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Mar Vista Football Team Plays Southwest In The Bell Game

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Posted: Friday, October 18, 2019 2:34 pm

Last Friday, Oct. 11, the football team at Mar Vista High School competed against Southwest High School at home in the Annual Bell game, a tradition between the two schools. The game was well-played by both teams, but in the end, the Mariners were able to bring home the victory for their high school. And the bell.

The Bell Game represents the rivalry between the Southwest Raiders and Mar Vista Mariners, and has been played every year for almost four decades; 1980 was the year of the first Bell Game. Currently, Mar Vista has three more wins than Southwest, and this last game marked the 11th consecutive victory for them. The winner of the game also gets to ring the literal bell after the game.

The game itself went fairly well for the Mariners, as they won the match. In the first quarter, Southwest fumbled the ball, allowing Mar Vista’s senior Jo’vahn Young to pick it up and take it to the end zone, scoring the first touchdown of the game, with an added extra point, thanks to kicker, a senior, Julian Macias. After that, the Mariners were able to keep the opposing team from immediately scoring. Mar Vista intercepted the ball on their own 35 yard line. Isaac Maldonado, a junior, was able to rush the ball into the end zone for a second touchdown. Macias’ extra point was good. To keep the first quarter interesting, Southwest was able to score a touchdown, but did not receive the extra point. Unfortunately, Mar Vista’s Pablo Malave, a junior, was injured. The score at the end of the first quarter was 14-6, with Mar Vista in the lead.

The second quarter started off with a second touchdown scored for Young, with a 40 yard pass from quarterback Michael Maeva, a senior. The extra point was good. The Mariner defense held strong, with big tackles made by seniors Diego Garza and Paul Fieweger. When Mar Vista went back on offense, Maeva sent a 45 yard pass to Young for yet another touchdown.

Throughout the second quarter, each team was able to move the ball up and down the field, with interceptions for both teams. At the end of the quarter, the score was 28-6, Mar Vista on top.

The third quarter was quiet with the defense on both sides doing the talking. However, there were a lot of mistakes made with offsides, false start calls and and interception by the Raiders, and on the flip side, another interception made by Mariner junior David Del Rio for the Mariners. There was no particular gain or loss, as neither team was able to score.

With 10 minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Mar Vista took opportunity to move the ball down the field and with a 15 yard pass from Maeva to senior Juan Larson, another touchdown score was added, along with a good extra point.

Southwest answered back with a 60 yard rushing touchdown, and tried for a two point conversion, but failed. The final score as the clock ran out was 35-12, Mar Vista winning. They were able to ring the bell.

Listening to the players, spectators, and coaches, they seem to believe that the team’s key to success is their close relationship and hard work. Head coach Tyler Arciaga said, “These guys are all kids who went to middle school together, and on top of that I think that they understood the importance of the trophy.”

When asked about their strengths, team captain and senior Zack Duhala said, “What makes us strong is our hard work and preparation during practice, and our bond as a team to help us keep the bell.”

Captain and senior Fieweger agreed and adding that to motivate the team, “I keep them in check and make sure everyone is at practice.

Team manager and senior Katie Caggiano said, “The teamwork has definitely improved and it showed in the game.”

When asked about aspirations for league matches, which begin this week, Arciaga said, “Chula Vista and Sweetwater are our challenges, but nobody is good enough to win.”

The start of league matches for Mar Vista football team starts this week. The Mariners play Sweetwater High School on this coming Friday, Oct. 18, at Southwestern High School at 7 p.m. Hopefully they succeed as well as they did this past week.

Congratulations on the victory, Mariners.

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