9/18/2012 5:00:00 PM Jackets roll over San Luis Sidewinders
Randy Peterson Palo Verde Valley Times
BLYTHE - The Palo Verde High School Yellow Jacket football team recorded its second win of the season as they rolled to a 55-6 triumph over the San Luis Sidewinders at Scott Stadium Friday night. The locals racked up 23 points in the opening period and never looked back in claiming the victory.
"A win is a win, I guess," said Jacket football coach, George Dagnino. "They just weren't a very good football team."
KJ Bryant scored the Jackets' first touchdown with a 2-yard run midway through the opening period and added two more scores on runs of five and 16 yards before the two teams went to the intermission with Palo Verde holding a 31-6 advantage.
Landon Bishoff returned a punt 25 yards for a touchdown and caught a 2-point conversion pass from Jacket quarterback, Ryan Galvan while Jacket kicker Felix Ruiz was good on a 25-yard field goal and good on two of three PAT attempts in the first half.
The Sidewinders slowed the Jacket offense considerably in the second quarter when they consumed almost 10 minutes of game clock with a 75-yard, 17-play drive that culminated in a touchdown, their first of the season.
Andres Cardenas set up the final Jacket score of the half when he returned the San Luis' kickoff to the Sidewinder two yard line where a Jacket penalty set up Bryant's final TD run of the night.
The Yellow Jackets enjoyed great field position in the first two quarters as their guests turned over the ball inside their own 10-yard line three times in the first half to help the Jackets to their early lead.
Palo Verde opened the second half by taking just three plays to put another touchdown on the board. Josh Messerli hauled in an 8-yard pass from Galvan and then the duo combined on a 5-yard scoring toss later in the period. The two scoring passes sandwiched a 35-yard field goal from Ruiz as Palo Verde led 48-6 heading into the final period.
The Jackets closed out the game's scoring late in the fourth quarter when Chris Navarro set up the touchdown with a 35-yard scamper and followed that with a 10-yard scoring jaunt.
"On the positive side, we were able to get a look at everyone in a competitive situation," Dagnino said. "Some guys looked good while others just played to their competition."
Offensively, Galvan finished the night with 83 yards passing while connecting on seven of 15 throws. The Jackets rushed for 183 yards led by Bryant's 80 yards on nine carries while Navarro had 61 yards on five totes. Robert Angulo gained 18 yards on three carries while Cardenas was good for 11 yards on his two carries.
Bishoff was Palo Verde's top receiver on the night with three catches for 52 yards while Messerli gained 13 yards on his two touchdown catches. Roy Reid and Cody Holladay each had one reception for 17 and one yard respectively.
On the defensive side of the ball, Ivan Aguayo led the way with seven solo stops, three assists, and a recovered fumble while Majerle Salazar recorded a pair of sacks, forced a fumble, recovered another, and was in on four tackles.
Chris Shoemate was credited with a sack, six solo stops, and two assists while Vederi Atiyota had five solos and a sack. Messerli had six tackles including four solos and Reid was in on five stops and recovered a fumble. Gage Wright had three solos and three assists and Angulo had the other fumble recovery.
"There are no more cakewalks on our schedule," said Dagnino. "We need to continue to get better in practice and execute in games if we're going to win any more."
The Jackets will hit the road for the first time this season on Friday when they travel to Hemet West Valley for a contest with the Mustangs. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.