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11/27/2013 8:05:00 AM
Crawford brings Jacket season to an end
The Crawford High School Colts brought the Palo Verde High School Yellow Jacket football season to a close with a 29-3 victory at San Diego High School Friday night.
The Crawford High School Colts brought the Palo Verde High School Yellow Jacket football season to a close with a 29-3 victory at San Diego High School Friday night.
Randy Peterson
Palo Verde Valley Times

The Crawford High School Colts brought the Palo Verde High School Yellow Jacket football season to a close with a 29-3 victory at San Diego High School Friday night.

The number one seed Colts showed why they were unbeaten on the campaign and ranked at the top of Division 5 rankings all season as the team's solid running game, a stingy defense, and a 4-1 edge in turnovers proved to be too much for the Yellow Jackets in this CIF semifinal contest.

The Colts face Holtville, 27-22 winners over Mountain Empire Friday night at Mesa Junior College in the Division 5 finale.

Injuries also plagued the Jackets as backup quarterback Logan Whiting went down with a hand injury on Palo Verde's second offensive series after completing what proved to be Palo Verde's longest offensive play of the night with a 34-yard completion to Brandon Scott.

Scott wasn't far behind as he left play with an injured leg later in the first half.

The Colts' solid, consistent rushing attack put points on the board on the team's first offensive possession as they used a seven-play, 51-yard touchdown drive to take an early 7-0 advantage midway through the opening quarter.

The Jackets responded with an eight-play drive that saw Jacket kicker, Felix Ruiz, connect on a 24-yard field goal to cut the margin to 7-3.

The Jacket defense held on the following Colt possession but the first of the four Palo Verde turnovers ended the possession.

Crawford then ran off the remaining minutes of the first quarter and almost half the time in the second stanza to score their second touchdown and convert a two-point conversion to take a 15-3 advantage. The 16-play drive consumed over eight minutes of the game clock.

The Jackets saw a good chance to get back into the contest slip away just before the intermission when Nick George recovered a Colt fumble in Crawford territory.

A 24-yard run by Marquis Bowen had the Jackets inside the Colt five-yard line but a Jacket fumble ended the threat.

Crawford scored on their first two possessions of the second half on drives of 67 and 53 yards to run the score to the final of 29-3.

For the most part the Jacket defense played much better in the second half but the damage was done and the offense failed to score after the intermission picking up just one first down in the second half.

The Jackets suffered season lows in offensive plays, total offense and passing offense in the contest while the defense spent nearly three quarters of the game on the field.

Jordan Velarde suffered three sacks but still was Palo Verde's leading rusher with 29 yards while Bowen and Markel Noble finished in double figures with 23 and 13 yards respectively.

Five different Jackets caught a pass with Scott's grab the longest but the Jacket passing attack netted just 41 yards on the night while suffering three interceptions.

On defense, George also finished the night as Palo Verde's leading tackler as he was credited with 15 tackles including two for losses while the Jackets' leading tackler on the season, Ivan Aguayo, was also in double figures with 12 tackles including a pair for losses.

Treshaun Edmond was good for seven stops while Gage Wright assisted on five tackles and had two solo stops.

Jacket coaches were impressed and grateful with the turnout of the Jacket faithful at the game as Palo Verde actually had a larger contingent in the stands than did the Colts.

Other games of Southeastern Conference interest saw Imperial rally from a 35-21 halftime deficit to claim a 49-42 victory over El Capitan and advance in the Division 2 bracket and a game against St Augustine while Central dispatched Southwest 41-0 in El Centro to move to the Division 4 semifinals against Sweetwater.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, December 7, 2013
Article comment by: keep it Real

With all do respect to teachers. There is no teachers that want to coach or the AD wouldn't have to coach everything! Plus you don't have any teachers that can coach even if they wanted too! No skills! I get what your saying about a degree, but, we always had former alumni coaching sports! AD I am glad your not coaching basketball I know you might have other important thing in your life right NOW!!

Posted: Friday, December 6, 2013
Article comment by: Who are you kidding

Did you not read the last message I said that if no teacher wants the job than people from the public get to apply for job. So no teachers must of applied for the basketball job. My point is that you can't hate on people who go to college and get a degree to become a teacher so they can coach sports. If all these great people that have been mentioned before had a teaching degree than maybe they would get a fair shake until than stop whinning about who the coach is and just be supportive!

Posted: Friday, December 6, 2013
Article comment by: Who R U kidding!

Who r kidding!!!! you don't have to have a degree to coach at PV. You had about four or five coaches without a degree coaching football. Right now you have to head basketball coaches with no degrees. So quit acting like PV is following the rules. Teacher don't make enough money for what they do I will give you that!!

Posted: Friday, December 6, 2013
Article comment by: People want to coach in blythe

Get a Degree and become a teacher if you want to coach! Nobody chose your career for you. Teachers get offered the job first than it goes to the public if no teachers want the job. Enough said!

Posted: Friday, December 6, 2013
Article comment by: People from Blythe want to coach

There has been discussion about a new JV coach for next year from Blythe. We not only need a new JV coach, we need a new varsity coach. C'mon AD give that JV coach the varsity job and do your job as AD. The bottom line is be an AD or coach! AD/Coaches do not exist anymore! Move forward you had your chance! School Leader/ Board look into this!

Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013
Article comment by: Send letters

Sending letters to School Board. You parents/fans unhappy with the football program need to send letters go to Board meetings. The Ad/Coach cant handle both it should be one or the other. Put pressure on School Board. Remember they should be working to make it better for our kids it is there job that's why they were voted in to make the right decisions that's important to our youth.

Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Article comment by: One Word about our program!


Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Article comment by: Keep your blinders on folks.

I believe PV High School Football players deserve more! So all of you with blinders on just remember competition is good!It seems that our Head Coach/Ad is just trying to stay in the game. A good Coach should know when there time is up and its really sad when our School Board cant see it or should I say ignore it. We can complain till our heads turn unless our leaders make some important decisions well were stuck. When you don't have competition it leaves you in one place last.... Coach in your eyes it might be first but some of us PV Alumnifans expect more. What were doing now is unacceptable! Kids deserve more.

Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Article comment by: Keeping it Real about PV football

Another thing why can't we have a good program?

Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Article comment by: Keeping it Real about PV football

You just said it Holtville has a program! We don't! It's starts off in pop warner learning the fundamentals and by the time they get to high school they should be ready to go. But r coaches don't have anything to do with pop warner or even go see the games to see what talent is coming up. It start from the bottom up. We lost 19 seniors this year and no talent coming up. We r in trouble next year! The league may be down but we will be down more! you can say all you want that the coaches r doing their job! But the results don't lie! If we had played Southwest towards the end of the season they would have be us. They got better. 1 league victory in 2 years spells for new leadership. We wants what best for the kids and change would be the best! Heck, I know several that are interested in taking over the program but as long as the AD/Coach has the job he will not let it go. He has to be the one to swallow his pride and step down and just be the AD. PERIOD!!!!! And one more thing the previous blog sounds like a coach!!!!!!!!!

Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Article comment by: PV ALUMNI

Holtville has a great program with good coaches and great players. Just like every team they will not be good in the next few years. High school sports runs in cycles for a couple of years you have a team that can make a run and than you have to rebuild. To say that the coaching staff is horrible that is an understatment. When I look at the coaches I see former players of palo verde high school with a couple of them having college backgrounds. I would say that they are more than qualified to be able to coach High School Football. What everybody fails to remember it is HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL NOT COLLEGE! In my book to be qualified to coach high school football you just need to play the game and pass on knowledge from a high school perspective. Good job players and coaches on a great season. I can see the yellow jackets winning a CIF title in the near future. They are finally playing teams the same size or little smaller. For years they have been playing teams double thier size. Good Luck next season go get em!

Posted: Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Article comment by: Former PV Player with PV Pride

D-5 champions! Really Holtville! Since when does Holtville beat Blythe! Insult, we r going in the wrong direction! School Officials help!!

Posted: Monday, December 2, 2013
Article comment by: New Leadership

@Sanchez u can say what u want about D-5 not being weak. Do your research FIRST! look at the schools population and schools barely have a football roster,and some schools played 8-man football before. CIF came up with this idea, I agree. But it was the AD/Coach that wanted to go in this direction. Because he though he could win it all. But it backfired! You can't throw every play you must run to set up the pass. Coach Ramsey would not allow or agree with this! But if u want to win a championship playing these schools every year and feel r kids accomplished something then so be it! PVHS football is better then that. We need a change in Leadership. Every school does it except for PV.

Posted: Monday, December 2, 2013
Article comment by: rafael sanchez

The CIF D - 5 is not a NOT weak division. It's insult to the jacket players and their fans and all the other school that are "ranked" in D - 5. The San Diego CIF came up with this format. Today the finals are being played. Teams that would NEVER have it to made it to the finals ..... are now in the finals Being critical and negative towards our youth never produces a positive outcome. Have faith....... PVHS can look into a new horizon to bring home a CIF Championship soon.

Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Article comment by: Vote for New Leadership(PV Football)

I agree with the last article. We need new leadership along with new assistance. We had no game plan, we failed in the running and passing game. We should have won the title in division -5. Boy was it weak! QB's thrown 13 interceptions and passing rate under 50 %. Wow, why don't we run first to set up the pass or even some plan action plays. This is sad for our young men to have to go threw this every year and be let down because our leadership cannot make the right decisions! I agree new LEADERSHIP!!!!!!!!

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