Turnovers and miscues fuel 53-0 West Oso victory

Nicole D. Perez, Managing Editor

SAN DIEGO Vaqueros found themselves on the losing side of a 53-0 battle against the West Oso Bears Friday night, but the Vaqueros may have been their own worst opponent.

Coach Tom Carrera said after the game the team dug itself into a hole it couldn't climb out of.

"We couldn't recover from our mistakes," he said. "We strive to be perfect but haven't gotten to that stage yet."

The Vaqueros elected to receive first only to have to punt after the first series failed to gain them a first down. The Bears blocked the Vaqueros' punt and the ball was downed at the 1-yard line.

It was a play indicative of the evening, with the Vaqueros falling victim to miscues and turnovers.

The TD soon followed for the Bears by Joseph Cavazos. The point after by Jesus Castillo was good, giving the Bears a 7-0 lead with 8:34 remaining in the first quarter.

Oso opened up the second quarter with a touchdown on a series that began at its own 29-yard line. Andrew Leon found the endzone on a 20-yard pass from QB P.J. Lopez. The point after was good, giving the Bears a 14-0 lead with 8:48 remaining in the second quarter.

The Vaqueros were stopped on their next series, but Luis Rodriguez picked off Bear's QB Lopez, giving the Vaqueros the ball on their own 45-yard line.

On second and four on the Bears' 48, San Diego fumbled the ball only to have Oso's Ralph Campos recover it for a TD with 2:52 left in the first half.

San Diego's Javier Maldonado saw a huge run back for the Vaqueros giving them the ball on the Bear's 38-yard line. But that burst was short-lived as Vaquero QB Ramon Maldonado was intercepted by Markeith Smith for the Bears.

The half ended on a quarterback sack for S.D.'s Rodriguez with Bears then up 21-0.

The Bears picked up where they left off in the first half to start the third quarter, with Shedrick Howard scoring on a 36-yard run.

The PAT was good, giving the Bears a 28-0 lead with 10:08 remaining in the third quarter.

The Vaqueros turned the ball over on a fumble by Rogelio Gonzalez, which eventually set up an 11-yard TD run by Oso's Howard. The PAT was no good, making the score 34-0.

The Vaqueros had its fourth turnover of the night on its next series, and Oso's Smith later ran the ball in for the score with 6:07 remaining in the third quarter.

After shutting down the Vaqueros on its next series, the Bears' David Fox scored on a 44-yard run to bring the score to 47-0 after the PAT was blocked by the Vaqueros with 2:30 remaining in the third quarter.

Behind the legs of San Diego's Justin Martinez, the Vaqueros took the ball up the field early in the fourth quarter, only to have a Maldonado pass intercepted at the Bears' 24-yard line.

The Bears ate up the clock, marching the ball down field with QB Lopez running in for the team's final score of the night with 2:32 remaining in the fourth quarter making it 53-0.

Coach Carrera said the team has some work to do before opening district play at home against Zapata next week.

"We're getting better every week, we just can't get all 11 guys to play at the same time," he said, "and come up with a play."

Several Vaqueros were injured in Friday's game, one suffered a dislocated shoulder, another a concussion, one player suffered from dehydration and had to be taken out of the game and two others suffered a strained back and a sprained ankle.

The team had not suffered any injuries prior to Friday's game. The San Diego Junior Varsity defeated the Bears' Junior Varsity 20-0 Thursday night.