The game: The Aztecs used a solid running game and an attacking defense to get their first league win since 2013. They rushed for 407 yards, scored five rushing touchdowns and got two field goals from Stephen Jaffke. La Quinta got points on seven of its 11 possessions. The Aztecs defense limited Bolsa Grande to 108 yards of offense.
Key to the game: La Quinta jumped ahead early when it scored touchdowns off of two Bolsa Grande turnovers. Getting turnovers is one thing; converting them to points is another. La Quinta’s offense is much like the double-wing that Tustin used successfully for so many years. La Quinta has the necessary inside runner, Javier Enriquez, and outside speed in Dylan Do and Victor Garrica, and Tam Le can run it between the tackles or around the edge. Quarterback Gilbert Napoles is a tough runner, too, and his arm is fine. Bolsa Grande had difficulty figuring out all of the misdirection action from La Quinta’s offense.
Players of the game: La Quinta linebacker Jason Nguyen recovered two fumbles. Enriquez pushed for steady yardage between the tackles, setting up long runs around the corners for his teammates.
Key stat: La Quinta averaged 9.7 yards a carry. If the Aztecs do that in upcoming league games against Santiago and Los Amigos, they will have the three league wins needed to get into the playoffs.
They said it: “This really started on the first day of the offseason. That’s when these guys started to become a team.” – La Quinta coach Andy Diaz
What it means: La Quinta has not been to the playoffs since 2010. The Aztecs were 3-17 in league games from 2011-14. It was not the fact they beat Bolsa Grande that was impressive, but the way they did it, with a dominating shutout. La Quinta showed that it can beat Los Amigos and Santiago to get two more wins that would give them three – and three wins is what it will take to get into the CIF-Southern Section Southern Division playoffs.