(Lincoln Heights-North Los Angeles)—[Game Preview] This regularly scheduled L.A. City Section Northern League game on Friday, October 11th was postponed to the following day, Saturday, October 12th at 6 pm, due to an unexpected brush fire that took place near the community of El Sereno and the Ascot Hills that are located adjacent to Wilson High School. Due to the proximity of Lincoln’s campus to this fire-swept area of the City, it was determined that enough harmful smoke filled the air prior to Friday’s game that both schools agreed to postpone it after discussions with L.A. City Section officials. The question in mind…how much of an effect did this unforeseen situation have on the game? And, while recalling our L.A. City Section divisioning perspective given in last week’s posting, the exponential differences became clearly apparent in this match-up. Let’s take a read on our game summary and then look at the highlights to give you a better idea.
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Brief Game Summary: The Eagle Rock Eagles came into this Northern League contest with an overall record of (3-4) and a League record of (1-0), while the Lincoln Tigers were (6-0) overall and (1-0) in League.
The high flying Eagles swooped in early and used their vaunted “Air Attack” as #5/QB/JR/Axel Ayers connected with #8/WR/JR/Rio Ramos and several other receivers for most of the game. They also found the time to mix in their rapid deployment “Ground Game” showcasing #32/RB/SR/Daniel Zamora as he racked up over 200 rushing yards. This trio of players had exceptional offensive games to their credit. To say the least, the Eagles defensive unit, led by #55/LB/SR/Alan Cisneros and #95/NG/SR/Max Boquiren, was extremely dominant. The score was (24-0) Eagles at half-time.
In the second half, the Tigers, were able to mount successful scoring drives to offset two more TDs put up by the Eagles, as they scored in the third quarter on a great 35 yard run by their probable All-City player, #22/RB/SO/Andre Watkins, and then in the final stanza when #7/QB/SO/Ivan Plancarte sprinted in from 10 yards out to make the final score, (38-14), Eagles. We also want to take note at this time of a great team contribution by the Tigers’ #12/WR-SS/SR/Andrew Perez, for his big passing play on the slot-option to set-up a score, his gritty defensive play, and for handling the special team’s punting chores.
Next Up: In more Northern League play, the Tigers (1-1), playing their third home game in a row, will host the Wilson Mules (0-1), this Friday, October 18th. The Eagle Rock Eagles (2-0) will host the Franklin Panthers also this Friday. Kick-offs for both games are at 7 pm.