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EL CENTRO — Central Union High School’s high-powered offense deservedly gets a lot of publicity, but championships are won with defense and the Spartans delivered a defensive masterpiece against Imperial at Cal Jones Field here on Friday.

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IMPERIAL — A familiar script played out here at Shimamoto-Simpson Stadium on Friday night. The Calexico Bulldogs played an Imperial Valley League opponent, and they were solidly thumped. This time it was the hometown Tigers who gave the Bulldogs the business, lighting them up in every phase …

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BRAWLEY — If Imperial Valley League teams didn’t know about Brawley Union High’s freshman quarterback Ethan Gutierrez before Friday, they certainly know about him now.

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IMPERIAL — The Imperial High football team had its 2019 home opener spoiled by the Gila Ridge Hawks, who held off the Tigers late in the fourth quarter to return to Yuma with a 37-34 victory here on Friday night.

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HOLTVILLE — Last year the football teams from Holtville and Imperial high schools met for the first time in a decade, renewing (for at least the length of a two-game contract) an ancient rivalry — known popularly as the IV Classic — sundered when the Tigers jumped the Desert League in 2009 t…

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YUMA — Imperial head coach Kerry Legarra knows why his Tigers fell short in their season-opener against Cibola High here on Friday: “We just gave up 21 points too soon,” he said referring to the 21-7 hole his team found itself in before the first quarter was up.

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EL CENTRO — Imperial High School senior quarterback Santiago De La Torre celebrated his 18th birthday Friday and gave himself a night to remember as the Tigers delivered a 49-7 victory over Southwest at Eagle Field.

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“Round up the usual suspects.” It’s one of the most famous lines from “Casablanca,” delivered by Claude Rains’ Capt. Renault.

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They say a win is a win, and if that’s true, congratulations are in order for the Vincent Memorial Scots, who padded their record this past weekend at the expense of Escondido Charter.