The Holtville High School varsity football team proved last Friday night that halftime can be a big part of the game. The Vikings finished the second quarter with a slim 7-0 lead but scored three touch downs coming out of halftime.
It was a big win for head coach Jason Turner and his team. With some big names graduating last year, there were some doubts that the younger players would be able to fill their shoes. But that they did, and in a big way.
The Vikings not only dominated the second half scoring but also held visiting Instituto Salvatierra from Mexicali to just six points, winning 35-13.
Jacob Leyba scored the Vikings’first touchdown in the first quarter with a 21-yard run. Edwin Partida followed that up with a successful extra point kick. After that, the two teams traded the ball back and forth until the half.
Holtville came out of the locker room ready to add on some points, and tacked on three more touchdowns in short order. Leyba broke through with a big 36-yard dash for six and then six more a few plays later.
Andy Pascual had touchdowns of 62 yards at the end of the third and 21 yards at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
He finished the game with a total of 114 yards. Leyba had 156 yards on the way to his three touchdowns. Partida was successful on all five of his kicks.
All three of Holtville High School’s football teams will be playing this week. The frosh/soph team will be hosting Imperial this evening at 6 p.m. The junior varsity will be taking on Palo Verde Friday at 4:30 p.m., while the varsity will play host to the Yellowjackets at 7 p.m.