"Tidehaven wins 21-14 over cross-county, district rival Van Vleck" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Tidehaven quarterback Blake Garcia (7) stiff arms past a Van Vleck defender on a play up the middle in the Tidehaven-Van Vleck game Friday. Garcia had a team-high 164 yards.

   Tidehaven defeated Van Vleck 21-14 in a cross-county rivalry and District 14-3A-2 game that included a ribbon-cutting ceremony for stadium improvements at the Delvin L. Taska Tiger Stadium at El Maton last Friday.
   The final score accurately reflected a tight ball game where momentum often shifted with key turnovers – both quarterbacks threw pickoffs that ended promising drives.
   Rushing was the order of the day between the teams, with Tidehaven (2-1, 3-4) rushed for 291 yards and Van Vleck (0-2, 2-3) for 206 yards.
   In passing yardage, the Tigers had 60 yards, while the Leopards had 42 yards.
   Tidehaven had 351 total yards to Van Vleck’s 248 combined yards.
   Tidehaven quarterback Blake Garcia had a team-high 164 yards rushing.
   Jose Martinez compiled 68 yards on the ground and Ben Ruiz had six carries for 33 yards.
   Leopard junior Sam Bree had a team-high 125 yards rushing.
   Garcia was 2-6 for 60 yards and an interception and Tiger Mason Perales caught both of those passes.
   “It was a good win for our program,” said Tiger Head Coach David Lucio.

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