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50 years ago

BLYTHE — The Im­pe­rial Val­ley Col­lege Arabs ral­lied their de­fen­sive forces for a strong third quar­ter and the high scor­ing of­fense turned tail­back Paul Thomp­son loose in the sec­ond half to pave the way for a come-from-be­hind vic­tory Sat­ur­day night.

The Arabs won a wild of­fen­sive show from Palo Verde’s Pi­rates, 48-34, to raise their sea­son record to 4-3 and their Desert Con­fer­ence record to 3-2. Palo Verde is 2-5 for the sea­son and 1-4 in con­fer­ence play.

Al­though the Pi­rates scored 13 points in the first quar­ter, seven in the sec­ond and 14 in the last quar­ter, the Arab de­fense blanked the Pi­rates in the key third quar­ter.

While the de­fense was rack­ing up its shutout, the of­fense was scor­ing 19 points to come from a 20-13 deficit for a 32-20 lead at the end of the third quar­ter. The teams swapped touch­downs in the fi­nal quar­ter but the Pi­rates were never nearer than five points.

“It was some­thing else; re­ally some­thing else,” said Arab head coach Lou Er­ber. In the last two games, Er­ber has had his Arabs score 80 points and only win one of the two games. And Sat­ur­day’s was in doubt un­til the Arabs scored with 55 sec­onds left to play.

IVC lost a fum­ble on the game’s first scrim­mage play and the Pi­rates marched 41 yards in 10 plays for a touch­down with 9:49 left in the quar­ter. Johnny Jones knifed over from two yards. Alex Naranjo’s ex­tra point kick was wide.

The Arabs came back with an eight play, 69-yard drive. Randy Palomino tossed to Steve Evan­ge­list at the Palo Verde 29 for a gain of 19 yards and sprinter Al­fred Pet­tus swept the left side with a pitchout for the touch­down. Delfino Ma­tus missed the ex­tra point kick.

40 years ago

An Im­pe­rial County Sher­iff’s Of­fice pa­trol car was dam­aged early to­day in a freak ac­ci­dent at an El Cen­tro restau­rant park­ing lot in­volv­ing a com­mer­cial bus line ve­hi­cle and a truck car­ry­ing a hay boom.

Deputy Wil­liam Brian Wil­lard, 24, and his pa­trol part­ner Robert Knox were on a cof­fee break at Denny’s Restau­rant, 1455 Ocotillo Drive, when a Domenico Bus Ser­vice ve­hi­cle struck a hay boom at­tached to a parked truck.

The boom slipped off its frame and landed on the hood of the pa­trol car.

Bus driver John Joseph Per­son Jr., 24, Ft. Laud­erdale, Fla., told po­lice he did not see the “dark col­ored boom” when he en­tered the restau­rant park­ing lot about 4:43 a.m. to­day.

The driver of the boom truck, Abra­ham Aaron Ortega, 32, of El Cen­tro, was also in­side the cof­fee shop at the time of the ac­ci­dent.

The pa­trol car was moder­ately dam­aged.

30 years ago

Brawley and El Cen­tro cham­bers of com­merce ap­proved a joint res­o­lu­tion Mon­day that pledges to leave any ri­valry be­tween the two ci­ties at the tra­di­tional Bell Game on Fri­day night.

The yearly con­test pits the Brawley Union High School Wild­cats and the Cen­tral Union High School Spar­tans in a bat­tle of school and com­mu­nity pride, with the cop­per bell awarded to the vic­tor.

Ed McGrew, pres­i­dent of the El Cen­tro Cham­ber of Com­merce, and Mary Miller, pres­i­dent of the Brawley Cham­ber of Com­merce, signed the joint res­o­lu­tion at the Brawley Cham­ber of Com­merce. The meet­ing was at­tended by di­rec­tors of the two cham­bers and the Brawley Cat­tle Call Com­mit­tee.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF NOEMI ESQUER

Calexico’s Fog­ball 10u takes the Cham­pi­onship at the Bor­der Mad­ness Tour­na­ment in Yuma, Ari­zona.

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