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10/3/2013 10:00:00 AM
Big second quarter for Jacket football buries Rajahs
Photo special to the Times/KATHY CUSICKJackets defense held the Indio Rajahs to one touchdown during Tuesday night’s contest.
Photo special to the Times/KATHY CUSICK

Jackets defense held the Indio Rajahs to one touchdown during Tuesday night’s contest.
Randy Peterson
Palo Verde Valley Times

BLYTHE - Doing most of their damage in a five-minute stretch of the second quarter, the Palo Verde High School Yellow Jacket football team cruised past the Indio Rajahs 42-7 Tuesday evening at Scott Stadium.

"We scored on special teams and defensively and that's always a bonus," said Jacket football coach, George Dagnino.

Senior receiver, Damian Ramirez, had another big night offensively to spark the Jackets as he started the night's festivities by returning the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown.

Mistakes and penalties bogged down the Jacket offense on their other two possessions of the first quarter and after the Rajahs punted to open the second quarter, Ramirez took a 16-yard pass from Jordan Velarde to complete a nine-play, 80-yard drive for the second Jacket TD with 9:30 to play in the period.

Three running plays that covered 48 yards from running back Markel Noble and a 15-yard completion off a deflection to Cody Holladay set up the score.

Over the game's next five minutes, the Jackets took advantage of a couple of Rajah turnovers and another defensive stop to put three more touchdowns on the scoreboard to take a 35-0 advantage.

Treshaun Edmond picked off an errant pass on the first play of the ensuing possession and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown. It was Edmond's fourth pick of the season and the second he has returned for a score.

After an Indio fumble on the first play of the next possession recovered by Jonathan Bequer, the Jackets went 40 yards on four plays for the next score, a one-yard plunge by Marquis Bowen. Bowen had set up the TD with a 29-yard scamper.

The Yellow Jackets completed the barrage at the 4:34 mark of the period when Ramirez turned a flare pass from Velarde into a 60-yard scoring play.

"We had pretty good balance on offense and a lot of guys got to touch the ball." Dagnino said.

The only Palo Verde score of the second half came midway through the third period when Velarde found Noble with a 12-yard scoring toss that completed a three-play, 63-yard scoring drive.

Jacket kicker, Felix Ruiz, did his part with a perfect five-for-five in the conversion department.

The Rajahs found some success with their running attack in the second half and managed to eat up most of the clock in the third period before scoring their lone TD of the night early in the fourth stanza.

The Jackets ran only 10 plays in the second half as mercy time ran out the final period.

Velarde finished the night with 173 yards and three touchdowns while connecting on eight of his 11 throws along with rushing for 20 yards on three carries.

Logan Whiting connected on two of his six throws for 60 yards for the game.

Bowen carried the ball seven times for 74 yards and Noble finished with a net 44 yards on his four carries.

Ramirez caught five passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns while Edmond had two receptions for 15 yards. Chris Navarro had one catch for 36 yards.

Ivan Aguayo had another monster defensive night with 12 solo tackles, including one for a loss, along with assisting on four other stops.

Rafael Adame picked up his second interception of the season and had four tackles while Roy Reid and Syrus Garcia each were credited with six stops.

Including assists, Nick George and Kyle Martin, were in on five stops apiece.

"Overall it was a pretty good effort," Dagnino said. "We just need to continue to improve as a team."

The Jackets will complete their non-league contests tonight when they travel to Holtville for a showdown with the Vikings.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013
Article comment by: wow wow

Let me tell you what to win a division in the san diego section is a great accomplishment. And for the person who keeps saying that they are from imperial why do they keep saying WE are going to lose when they talk about Palo Verde. Just admit you are hater from blythe that went to PV high!

Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013
Article comment by: PV Parent

To PV Alumni: You are hating, listen to yourself. “Competition” is good when it is healthy and a learning experience for our boys to help teach them how to win or lose with pride and to build character they can apply in life. Your illustration of competition is hatred, its jealousy, and mental abusing for the AD, the school, the players, and TRUE ALUMNI. But I think you already know that. Please don’t call yourself alumni or pose to be a Yellow Jacket. You are neither. Times change and we have to change with those times too- good or bad. I played too, when we were in the DVL and got whipped because Indio, El Centro, Calexico, and Brawley were big schools. Times have changed, and now it is only Brawley (maybe Calexico I hear) that is competitive. I keep hearing how good Holtville and Imperial are today…Well, we spanked them when we played them in preseason back in the day. Now they are strong- good for them. No matter what the AD or anyone does, people like you will never be happy. When our team almost won in San Diego about 6-7 years ago, people were saying they would not have done so well had they not moved down in the division from DVL. One last thing, #11 is an awesome athlete and heck of a kid. However, he has two quarterbacks that can throw to him (regardless whether it’s a bomb or screen), an O-line that makes this happen, and running backs that help create a throwing situation. In all, there are about 45 kids that make #11 very successful. I know that he knows that, too bad you don’t! Also, our defense does pretty darn well for being so small. Every day our kids work hard to get better to represent themselves, their school, and OUR town when they put on that jersey. It’s time you acted like a true alumni and did the same…Good luck to you and our team when they travel to Holtville today. We are proud of you no matter what. I won’t give you any more of my time, so consider yourself special. Later.

Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013
Article comment by: i am pv alumni

wasn't done talking, some other things i wanted to mention, Indio at one time was a powerhouse team, yeah they are having a down year,that we have no control over, getting a game with Indio, desert hot springs and shadow hills all having down years, no control over, however, we have the control and power to get our kids to stay in school and represent the football team or any school organization with zeal, and keep our mouths shut and try and be a little more humble.

Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013
Article comment by: i am pv alumni @pv alumni

talk is cheap, this coach is out there trying everyday to do the best job he can, he is the only coach to ever take a team to a championship game (d-4), the coach & whole 1972 team was honored last year at homecoming, this coach has already accomplished more than all past staff put together probably, he shouldn't have to prove himself to any of us, what you or any of us should do is give this man an applause for all that he has done, to coach football is no joke dude, i coached at elementary level (very difficult job), Coach, i tip my hat to you sir., and thank you for all that you do.

Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013
Article comment by: PV Alumni

To all nobody is hating just stating the facts competition is good and it get your team better and you really find out what you got! I give imperial as an example because same enrollment they play everyone does matter. Our AD makes the schedule and is the coach. If you think he cares about your kid just wait and see and you in time will agree. He made this schedule because he had no confidence in what he was going to have this year. So my point is these kids that r on cloud 9 right know just wait and see when we play Imperial, Calexico, and Brawley out of town these kids will lose there confidence and be second guessing themself come playoffs. We will lose some kids to injuries during that span. If we lose Damian r season is done. But D-5 is so weak we might get bye. AD don't be happy with a D-5 title mean nothing, again we and you should have more PV pride than that or is it just to get you off the hot seat.

Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Article comment by: PV Parent

@ lol lol- you hit the nail on the head. The person who keeps blogging negative stuff about our team is a former player and has a grudge because of a bad experience. Stop hating on the AD and our football team. Your time has come and gone. Let these young men have their moment. Stop stealing their thunder with your negativity. Who CARES what division we are in. It is what it is...Support our boys and support our school. You blog like you care but all I read is jealousy, hatred, (deleted)--perhaps you are mad because you didn't receive your football varsity letter. You can have one of mine. I probably started over your sorry (deleted). Get a life. Go Jackets and we are proud of each one of you!

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Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Article comment by: lol lol

Wow your not from Blythe but you are talking to his parents! MMMM quit being a hater bottom line support your Alumni.

Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Article comment by: Disgruntle parent

lol another tough team 0-5. Another good team Holtville getting tired of these sorry schools. I know one parent isn't happy about there son rotating in and out. They said put him at tight end instead on not playing him.


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