly after the Matadors would score as Jacob Laverdiere was able to find Jadd Mallard for a long touchdown pass to make it 7-6.

Trailing the Matadors in the second quarter looked like they would take things into their own hands but an ill advised pass by Laverdiere was picked off by Preston Robert of Imperial. They would add another score to go up 30-13.

Despite the big night passing by Laverdiere who threw for 371 yards and 3 touchdowns, it just wasn’t enough as the Tigers manhandled the Matadors on the offensive side of the ball. Also contributing for the Matadors was Erik Graham who had 2 touchdowns.



CHULA VISTA – In front of a big homecoming crowd estimated to be at almost 3,000 people the Red Devils were able to send the crowd home happy with the big win which was procured from almost the start.

The Red Devils welcomed back two-way player Jose Urenda who plays both running back and defensive end and despite missing the first four games due to being ineligible he showed no signs of rust as he was able to find the end zone a couple of times in the first half. His running mate Luciano Estopier wowed the crowd with runs of 70 and 40 yards to the house in the third quarter.

However, the biggest cheers from the huge crowd came when Julian Torres fielded a Braves punt at his own 10-yard line and would dart his way through the El Cajon Valley special teams all the way to the end zone for the 90-yard score.

During the game, several El Cajon Valley players were injured and had to leave the game. This prompted head coach Nick Osborne to remove his team from the field with just over 9 minutes remaining in the contest due to his concern over safety for his players after only starting with 21 players.

With the game called the Red Devils would get their first win of the season (1-4) while the Braves would remain winless (0-5).

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