Horizon football falls to Regis

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The Horizon High School football team suffered another loss this season, 26-7 to Regis High School Sept. 6 at North Stadium leaving the squad winless thus far in 2013.

The Hawks were able to keep up with the Raiders through the first half only being down 10-0 at halftime. However, two touchdowns and a safety in the second half overpowered Horizon’s lone touchdown for the Regis victory.

“Before half I was pretty inspired,” Horizon Head Coach Frank Ybarra said. “I thought we grew up a lot from last week to this week. Tonight, it was better, but we’re still not good enough to beat a quality team like Regis.”

Penalties have been an issue for the Hawks against both Regis and when they played Grandview Aug. 29. On their first drive in the opening quarter, the Hawks had a personal foul taking them back 15 yards. In the same quarter, Horizon had to replay second down after a pass interference call.

“Right now, when we have penalties, they’re drive killers for us,” Ybarra said. “You can’t keep digging yourself out of second and 25 holes anymore. We’ve got some cleaning up to do.”

The Hawks held the Raiders to a 0-0 score going into the second quarter. With six minutes left in the second half, Regis running back Grant Neal took a handoff from quarterback Josh Aguilar-Wynn and ran the ball into the endzone for a touchdown and the 7-0 lead.

Horizon defensive back Dominick Castiglione blocked two passes from going into the Raiders’ receivers hands and had an interception late in the second quarter. But it wasn’t enough since Regis intercepted the ball right back and kicked a field goal going into halftime with a 10-0 lead.

“He’s a spark plug,” Ybarra said of Castiglione. “He’s a tough kid; he knows how to find the football. The interception was a great play, he needed that so bad. He’s just a fiery football player.”

The Raiders scored a touchdown and got a safety in the third quarter, leading the game 19-0. Regis runningback Kameron Butler increased the result 26-0 just 36 seconds into the fourth quarter. Hawks tight end Greg Gonzales scored a touchdown off a pass from quarterback Ayden Karraker at the end of the fourth quarter, leaving the final result 26-7.

Horizon is 0-2 overall and will play a Northglenn team who’s also 0-2 Sept. 13 at Five Star Stadium.

“Until we clean up our mental mistakes, and our kids stay focused for a longer period of time, we’re going to continue to struggle,” Ybarra said. “We got two weeks to figure it out, and then we go into league against Mountain Range.”