Cibola went to Mesa on Friday and avenged a loss it suffered a year ago by defeating Westwood 27-21 thanks to a last-second stand in the red zone.
Westwood had the ball at the Raiders’ 10-yard line in the final seconds, but Cibola’s Zeke Guerrero — helped by teammates Abraham Flores and Alex Garcia — sacked the Warriors’ quarterback at the 18-yard line. Westwood, which was out of timeouts, false-started on the next snap, and weren’t able to get another play off after that.
“I wouldn’t mind a game that’s a little more relaxing at the end,” joked Cibola coach Steven Fritz, whose team also won on a last-second stand against Imperial (Calif.) back on Aug. 23.
Cibola (3-1 overall) lost 34-26 at home to Westwood a year ago.
“(Friday) was a good win,” Fritz said. “Any time you can come up to Phoenix and beat a school up here, it feels pretty good. The kids are pretty happy with their performance and so am I. We did a good job executing and made some things happen.”
Cibola quarterback Quanah Locklear completed 18 of 26 passes for 233 yards and four touchdowns, while John Beltran rushed 26 times for 132 yards and also had two receptions for 30 yards and two touchdowns.
Liam Hoffmeyer (4 rec., 57 yards, TD) and Jacob Gettings (3 rec., 56 yards, TD) had the other touchdown catches, and Cristian Bonilla (8 rec., 66 yards) was the team’s leading receiver.
Westwood (1-3) scored the game’s first touchdown, but Cibola responded with two scores of its own to take a 14-7 lead into halftime. The Warriors tied it up in the third quarter before the Raiders scored the game’s next two touchdowns to make it 27-14.
Westwood got back within a score and got the ball back in good field position with about 2:30 left, but eventually ran out of time thanks to Guerrero and Co.’s sack.
Cibola next plays Friday at home against Brawley (Calif.).