Sunday, November 9, 2008

Hueneme Freshman Game

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Rio Mesa (7-1, 3-0 PVL)
at Hueneme (0-8, 0-3 PVL)

First, let's get the pronunciation correct,
Hueneme is said thusly in English: "Y-NEE-MEE".

This was a tough game to prepare for as it doesn't take too much for even our Freshmen to figure out that this was a game we SHOULD win comfortably. We spent the week working on a heavy dose of "Football 101 Fundamentals".  It seemed to work as we took care of business quickly once the game started.

Our coaching staff approached the game with three goals in mind:
1. Win
2. Avoid injuries
3. Do NOTHING to embarrass the 25 or so Hueneme players and their coaches who are working hard but are just plain outmanned this season.

We did win by a final score of 31-0 which was also the half time score.
Goal #1 accomplished!

No one was injured in any way.
Goal #2 accomplished!

As for our final Goal, our starting tailback had 3 carries for 67 yards and 2 TDs, our starting fullback had 1 carry for 30 yards and our starting QB was 1 for 2 passing for 14 yards and 1 TD. After these first 6 offensive plays of the first quarter, with the Spartans leading 25-0 (we scored once on defense), the starters were all benched for the rest of the game.

Much of the first half was played with a semi-running clock, the second half was played with a full on running clock and the game was called with about 4 minutes left in the 4th quarter due to darkness when the lights at Hueneme would not come on due to a power outage.

We started benching all of our starters late in the 1st quarter as eventually ten different backs carried the ball and 27 different players were in on at least one tackle.
Goal #3 (hopefully) accomplished!

Tanner Wrout on his only carry of the game,
a 30 yard gain.

Jaylen Stewart turning the corner.

This was Jaylen's first game back after missing our last four games. He had 3 carries for 67 yards and 2 TDs. He also intercepted a pass that he returned for an apparent TD that was called back due to a block in the back. He did all of this playing in only the first quarter.

Darren Gales

Darren got to carry the ball 3 times, all in the 2nd quarter, gained 43 yards and scored our final TD of the game.

Tanner Wrout

Here is Tanner after catching his only pass that turned into a 14 yard TD. He also returned an interception 29 yards for a TD to close out the 1st quarter with the Spartans leading 25-0.

Zach Saldana and Ben Dixon pressuring the Viking's QB.

Good Swarm

Ben Quantock on the tackle with #68 Frankie Rodriguez there to help.

Ben Dixon sacking the Hueneme QB
for a 10 yards loss.

Ben was our Player-of-the-Game, recording a team high 6 tackles.

Winning keeps our Fan Base happy!

Playing EVERY player who has suited out in EVERY game either through the non-scoring 5th Quarter (5 games) or via a blowout (3 games), except for last week's Oxnard game when they refused to play a 5th Quarter, keeps the Fan Base and the players even happier!

Josiah Guerrero

The eyes of a cunning assassin if I've ever seen one!

A fun little story, one of our players, who usually is a 5th quarter player, asked if the Tigers scored after the 1st quarter bench clearing, would the TD count? It would indeed!

Tiger Pride

Our Scout or "Tiger" team defense has done a GREAT job all season preparing our offense for our games. I was very proud that they were able to play well enough to stop Hueneme from scoring when Falcon (SS) Markus Raigoza made an interception in the end zone on the Viking's last offensive play of the 3rd quarter.

CB #8 Tyler Hill

He is ALWAYS on Tigers during practice and had a nice hit Thursday.

The Tigers executing a Pursuit Drill to perfection!

Our defense gave up only 83 yards on Hueneme's 28 plays in shutting out the Vikings. We also pilfered 3 passes and returned one for a TD.

Offensively we totaled 212 yards on 23 plays and scored 4 TDs..

With the win, we improved to 8-1, 4-0 in the Pacific View League. This victory set up a great Pacific View League championship showdown next Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. at Rio Mesa when we close out the season playing our crosstown rivals, the Camarillo Scorpions who are also 8-1, 4-0 in the PVL!

Camarillo has a very high scoring offense and plays very tough defense. With the PVL title on the line it should be a VERY exciting evening for the entire Rio Mesa and Camarillo communities!!!

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