CALEXICO — They call themselves the “Bulldog Brothers Connection” and accounted for a 25-yard touchdown reception here Friday.
Calexico sophomore quarterback Diego Moreno, 15, threw to his senior brother wide receiver Carlos Moreno, 16. Carlos Moreno broke a tackle and outran the defense to the end zone.
Unfortunately for Calexico, it was the team’s only score of the night as the Bulldogs fell to Palo Verde Valley High, 41-7, in an Imperial Valley League game.
A second week with junior varsity players filling in for upper-class men helped give those younger players experience.
“We’re at a point now where we have to worry about what the future will hold for these kids,” Calexico head coach Allen Heck said. “We’re gonna try to get them as much experience as we can.”
The lack of experience was evident for the Bulldogs, who on their first play of the game had the snap go over the quarterback, be recovered by Palo Verde’s Victor Padilla, who returned it for the first score of the game.
Padilla then intercepted Calexico quarterback Eduardo Romero which was capped by a 5-yard touchdown run by Palo Verde’s Frank Diaz.
That’s when the Moreno brothers connected for Calexico’s score of the game.
But an 80-yard kickoff return by Nick Montez for a touchdown in the kick off after Calexico’s score pretty much ended any of the Bulldog’s momentum.
“If we would have kept going after that kick return we would have been in the game,” Diego Moreno said.
Diego Moreno went on to finish 4-of-6 for 75 yards and one touchdown pass. Carlos Moreno finished with four receptions for 75 yards and the touchdown reception.
Calexico has two games left in the season — at Brawley Union High on Friday and at Southwest High on Nov. 10.
With the loss Calexico falls to 0-8 overall, 0-3 in league and looking to not finish the season winless.
“I’m a senior and I don’t want to go 0-10,” Carlos Moreno said.