Vikings and Tigers to run it back in Holtville

Viking players work on the passing game at practice on Tuesday ahead of their game against Imperial. PHOTO AARON BODUS

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 to join the IVL.

The Tigers left because they had to. In the 20-odd years between the 1990 Census and their exit, the city of Imperial had more than tripled in size, while the city of Holtville … had not.

Vikings and Tigers to run it back in Holtville

Imperial's Jesus Padilla slices through the gap during a Tigers' practice rep on Wednesday. PHOTO AARON BODUS

Sports Editor Aaron Bodus can be reached at or 760-337-3434.

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