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10/23/2012 5:00:00 PM
Wildcats roll to easy win over Palo Verde
Randy Peterson
Palo Verde Valley Times

A combination of perhaps the most efficient Brawley Wildcat football team in several years and a Palo Verde High School Yellow Jacket squad that has struggled in almost all facets of the game, allowed the guests from down south to roll to a 62-6 triumph over the locals at Scott Stadium on Friday night.

Jacket football coach, George Dagnino, had hoped to speed up the game against the powerful Wildcats with a "wildcat" run offense but Brawley, with a quick core of solid running backs and an impressive group of linemen up front, negated that strategy from the outset and raced to a 35-0 advantage at the intermission.

"They're a polished machine," said Dagnino. "They've got 19 seniors and are every bit as physical as the team that finished second in 2004."

The Jackets managed just three yards of total offense in the first two quarters while the Wildcats scored on all five of their possessions in the first half using drives of 10, nine, eight, and seven plays as well as scoring on the first play of one possession with a 56-yard run, the longest play of the night.

The Wildcats also played the first 24 minutes without a penalty.

The Jackets picked up their offense in the second half as they managed consecutive first downs on their first attempt of the third quarter but fumbled the ball away later in the possession.

The Jacket defense responded as well when they held their guests on the following possession and the Palo Verde offense scored with a quick two-play touchdown drive midway through the third quarter.

"They taught us a lesson in physical football," Dagnino said. "They've got a good chance to go a long way in the playoffs if they get a good draw."

A Ryan Galvan to Destin Cross pass covered 37 yards and KJ Bryant scored on a five-yard touchdown run to put the Jackets on the scoreboard.

Bryant broke off a 50-yard scamper on the next Jacket possession of the third quarter but that drive broke down shortly after the big run.

The Wildcats went on to score touchdowns on nine of their 10 possessions in the contest.

On the night, the Yellow Jackets finished with 147 yards of total offense with Galvan connecting on three of 10 passes for 50 yards while the Palo Verde ground game managed to net 97 yards on 28 rushes.

Bryant finished with 72 yards rushing on 13 carries while Andres Cardenas had 26 yards on three totes. The other four Jacket rushers were on the negative side of the ledger for the night.

The only other pass that gained positive yardage on the night was a 13-yard toss from Galvan to Treshaun Edmond.

The Jacket defense was busy as Roy Reid had 11 solo stops and three assists as well as deflecting a pass, while Alberto Loureiro managed eight tackles including one for a loss. Ivan Aquayo was in on nine stops including six solos and three assists while Gage Wright had four solos and three assists. Landon Bishoff added six stops, including four solos stops, one for a loss.

"We're going to continue to work," Dagnino said. "Calexico is just as physical as Brawley so we're going to have to be ready and prepared if we expect to look good in front of the parents."

The Jacket home stand continues with Parent's Night on Friday when a much improved Calexico team will come to Scott Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012
Article comment by: concerned resident

@Smaller Teams can win, I agree with you. I've watched that movie several times, and I would recommend that the coach get it and have the teams come together and watch this movie. It's an excellent movie for such a time as this.. We had family night and watched it. "Go Jackets"!!

Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012
Article comment by: @Small towns can win!

Im so glad someone else is paying attention! Our kids deserve so much more.(deleted) I hope our School Board reads this and pays attention. We need help NOW!
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Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Article comment by: Smaller Teams Can Win!

The Loss is a direct reflection of the PVHS Coaching Staff. I encourage anyone interested in watching an uplifting football movie to watch "Facing the Giants" there's alot to be learned in many different facets of the game and in the journey.



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