It’s been a nice spring for the Jags, who displayed their 2010 football outfit Friday night at Cats Stadium with a competitive intra-squad scrimmage to put the finishing touches on a month of workouts.
The Orange went against the White, with the White grinding out a 10-7 victory on a second-half field goal from junior Oscar Calzada. Each squad hit a bomb on the evening and the yardage totals ended up close, 180 for the White and 160 for the Orange. Coach Oscar Salinas expressed satisfaction with the action, especially considering there were no major injuries.
Senior Rey Trevino picked up 45 yards to lead the White while senior Rogelio Ramirez, the placekicker last year, hauled in a 49-yard strike from quarterback Edgar Cuevas which led to the tying score in the second period, a 2-yard pass from Cuevas to Oziel Garza.
The Orange had two nice drives in the first half behind backup Danny Saavedra, a junior who hit Kasey Martinez for a 49-yard gainer. They got on the board first with a 14-play drive on their second possession culminated by a short TD run from junior Hector Gutierrez. The first drive was highlighted by the toss to Martinez, but stout senior Andy Sanchez made a pass defense and a key tackle to turn the Orange away.
Other standouts for the White included linebackers Andrew Garza (seven tackles), soph Michael Cadena (five) and Arnold Alvarado (seven), along with junior safety Jeremy Alvarez, who made six stops.
For the Orange, hard-hitting LB Carlos Carlos led the way with 11 tackles, with end Victor Salinas coming up with seven and tackle Lee Valdez adding six.
The White got a 26-yard run on the reverse from speedy junior Marcus Salinas to start the second half but Aaron Garcia and Prax “Thunder” Bernal contributed pass defenses to stop the drive. The White threatened again after Trevino turned the corner for 19 yards and Salinas gathered in a 16-yard pass. But Victor Salinas came up for two big stops to turn the White away.
The Orange had one last chance late in the fourth with Greg Lara catching two balls, but lanky newcomer Saul Cedillo made the second of his two sacks and Alvarado intercepted a last-ditch pass to end the scrimmage.
With star runner Nelson Hampton watching the match on crutches after recent foot surgery, Nathan Monterrosa filled in for the Orange with some slick pops good for a game-high 52 yards.
A number of Jags saw action on both sides of the ball, with senior Ulises Umanzor breaking up a pass beautifully and also jetting 10 yards on his only carry. Tight end David Lee Rodriguez looked solid on defense at outside linebacker for a team rich in outstanding ‘backers once again this season.
NOTES: Former Jag Gary Rodriguez will play the next level for a college near the Chicago area; the running back’s signing ceremony will be Thursday at 2 p.m. in the school library.