Local Glance: Prep football, volleyball
The Cibola football team scored 14 unanswered points in the second half against Imperial but it wasn’t enough as the Raiders fell 21-14 on Friday night.
Junior quarterback Lucky Arvizo Jr. threw for 217 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while senior running back Jordan Mitchell rushed for 75 yards in a losing effort.
The Raiders (1-1) allowed touchdown runs of 14 and 20 yards in the first half to the Tigers’ main running back Royce Freeman.
“He’s big and physical and fast. He got away from us a couple times,” Cibola coach Lucky Arvizo Sr. said.
Coming into the second half down 21-0, Cibola cut into the deficit when Arvizo Jr. found Mitchell on a screen and the senior back took it 45 yards for a touchdown with 7:14 left in the third.
The Raiders got within striking distance after Arvizo Jr. connected with sophomore receiver Michael Decorse-Hall for an 11-yard touchdown with 2:41 left in the game.
Cibola got the ball back after Imperial punted with 1:55 left but they couldn’t keep the drive alive, turning the ball over on downs to seal the loss.
El Centro-Central takes care of Kofa
Behind some big plays, the Spartans defeated visiting Kofa 40-7 on Friday night.
The Kings picked up their lone touchdown with around two minutes left to go in the second quarter on a 26-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Michael Torres to senior running back Kwame Blevins in the right corner.
“They had a lot of big plays offensively,” Kofa coach Kevin Moore said about Central.
On the Kings’ opening drive, senior running back Haden Beaty had a 65-yard run but they fumbled it a few plays later.
Shamrocks fall to No. 4 Tempe Prep
Yuma Catholic traveled and lost to No. 4 Tempe Prep 25-8, 25-13, 25-16 on Friday night.
Chelsey Mendenhall led the Shamrocks with 12 kills while Kalaina Barnett had nine. Madison Brazeel led the Shamrocks with 12 assists, and Amanda Milnick added 10 of her own in a losing effort.
“The score didn’t tell the whole story,” Yuma Catholic coach Maris Grasis said. “We battled back and forth and they just made a few more plays.”