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9/18/2013 6:00:00 AM
Jacket football falls in tough one, 35-31
The Jackets went head-to-head against Shadow Hills Friday night losing 35-31. The Jacketsí next contest is a week from Friday against Desert Hot Springs at Scott Stadium.Photo special to the Times/KATHY CUSICK
The Jackets went head-to-head against Shadow Hills Friday night losing 35-31. The Jacketsí next contest is a week from Friday against Desert Hot Springs at Scott Stadium.

Photo special to the Times/KATHY CUSICK
Randy Peterson
Palo Verde Valley Times

BLYTHE - Despite a school-record performance from receiver, Damian Ramirez, the Palo Verde High School Yellow Jacket football team suffered its first loss of the season at Shadow Hills Friday night in a close 35-31 contest.

"We played well for the most part," said Jacket football coach, George Dagnino.

"Offensively, we can score but we weren't able to execute when we needed it most."

Ramirez did his part for the locals as he hauled in 11 passes for the night for 292 yards and four touchdowns. It was his second four-touchdown game in as many starts and the yardage broke a Yellow Jacket record set three years ago by Anthony Teniente in a CIF playoff game at La Jolla.

Palo Verde trailed most of the night as the two squads alternated scores through most of the game. Unfortunately for the Jackets, the Knights scored first and last as they put the winning touchdown on the board midway through the final period.

Palo Verde had two more possessions but came up empty as the Jacket passing attack misfired on its final six pass attempts after completing 16 of its first 28 passes on the night. The Jackets' only lead came just two minutes into the final period when Ramirez hauled in his fourth TD pass on an eight-yard throw from

Jordan Velarde. The successful PAT kick put the Jackets up 31-28. The Knights responded with a ten-play, 80-yard touchdown drive, all on rushing plays over the next four minutes, to complete the game's scoring.

Coach Dagnino hoped for offensive balance but the Jackets had trouble moving the ball on the ground.

"We had hoped our rushing attack would have been more effective," said Dagnino. "And we still need to cut down our mental mistakes."

The Jackets had only 16 rushing plays and a good portion of those were passing plays that saw Velarde scramble in a passing situation.

Velarde had eight of the Jacket rushing attempts duing the night and netted only 13 of the Jackets' 30 yards on the ground.

Ramirez started his night with a 22-yard catch on the first Palo Verde possession, a drive that stalled after 11 plays midway through the initial quarter.

Afer the first Knight score, it took just one pass and run for the senior wide out to cover 73 yards and get the Jackets even at 7-7.

Ramirez tacked on two more receiving touchdowns on plays of 68 and 18 yards for the night while Felix Ruiz scored six points on three successful PAT kicks and a 30-yard field goal.

Guytan had three receptions in the game, including a 64-yard reception that set up the Ruiz' field goal along with the two-point conversion.

Richard Henderson's one catch was good for 21 yards as the Jacket quarterbacks combined for 11 completions of double-digit yardage.

Coach Dagnino continues to rotate his quarterbacks and both were moderately successful as Velarde completed 7 of 16 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns while Logan Whiting was good on 9 of 18 throws for 194 yards and two scores. No one has intercepted them over the course of the two games. Marquis Bowen gained 16 yards on three rushes and caught a pass for another 14 yards while the rest of the Jacket rushers netted only one yard.

The Jackets had a two-to-one advantage in the turnover department as Treshaun Edmond picked off a Knight pass for his third interception of the season while Roy Reid had his initial pick of the campaign.

That duo along with Ivan Aguayo paced the Jacket defense as Aguayo won credit for 11 solo stops including two for losses as well as three assists. Reid was in on ten stops including five solos.

Edmond had six solo tackles and assisted on three others.

"We had a great turnout for a road game," Dagnino said. "It's always good to have support in the stands."

The Jackets are in their by week and will take on Desert Hot Springs a week from Thursday, Sept. 26 at Scott Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.




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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Article comment by: PV Stand out

Go jackets! We should beat Desert Hot Springs they have not won a game yet!! 0-3. And we should beat Indio they r 0-3. Padded schedule so far. We let one get away at Shadow Hills. Be careful Damian we need you for Brawley, Imperial, and Calexico. Hopefully they would let no more games slip away.

Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Article comment by: Imperial Valley

Good job Damian!! You r making your QB's look good, most of those completion have been on bubble screens.But it's working so far. Stay healthy Damian the team goes as far as you take them. Teams r going to start trying to shut you down or take you out of the offense. We will see what (deleted) does when that happens since there is no running game. Defense needs to improve against the run. Has been that way for years. We should beat Indio,DHS,and Holtville they have nothing. The true test will come against Calexico, ElCentro, Brawley,and of course Imperial who have been destroying everyone. Southwest is weak like the Division 5. (deleted) choose a QB, receivers like to get on the same page like Damian

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Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Article comment by: bob shupe

a lot to be proud of, in our Jackets. Some stellar play by our QB's and wide receivers Proud of Defense too.



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