SAN DIEGO — It’s not often that a coach points to a loss as the season’s turning point, but that’s the case for the San Diego Vaqueros.

Playing in their finals non-district game of the season against Class 4A Orange Grove, San Diego head coach Bo Ochoa challenged his team to give it their all against the bigger and heavily-favored Orange Grove squad.

Playing at home in Orange Grove, the playoff-tested Bulldogs prevailed, but it wasn’t easy. The determined Vaqueros gave the Bulldogs all their couple handle and even forced two overtime periods.

Despite having two solid chances to steal the win in overtime — once on a missed extra point attempt and later on a touchdown run which was called back on a penalty — Orange Grove won the contest, 33-26.

However, since then, the Vaqueros have been spot-on. San Diego won four-straight, including three District 30-3A games. Moreover, they’ve clinched a playoff bid and have themselves in position to play for the district championship over the next two weeks.

San Diego is facing 30-3A frontrunners Bishop Friday and Lyford next week. Bishop had one loss to Lyford this season, and Lyford is unbeaten, so the next two weeks will decide the district title. San Diego is hosting Bishop p

San Diego Bo Ochoa said since coming up short in a hard-fought battle against Orange Grove, the Vaqueros are playing better.

“We’re playing better each and every game,” Ochoa said. “Were playing better. We’re understanding the terminology, and we’re just getting better.”

San Diego clinched a postseason bid by beating Santa Gertrudis Friday. The Vaqueros got past the Pride, 43-0. Quarterback Ryan Ochoa completed 13 of 20 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns. Ryan Briones had 17 carries for 145 yards and a touchdown.

Ochoa connected with six different receivers, including four who had multiple catches. Abel Casas and Christian Alvarez had four catches each. Casas caught passes for 63 yards, while Alvarez had catches for 55 yards.

The San Diego is ledgy senior captain Rolly Trigo.