By Tim Peterson
(Covina) – Billy Livingston didn’t play in the first quarter and he didn’t play for half of the fourth quarter. But two and a half quarters was all he needed to carve up the Wilson defense in a 36-16 rout of the Wildcats in Valle Vista League action Friday night.
He threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns as he had his way with the Wilson secondary.
Livingston sat out the first quarter in favor of Daniel Sifuentes who had taken all the snaps this week in practice. Livingston was injured in last week’s victory over Northview in the second quarter and didn’ t play the rest of the game.
“Sifuentes had taken all the snaps and we wanted to see how he looked,” said Covina Coach Darryl Thomas. “Billy was like a ‘break glass if emergency’ situation. We’ll in the second quarter we broke that glass. He’s our leader anad our starter so we wanted to get him in there. He’s been playing well for us all year.”
On his first play from scrimmage Livingston hit Remontay McCain for a 69 yard touchdown pass and the Colts were off and running with a 7-3 lead. Wilson scored first on a Hector Dominguez 22 yard field goal but the Wildcats didn’t score again until the fourth quarter.
After a bad snap by Wilson gave the Colts a safety for a 9-3 lead, Livingston struck again. This time he hit Vinny Venegas for 20 yard touchdown strike to cap a four play, 29 yard drive after a short Wildcat punt.
On the next series, Covina marched 53 yards on seven plays to go up 23-3. Venegas finished the drive with a three yeard run. Livingston hit Venegas for 24 yards down to the Wilson four to set up the score as the teams headed to the halftime break.
In the second half it was more of the same as Covina scored on its first two possessions. Livingston fired his third touchdown pass of the night – a 21 yarder to Randy Robledo. Venegas got number three (two on the ground and one receiving) on the next series when he capped an 80-yard drive with a six yard run.
Wilson scored twice in the fourth qaurter but the horse (or in this case the colt) was already down the road. Moses Vega scooted in for a 13 yard TD run and Brandon Schrieman found Josh Nelson on a 16 yard touchdown pass.
“Livingston is a good quarterback. He throws the ball well and makes good reads and all that but we have to overcome that. We need to have better coverage. We can’t pick and choose when we want to play hard,” said Wilson Coach Brian Zavala. “We didn’t want to start league play like this. We have a home game against Northview next week and we’ll have to come out and play better.”
Livingston hit five different receivers on the night. Peter De la cruz caught six passes for 90 yards. McClain hauled in two for 85 yards and a score and Venegas had two for 44 and the touchdown. Gevontray Ainsworth had four receptions for 39 yards. He also carried the ball 11 times for 65 yards.
Schrieman split time with Josh Morales in Wilson’s two quarterback system. He completed 16 of 26 for 247 yards and a touchdown. He also threw an interception. Nelson was the favorite target with seven catches for 145 yards and a score.
Morales ran for 24 yards and completed a pass for 19 more.
Covina improved to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in league. Wilson drops to 0-1 in the Valle Vista and 3-2 overall. While Wilson is hosting Northview next week, Covina will travel to Nogales.
W 0 3 0 13 16
C 0 23 13 0 36
W 8:15 Hector Dominguez 22 yd FG
C 8:03 McClain 69 yd pass from Livingston (Robledo Kick)
C 7:05 C Safety
C 3:02 Venegas 20 yd pass from Livingston (Robledo Kick)
C :05 Venegas 5 yd run (Robledo Kick)
C 6:48 Robledo 21 yd pass from Livingston (Kick Blocked)
C :41 Venegas 6 yd run (Robledo Kick)
W 9:36 Vega 13 yd run (Dominguez Kick)
W 4:49 Nelson 16 yd pass from Schrieman (2 pt pass failed)