Imperial grounds the Eagles in 49-0 blowout

Southwest High’s Benji Alvarez runs the ball against Imperial High during a conference football game on Friday night in Imperial. SERGIO BASTIDAS PHOTO Friday, October 25th, 2019

IMPERIAL — Slow starts and inefficient red zone possessions have troubled the Imperial High School football team this season, but there were no such problems on Friday here as the Tigers walloped Southwest, 49-0, in an Imperial Valley League matchup.

The win improves the Tigers’ record to 9-2 in the annual Johnny Romero Fireman’s Helmet contest played between the two schools each year. Romero served as an assistant football coach at both schools when Mike Swearingen was head coach at both locations.

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