For the third time this season, Yuma High played in a game in which one team got shut out.

For the second time, it was the Criminals, as they lost 28-0 at home to Holtville (Calif.).

Yuma High (1-2 overall) — which lost 38-0 to Central (Calif.) in its opener before beating Calipatria 40-0 last week — kept Friday’s game close for over a half, trailing just 7-0 heading into the locker room after two quarters.

But Holtville (3-1) scored twice more in the third quarter to go up 21-0, and then tacked on another touchdown late in the fourth.

Yuma High coach Curt Weber credited his team for battling throughout the night, but noted that the Criminals were just unable to contain Holtville running back Jose Devoux in the second half and that was the difference.

Weber said the Criminals were unable to get much going offensively at all, and it didn’t help that they lost starting running back Erick Cervantes to an injury in the third quarter.

Defensively, Cervantes had an interception as did Jose Diaz.

Yuma High next plays Friday at home against Southwest (Calif.).

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