The Palo Verde High School (PVHS) Yellow Jackets (5-4) varsity football squad had a tall order Oct. 25, as the visiting El Centro, Calif.,-based Central Spartans (7-2) took charge early and never let up in the evening’s 43-7 loss for the home team.
The Jackets’ loss comes on the heels of a shutout win at Calexico on Oct. 18, and a 38-7 loss in Brawley on Oct. 11.
Behind the solid playmaking of standout Spartans quarterback Deniro Osuna (11) and junior wide receiver Fernando Morales (8), the visiting team first found the endzone at the 4:55 mark of the opening quarter.
The second quarter began with Osuna commanding the Spartan offense down the field and finding Morales a second time for another six points, with a successful extra point at 10:27 to push the score to 14-0.
Jackets’ freshman running back Markus Macon (2) found some success and rushed into the endzone with 5:15 left in the first half.
Osuna and Spartans coach David Pena did not take long to respond, scoring two back-to-back possession rushing touchdowns at 3:26 and 1:33 respectively, with a successful extra point and two-point conversion, to close the first half with a 29-7 lead at halftime.
With some key player injuries – notably freshman running back Xavier Gonzales-Piñon (21), sophomore offensive/defensive lineman Jeffery Phipps (88), and senior wide receiver Alejandro Lee (6) – the Jackets continued to struggle finding the endzone in the second half.
The Spartans scored two more touchdowns in the third, with the final box score in favor of the visiting team, 43-7.
Next up for the Jackets is an away game at the Imperial, Calif.,-based Tigers’ turf on Friday, Nov. 1.