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San Luis drops 20th straight
Between the first and second quarters of San Luis' homecoming game against Phoenix-Carl Hayden on Friday, girls soccer coach Ian McDougall won an iPod in a raffle.
It was a bigger gain than anything the football team could do all night.
San Luis' longest play from scrimmage was 14 yards as the Sidewinders ended up with 63 yards of total offense in a 34-0 loss to the Falcons.
The Sidewinders (0-2 overall) turned the ball over on their first five possessions and finished the game with six fumbles and an interception.
“Anytime you turn the ball over five times in the first half, it's going to be difficult to win the ballgame,” San Luis coach Fernando Solano said. “It's as simple as that.”
Solano said his players were focused on avenging a loss last year in Phoenix to the Falcons, which snapped a 66-game losing streak for Hayden.
Instead, the Sidewinders are now on a 20-game losing streak of their own, their last win coming against Carl Hayden to start the 2008 season.
“The kids played with confidence and getting this win I hope it gives us a lot more confidence,” Hayden coach Cleveland Dansby said. “I knew it was going to be tough. (San Luis) considers it a rivalry, but we're not there yet. A few other games like this and, who knows, it could happen.”
The Falcons (1-3) used a balance offensive attack to move the ball. Tywun Dates ran for all but 30 of the Falcons' 184 rushing yards. He had two touchdowns as well, one on the ground and one on an 8-yard screen for Hayden's first score less than two minutes into the game.
That was one of two touchdown passes for Falcons quarterback Ulises Contreras, who threw for 202 yards.
“It seems like our guys were just playing lost,” Solano said. “They have to be mentally focused more. That's our job to give them that.”
Both Sidewinder drives in the first quarter ended on turnovers inside the Falcons' 35-yard line. The second turnover resulted in a second quarter touchdown run by Dates that put Hayden up 14-0.
“Turnovers hurt, man. We've had our share of them,” Dansby said. “I'm sure coach Solano, he didn't practice to do that kind of stuff, but it happens. It's football. We try to take advantage of that. Any good team will. We've been down but we're trying to become a good team. In order to become a good team you've got to take opportunities like that when they're presented.”
Hayden scored 20 points off San Luis turnovers, all in the second quarter.
“Every time we were doing something positive, either we had a turnover or fumbled the ball,” Solano said. “We got in a groove and it just stopped us. If anything you want to get into a groove. We just can't.”
Notes: Matthew Sanders returned a fumble 9 yards for a score to close the second quarter. … The Sidewinders' game next week against San Pasqual has been cancelled, Solano said. … McDougall said he donated the iPod back to the school.
Falcons 34, Sidewinders 0
Falcons 34, Sidewinders 0
Hayden 7 20 7 0 —34
San Luis 0 0 0 0 —0
CH—Dates 8 pass from Contreras (Barraza kick), 10:05Second Quarter
CH—Dates 2 run (Barraza kick)
CH—Vera 47 pass from Contreras (wide left), 3:46
CH—Sanders 9 yards fumble return (Barraza kick), 0:15Third Quarter
CH—Coronado 29 pass from Contreras (Barraza kick), 1:04
First downs 13 6
Total Net Yards 356 63
Rushes-yards 32-184 34-50
Passing 202 14
Comp-Att-Int 13-22-1 1-6-1
Fumbles-Lost 4-2 7-6
Penalties-Yards 15-140 8-65
RUSHING—Hayden, Dates 22-154, Contreras 4-3, Sanders 3-16, tm 1-(-3), Sabas 2-11. San Luis, Contreras 8-(-45).
PASSING—Hayden, Conteras 13-22-1-202. San Luis, Conteras 0-4-1-0, Becerra 0-1-0-0, Breceda 1-1-0-14.
RECEIVING—Hayden, Coronado 7-101, Dates 1-8, Roman 5-53 Vera 1-47. San Luis, Hinojosa 1-14.