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Aztecs clawed by Wildcats
TWENTYNINE PALMS • The Barstow football team hung with its opponent through the first half, but some injuries proved too big an obstacle in the second.
The Aztecs suffered their second consecutive loss, playing on the road at Twentynine Palms and falling short to the Wildcats by a 35-22 score, in Friday night’s non-league match.
The first half was an even-handed battle, with the only touchdown coming from the home team. The Wildcats held just a 7-0 lead at the break.
Unfortunately for the Aztecs, things began to unravel pretty quickly when they got back out on the field for the third quarter.
“We fumbled the opening kick-off of the second half,” said Barstow head coach Ray Silva. “That kind of set the tone.”
The biggest problem the Aztecs had to contend with was injuries. Both Jordan Londo and George Gatti were helped off the field in the last 24 minutes.
“I lost my quarterback and my running back, and things kind of fell apart after that,” said Silva. “They scored a lot in the second half after Jordan went down.”
Losing their quarterback hurt both the Aztecs’ offense and defense.
“It definitely limited our offense,” said the coach. “When Jordan went down, it changed the way we ran our plays.”
Gatti returned later in the game. Silva is hoping Londo will be ready to play in this Friday’s home game.
The Aztecs would get on the board in the second half. Dion Brown and Brandon McHenry both had touchdowns, and Michael Washington scored off a pass from Oshua Rothwell.
The loss leaves the Aztecs at 2-3.
“We have to get back to work in practice and get ready for Sultana,” said coach Silva of his team’s next game. “We have to be ready for our league games.”
Barstow hosts the Sultans in its final non-leaguer this Friday night. The Desert Sky League schedule starts with a home game against Burroughs on Oct. 11.