Denair High (2-8) fell 37-18 to the Delhi Hawks (4-6) on Friday night for the last Southern League matchup of the 2012 season.
Delhi received the opening kickoff and marched down field alternating runs by Corey Figueroa and Joseph Cantu, when Cantu sprung for a 15 yard run only to be hit hard by a host of Coyote defenders and fumble on the 32 yard line. That's where Denair recovered the football and took over possession.
The Coyotes were forced to punt on the subsequent drive and from there it was all Hawks for the rest of the half scoring four times before heading to the locker room.
In the first quarter the Delhi offense stuck to the run game, controlling possession and keeping the clock running for a 13 play drive. The Denair defense continually failed to wrap up at initial contact allowing Cantu and Figueroa to pick up between three and six yards on every play.
Ryan Saavedra put the Hawks on the board with two minutes left in the first quarter for the first score of the game giving Delhi the 7-0 lead. The Hawks side of the scoreboard continued to climb after a safety with 6:50 left in the half, a 46 yard touchdown pass to Cantu from quarterback Garret Thomas with 6:06 remaining, and an eight yard touchdown pass to Figueroa with :30 showing on the clock to bring the score to 23-0 at half time.
The Coyotes seemed fired up as they returned to the field for the second half when Alex Valle broke tackle after tackle picking up 25 yards on the kickoff before taking a punishing hit that popped the ball loose where Delhi recovered on the 47 yard line.
Cantu, Thomas, and Figueroa combined for 47 yards on the ground in the ensuing drive bringing the ball to the Coyotes one yard line where they, too, fumbled the ball and gave Denair possession.
The Coyotes only forward progress on the following drive came on an encroachment call against the Hawks bringing them to the six yard line where they were forced to punt. The running theme of fumbles continued with a bad snap on the punt play and Delhi recovered in the end zone increasing the lead to 30-0.
From there Denair had their work cut out for them but they did not give up, scoring once in the third quarter on a 60 yard Alex Valle run and twice in the fourth quarter with a keeper by quarterback Dominyc Silva, and another one yard touchdown run by Valle. However, the late second half effort was not enough as Delhi went on the score once more in the final minutes for the 37-18 final.