Crawford rose to 8-0 and played a home game under lights.
Imperial’s Royce Freeman set a San Diego Section career rushing record as the Tigers went to 8-0.
San Pasqual and Ramona dropped from the ranks of the undefeated.
Crawford coach Mike Wright convinced his administration and the ruling City Conference that the Colts were more suited to an overall less demanding level of competition, thus a move from the Division IV Central League to the D-V Manzanita.
The first night game at home was facilitated through rented lights and Crawford responded with a 35-0 victory over Calexico Vincent Memorial.
Among those in attendance was Bill Rainey, who led the Colts to an 8-0-2 record and the San Diego Section championship in 1961. Rainey was CIF player of the year. He also was the first champion in the Section track finals the previous spring with a winning time of 1:58 in the 880-yard run.
NEW CORRAL, CONT.
Crawford’s football field and track and field facilities will be moved across Trojan Avenue to the site of the original baseball field, which will move to the existing football and track location.
Crawford will play a road schedule in football in 2014, while construction is completed.
EYE OF THE TIGER
Imperial’s Royce Freeman played the first half in a 49-14 rout of Calexico and rushed for 135 yards in 11 carries, giving Freeman a 37-game, four-season career total of 6,778.
Freeman moved past Rickey Seale, the son of ex-Charger and Oakland Raider Sammy Seale. Rickey rushed for 6,778 yards at Escondido from 2006-09.
THE LONGEST RIDE
Oceanside’s could have missed its kickoff with Ramona because of a traffic accident on State 78.
The usual 48-minute ride for the 39-mile trek became a two-hour marathon.
It’s all good. Oceanside won, 42-0.
Sweetwater rushed (a record?) 66 times for 405 yards, averaging 6.1 yards a thrust, and defeated Marian Catholic 41-14.
The Red Devils are running the ancient double wing favored by head coach Brian Hay and they’re getting used to the first-year coach’s offensive philosophy. They’ve won three in a row.
Rancho Buena Vista’s 38-36 win over San Pasqual improved the Longhorns’ record to 6-2, their best since a 6-1-1 start in 2003… the West Hills Wolfpack dropped its 16th in a row to Helix, 44-7…score was 44-0 at halftime…St. Augustine surprised Cathedral, 19-7 but the Dons still lead the series, 32-20…backup quarterback James Harwell of San Marcos passed for four touchdowns and ran for another in a 47-27 win over Del Norte…starter Will Freed has been out with a broken jaw….