Fri, Sep 14 2012 02:43 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents
Chula Vista senior quarterback Ricky Estevez has played in three rivalry games against the Sweetwater Red Devils. He improved to 3-0 in those match-ups following last Friday’s 42-14 non-league victory in National City.
Estevez completed eight of nine passing attempts for 195 yards and one touchdown while Jevante Reed rushed 22 times for 187 yards and two scores to lead the Spartans to a 2-0 start to the 2012 season.
“This one means the most,” Estevez said succinctly. “I’ll remember this for the rest of my life.”
There could be many lofty memories turned in by coach Judd Rachow’s team before the season is over.
The Spartans will be out to improve to 3-0 by defeating host Hilltop in the teams’ annual Kiwanis Bowl match-up Friday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m.
The Lancers are 0-2 and have been out-scored 45-0 this season.
Rachow said he is “pleased” with his team’s perfect start out of the chute.
“We’ve continued to win despite our mistakes and turnovers,” the CVHS coach said. “The games from now on are going to get tougher and we’re going to need to clean up our play. We’ve got to finish (teams off) and not let people hang around.”
A 35-0 edge against the Red Devils certainly gave the Spartans some breathing room.
Estevez connected on a 20-yard scoring pass to Richard Walker (three catches, 59 yards) and the visitors tacked on three second-quarter touchdowns to lead 28-0 at halftime.
Reed scored on runs of five and one yard while Hui Wolfgramm added a three-yard rushing score.
Chula Vista controlled the game on the ground with 45 rushes for 254 yards, finishing with game with 549 total offensive yards.
Ray Holden had four pass receptions for 117 yards, though he was held without a touchdown. Carlos Aparicio booted six extra-point conversions.
The Spartans sent in their reserves midway through the third quarter. But after two Sweetwater touchdowns, the starters were back on the field to finish the game.
Back-up QB Kevin Ayers scored on a one-yard run with 1:49 left in the third quarter to make the score 35-0 in favor of the visitors.
Jayvon Reed, Jevante’s younger brother, scored on a one-yard run with 1:48 remaining in the game for Chula Vista’s final points.
Sweetwater’s first touchdown came on a 10-yard pass reception by Sal Nasser with 45 seconds elapsed in the fourth quarter. The PAT was blocked, leaving the score at 35-6.
Cecilio Portillo turned in one of the game’s more remarkable plays when he stripped the CV ball-carrier on a fourth-down and short play and promptly went the other direction with the ball, scoring on a 15-yard fumble return. Nasser converted the two-point conversion to draw the Devils to within 35-14 on the scoreboard.
Sweetwater (0-2) next will next face a host Monte Vista team (1-1) coming off a 33-12 non-league victory against the Bishop’s Knights.
PREP FOOTBALL RANKINGS
Top 10: 1. Helix (2-0), 2. La Costa Canyon (2-0), 3. Oceanside (1-1), 4. Mission Hills (1-1), 5. Poway (1-1), 6. Cathedral Catholic (1-1), 7. Valley Center (2-0), 8. St. Augustine (2-0), 9. Eastlake (1-1), 10. San Pasqual (2-0).
Others: 11. Torrey Pines, 12. El Camino, 13. Chula Vista, 14. Grossmont, 15. Steele Canyon, 16. Vista, 17. Valhalla, 18. Madison, 19. (tie) Christian, West Hills, Olympian, Mira Mesa. Source: SD Sportswriters/Sportscasters poll
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