SAN YSIDRO There are neighborhoods in the South Bay where students have the option of going to either Montgomery or San Ysidro high schools.
On Friday night, those who chose to go south went home happier when host San Ysidro rode a diverse running game to a 22-14 nonleague victory.
“Coming in, everyone was saying they were so much bigger and stronger than we were, but I said, ‘Let’s run it right at them,’ ” Cougars coach Terance Tucker said.
The Cougars (3-3) rushed for 263 yards on 52 carries.
“We use 15 guys on offense and 15 guys on defense, and try to wear people out,” Tucker said.
Leading the attack was a trio of talented backs: freshman Corey Maddox (six carries, 73 yards), powerful senior Alejandro Cazares (13 carries, 68 yards) and shifty senior Carlos Campos (19 carries, 65 yards). Each scored one touchdown.
San Ysidro scored first behind an impressive 13-play, 81-yard drive. Cazares powered in from 2 yards out with 2:52 left in the first quarter for an 8-0 lead.
Montgomery (2-4) answered on the last drive of the quarter. Stanley Schwing (17 carries, 97 yards, two TDs) ran in from the 3, cutting the deficit to 8-7.
San Ysidro entered halftime with a 14-7 lead when Campos scored on a 2-yard run with 4:27 left in the second quarter.
Schwing’s second TD tied the game early in the second half, but Maddox’s 11-yard sprint to the corner on the second play of the fourth quarter was the difference.