Wildcats start strong, but can’t get the win vs. Gila Ridge

Brawley's Nathan Torrez (22) turns upfield after intercepting a pass during Friday's game against Gila Ridge in Yuma, whilre Blake Krigbaum (44) and Damian Reyes (21) look to block. COURTESY PHOTO DINA SELF

YUMA — If high school football games were 12 minutes long, then the Brawley Wildcats would have won their season-opener against the Gila Ridge Hawks in dominating fashion.

The Cats owned the first quarter here on Friday night, winning on both sides of the ball to race out to an early 13-0 lead, but they couldn’t make it stick, falling victim to forces both internal and external in an eventual 28-19 loss — their first in eight games against the Hawks.

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