The Holtville Vikings football squad suffered its second loss of the season on Oct. 25, falling at home to local rival Vincent Memorial of Calexico, 23-15.
The Vikings came up short in a tight game after having won six games in a row and now have an overall record of 7-2.
Up next, the Vikings conclude their regular season on the road against Calipatria with the much-anticipated Axe Game on Halloween night starting at 7 p.m.
“Despite the loss against Vincent, the team is excited to end the regular season and shoot into playoffs,” said Coach Jason Turner. “Calipatria is a running team, a well-coached running team, and that’s where they focus most of their efforts.”
He added, “I expect them to give us good competition and will surely result in an exciting game for any spectators. We will definitely be ready for them.”
Against Vincent, Turner had already anticipated the team would meet its match, seeing as Vincent now sports a record of 8-1.
For the Vikings last week Sebastian Aviles receiving a touchdown pass from Spencer Hilfiker gave Holtville fans hope early in the first quarter. During the third quarter the Vikings finally picked up some momentum with Jose Devoux scoring a rushing TD, followed by a successful two-point conversion by CJ Nunez.
“We were prepared for them,” confirmed Turner. “But we made too many mistakes on our end.”
He added, “One of our biggest was giving up a touchdown on a blocked punt, and also a safety while on offense. And when the game is as close as this one, those mistakes count.”
Regarding preparation for Calipatria, Turner confirmed the team will refocus on some minor details while not making any drastic changes to their signature style of play.
“We had a standout performance by Sebastian Aviles against Vincent,” said Turner. “He scored a touchdown and consistently ran the ball well but, again, our mistakes are what ended up costing us the game.”