Coyotes spoil Riptides playoff hopes, 48-34
The Central Valley Coyotes ended their season on a high note, defeating the San Diego Riptide, 48-34 and finishing the season on a two game winning streak at the San Diego Sports Arena tonight. The Coyotes were able to spoil any post-season hopes the Riptide had in mind, dominating the entire game offensively and defensively.
Head coach Fred Biletnikoff Jr. decided to go with a dual arsenal at quarterback, rotating Frank Borba and Juston Wood each quarter. The scheme paid off as the two combined for 192 yards and 4 TDs on 21-of-34 passing.
The Coyotes defensive came out on fire in the first quarter, holding the Riptide to only one touchdown and forcing two turnovers.
On San Diegos first offensive drive, they found themselves in a third-and-one situation at their own thirteen yard line. Defensive Player of the Game VonKeith Spencer intercepted a Kevin Feterik pass and returned it 19-yards for the score to give the Coyotes the early lead.
San Diego marched down the field on their next possession, aided by Central Valley penalties and scored on an 11-yard TD pass from Feterik to Jesus Reyes. San Diego kicker, Chris Arnce missed the extra point opportunity and the Coyotes kept the lead, 7-6.
Central Valley found the endzone on their next possession when Frank Borba hooked up with LaMonte Jones on an 11-yard TD pass.
The Coyotes defense held strong again forcing the Riptide offense to turn the ball over on downs on the Central Valley six yard line.
Juston Wood pushed the lead out to 14 points for the Coyotes when he completed a 16-yard TD pass to Marvin Brown.
San Diego missed a 26-yard field goal on their next offensive possession giving Central Valley back the ball.
Wood drove the Coyotes to another touchdown on a 5-play, 12-yard drive that was capped off by a 5-yard TD reception by Kenyatte Morgan.
VonKeith Spencer intercepted his second pass of the game as the Riptide attempted a last minute touchdown to end the half.
Each team traded a pair of touchdowns to open up the second half. The Riptide scored when Trevor Misipeka sacked Frank Borba who fumbled the ball, and Henry Stephens returned it back 19-yards for the touchdown.
On the following kickoff, the Riptide attempted an onside kick, but Jabari Jackson scooped up the ball and returned it 5-yards for the score, leaving Central Valley on top, 34-13.
San Diego added one more touchdown to end the third quarter as Nakoa McElrath intercepted a Frank Borba pass and returned it 46-yards for the score.
Each team again traded a pair of touchdowns to open up the fourth quarter, as Nakoa McElrath scored on a 10-yard reception and Darnell Lacy scored on a 13-yard TD reception.
San Diego made one final attempt to catch the Coyotes as Kevin Feterik hooked up with Dwight Carter on 7-yard TD reception. A successful two-point conversion brought the Riptide within in seven points, 41-34.
Central Valley recovered the ensuing onside kick and looked to run out the clock with :26 seconds remaining, but Juston Wood carried the ball eleven yards on a dive play to seal the game for the Coyotes.
A final offensive attempt was made by the Riptide, but on 4th-and-10 from the Coyotes 21, Riptide quarterback Kevin Feterik was sacked by Jabari Jackson with no time remaining on the clock.
The win now puts head coach Fred Biletnikoff Jr. at 2-0 since dropping the interim tag off of his title.
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