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New Added Feature: Photo Gallery (See last entry at bottom of this page). Rico Cabrera, Sr./East L.A Sports Scene.Com
Roosevelt “Rough Riders” (27) Arleta “Mustangs” (25 ) Recap: The “Rough Riders (2-1), scored just enough to pull out a close victory over their visitors from Arleta. No problems whatsoever on this night for QB/Sammy Hernandez and his arsenal of strong scoring threats. Although the halftime score favored the Mustangs, (19-14) the Riders scored once in the 3rd & once in the 4th quarter while holding their opponent to only one TD in the 4th. A nice mixture of “Rider” offense and defense were the difference in this game. Selected player game stats featured: Sammy Hernandez (Sr)/QB/18-29 Passing attempts/206 yds./2 TDs/17 rushes/137 yds; Mario Ramirez (Sr)/WR/4 grabs/58 yds/1 TD; Albert Torres (Sr)/WR/3 catches/44 yds/1 TD; and #48 Kevin Gomez (Sr)/DE/ 6-0/200 lbs/named Defensive Player of Game for tackling skills and the anchoring of his unit. Next: @ Jordan (0-3)=1st Eastern League game, 9/19/14, Kick-off @ 3:30 pm RC/ELASS.COM
Garfield “Bulldogs” (35) Washington Prep “Generals” (0 ) Recap: The “Bulldogs” (1-2) picked up their first win of the season in this non-conference game against the Generals (1-2) by playing a stifling, swarming, and strong defense which produced many turnovers that led to rich scoring opportunities for the Bulldogs. The offense scored easily in each of the first 3 quarters, and twice in the final period. Selected player highlights go to the following players: On defense, Cleo Session, Jr. (Sr) S-WR/1 INT; Jordan Palmer (Jr) CB-WR/ 1 INT; Tristen Chavarria (Jr)/DE/2 sacks; Joseph Silva (Jr)/LB/ 11 tackles/1 sack; and Chris Alexander (Sr)/LB-TE/2 fumble recoveries. On offense, Ausencio Navarro III, (So)/QB/ 6-9 for 81 yds; Adrian Espinoza (So)/RB/8 rushes-75 yds/1 TD; and on Special Teams: Christian Castro (Jr)/WR-S/67 yd. Kick-off return. Next: @ Venice, 9/19/14, FS/GHS & RC/ELASS.COM
Bernstein “Dragons” (34) Torres “Toros” (0) Recap: The “Toros” (0-3) dropped their third non-conference home game in a row to open the season. In a very close 1st half, the Toros only trailed by 7-0. However, the visiting “Dragons” woke up after the break and rained down fire with 27 points on the “Toros” in the 2nd half. Head Coach Peter Cuevas commented that “we were very focused for the 1st half, but once again, our turnovers were costly and couldn’t be overcome. I gave a lot of credit to our group of Seniors for battling the entire game. We will bounce back from this bad start.” The Toros were led by John Gonzalez/DE, with his aggressive defensive play; Giovanni Gonzalez/OL, who was credited with 5 pancake blocks; Jose Munive/RB-LB, for his play on both sides of the ball; and Robert Castro/QB, who is making steady progress at his new position. Next: @ Cesar Chavez,(1-2)/San Fernando Valley, 9.19.14. PC/THS & RC/ELASS.COM
Hollywood “Sheiks” (56) Wilson “Mighty Mules” (14) Recap: The Mules (1-2) hosted the “Sheiks” from Hollywood in this non-conference game. The storyline of this game was simple–turnover bug bites hard on the Mules. With that, the Mules offense could never find a rhythm due to the time that the defense had to spend on the field for most of the game. In the end, it was a hard lesson learned. Coach Martinez summarized the game this way. “We’ve hit a rough patch in the season with this loss. Turnovers led to 3 TDs that put us in a deep hole that we couldn’t recover from.We knew we would need patience with this young group. We need to keep our heads up and continue to work harder to limit those costly turnovers.” On an upbeat note, Steve Martinez, Founder of the El Sereno “Stallions” Pop Warner organization, a former Wilson Alum & WR, was honored by the WHS Alumni during halftime. One of his former Pee Wee Stallions players was yet another WHS Alumnus, Anthony Denham of the Houston Texans. Next: @ Alhambra, 9.19.14 EM/WHS & RC/ELASS.COM
Lincoln “Tigers” (19) Grant “Lancers” (14 ) Recap: The “Tigers” (1-2) tangled up with the “Lancers” (from Van Nuys, CA) in this non-conference match-up in Lincoln Hts. The halftime score only read 13-7, in favor of the Tigers. Coach Carrillo’s game plan was to establish a “primary air attack” and then back it up with a steady “ball control” offense. Not to forget, capitalize on a high percentage of “Red Zone” drives. The result..mission accomplished as evidenced by the game stats from the offensive side: Albert Buenrostro (Jr) QB/9-16 for 116 yds/1 TD; Dakota Ridgeway, (Sr)/WR-DB/6 receptions for 102 yds/1 TD/longest catch-55 yds. Ridegway continues to set the pace for the Tigers’ receivers and has stepped up “big time” to replace the injured Brandon Oroxon. Shining brightly on defense as game leaders were: Rodimero Cabrera (Sr) RB-LB/8 tackles; Julian Reyes (Sr)/LB-TE/6 tackles/1 fumble recovery/1 TD ; John Chan (Sr)/OL-DL/6 tackles; and Jerry Ochoa (Sr)/CB-LB/6 tackles. Oroxon sat out his 3rd straight game due to his hamstring. Next: University @ Home, 9.19.14 AC/LHS & RC/ELASS.COM
South Gate “Rams” (48) Eagle Rock “Eagles” (16) Recap: The “Rams” (2-1) came out to play “Very Fired Up” in spite of learning that their opening game road victory over Westchester was ruled a forfeit by the CIF/LACS Commissioner’s office. Taking it out on their opponent, the Rams’ offense went to work right away putting up 2 scores in each of the 1st two quarters. Halftime score: South Gate (28)-Eagle Rock (8). Before the final horn sounded, the Rams had scored another 20 points in several more crowd-pleasing ways. Player mentions on this night go to: Andrew Toro (Sr)/QB/4 TD passes/247 yds; Antonio Washington (Sr)/WR-CB-FS/8 catches for 118 yds; Lavell Thompson (Sr)/RB/8 carries-80 yds; Terrrell Goins (So)/RB/10 rushes-98 yds. Leading the defensive efforts were: Jonathan Estrada (Sr)/RB-MLB/Earned Player of the Game Honors for his hard work and excellent tackling skills; and Antonio Olivares (Jr)/DE-G/Credited with Overall Player of the Game Honors. Next: @ Franklin, 9.19.14 ES/SGHS & RC/ELASS.COM
Cathedral “Phantoms” (73) Locke “Saints” (18) Recap: The “Phantoms” improved to (2-0) with this high-scoring and resounding win over the their opponents from South L.A. and the CIF/L.A. City Section. We may have to go to the CIF/SS Record Books to review this final team scoring total for a single game. Making it an easy and memorable night for the Phantoms were the following players: Andrew Tovar (So)/QB/4 TDs in 1st half/1 in 2nd half/5 total for game; Aaron Moore (C), (Sr)/WR-S/2 TD catches for 9 & 59 yds; and Cameron Haney (Sr)/RB-CB/Special Teams/88yd. kick-off return. Coach Kevin Pearson was able to freely substitute and give much valued playing time to other position players such as: Jesse Audelo,Jr. (C), Jerry Martin, Christian Pryor, Andre Bodden, and Marshaun Cameron. All contributed to the scoring for the night. Cathedral’s high-powered offense is averaging 47.5 points in each of its first two games. Next: @ Washington Prep, 9.19.14 Daniel & Adrian Barcenas/CHS & Rico Cabrera, Sr./ELASS.COM
Salesian “Mustangs” (56) View Park (12 ) “Knights” Recap: The “Mustangs” (2-1) showed no mercy on their opponent representing the CIF/L.A. City Section in this intersectional non-conference game at Salesian. They scored often and without much resistance coming from the “Knights” – the defending L.A. City Schools, Division 3 Champion from last year. Thought it could have been a much better “match-up,” but that’s why these types of games are scheduled. The victory was well in-hand at halftime with the score reading Salesian (34) View Park (6). To recap the game, the Mustangs were led offensively by Damion Wright (Sr)/QB-DB/5-16 completions for 138 yds/2 TDs; Deommodore Lenoir (So)/RB/13 rushes-143 yds/2 TDs; Kyahva Tezino (Sr)/RB-LB/8 carries-100 yds; Jeremy Kelly (Sr)/WR-DB/4 grabs-105 yds. Taking care of the defense were Overall Player of the Game, Noah Perez (So)/FB-LB. 5-7/165 lbs. and Kevin Scott (Sr)/DL, 6-5/260 lbs. who earned himself Defensive Player of The Game Honors. Next: Loyola, (3-0) 7:00 pm Kick-off @ L.A. Valley College, 9.19.14. RC/ELASS.COM
New Feature: Player & Game Photo Gallery
“Player Of The Game” – #10 Dakota Ridgeway, WR-DB/Sr/6-3/180 lbs.
Lincoln High School “Tigers” vs. Grant “Lancers” – 9/12/14.
Caption: Ridgeway is pictured as he takes the Field, holding the Tigers banner.