Cesar Chavez v. Marcos de Niza

Marcos de Niza played strong defense and rolls to a 21-7 victory over Chavez

Recap

Neither team scored in the opening period but a Joe Morell interception of a Brandon Cluff pass gave Marcos the ball near the 40 yard line and the Padres started a drive that lead into the second quarter.

A 25 yard run by Matt Shahin, a 12 yard Zach Schira to Tevin Newell pass and a run by Ramon Abreu gave Marcos the ball at the one. Abreu punched the ball in and gace Marcos a 7-0 lead that they took into halftime.

Marcos returned the second half kickoff to midfield but never mounted much of a drive. On the punt, Chavez's Junior Waldon blocked it and gave Chavez the ball at the 39 yard line. A penalty and a sack by Dustin Wallace kept the Champions out of the endzone though.

Chavez played tough defense again, forced another punt and blocked it but this time Trae Gossett scooped and scored and tied the game at 7 a piece.

Marcos answered with strong running by Abreu. He marched them down the field and added his second score of the night on a short run. 14-7 after three quarters.

Edwin Traylor intercepted another Cluff pass on the next series and the Padres put the game away when Schira hit wide receiver Justin Rodriguez from 10 yards out.

Final 21-7 Marcos over Chavez.

Bottomline

Chavez was never able to get much going offensively. Their one score came on a blocked punt. Give Marcos' defense credit. They palyed tough and not only harrassed Cluff much of the night, shut down Chavez's running game.

Game Ball

Ramon Abreu from Marcos had a strong night running the ball, scoring twice and getting several key first downs to keep the chains moving.

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