Early TDs doom Tigers in 21-14 loss to Cibola

Imperial's Damon Meza (20) lunges forward in an attempt to break up a pass to Cibola's Cristian Bonilla (11) during the first quarter of the Tigers' 21-14 loss to the Raiders on Friday night in Yuma. PHOTO RANDY HOEFT VIA YUMA SUN

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.

Shouldering the blame as the team’s defensive coordinator, Legarra faulted the job he did installing coverages ahead of the game.

Sports Editor Aaron Bodus can be reached at abodus@ivpressonline.com or 760-337-3434.

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