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Results/Week #6/ 10.3.14
Garfield “Bulldogs” 41 Huntington Park “Spartans” (13) Recap: The “Bulldogs” put in more hard work in one of their typical days at the office. This was simply no contest for these very hungry“Dawgs.” This is the time of the season when Coach Hernandez has his team performing according to plan, as weekly, they confront a new League opponent. During the course of this game, they displayed why they are a force to be reckoned with in the City’s 1-A Division. Coach Hernandez’s post-game comment…”the team did well, but as always, there is room for improvement. We had great outings by Cleo Session/RB-WR and Stevie Williams/QB. HP was a good team that used multiple sets and was successful with that, but with the Bye we have this week, we’ll have an opportunity to rest, heal, and more importantly, get our academic work in order before grades are submitted by teachers this Friday.” Selected Player stats… On offense: QB/Stevie Williams/10-13 compls.-159 yds./3 TD Passes/4 rushes-80 yds./1 TD run; Cleo Session, Jr./8 car-32 yds./2 TDs rushing; On defense: Jacquan Shaw/9 tckls (5 solo-4 asst), Joseph Silva/7 tckls (5 solo-2 asst), and Frank Saucedo, IV, 5 tckls (4 solo-1 asst) all stepped up. Next: Bye Week, 10.11.14 LH-FS/GHS & RC, Sr./ELASS
Cathedral “Phantoms” 36 Verbum Dei “Eagles” 0 Recap: This was Cathedral’s “Homecoming” game, and very fittingly, the team did what it was supposed to do…bring another victory to its student body and ever-expanding fan base. In addition, there was a very good reason to celebrate this win as it kept the “Phantoms” undefeated, heading into their Angelus League opener against their longtime rival, the Salesian “Mustangs.” Coach Kevin Pearson’s post-game comments…”we are continuing to peak while getting better every week. I thought it was a good tuneup for our first league opener this upcoming week. Our defense was outstanding and has been the whole season. We’re getting better offensively, but still are not where we could be. Our defensive line, particularly SR/C/G-DT/Jordan Franklin, and our two defensive ends, Noah Johnson and Aisea Ahoia have been playing great all season. We’re putting a lot of pressure on the quarterback and forcing a lot of errors.” Player game stats and attributions: “Overall Player of the Game” (P.O.G.), SR/LB/Aisea Ahoia/12 tckls/6 solo-6 asst; “Co-Offensive P.O.G.” – SO/QB/Andrew Tovar/21-34/336 yds./4 TD passes; and JR/WR/Renard Bell/3 catches-139 yds/2 TDs; “Defensive P.O.G.” – SR/DE/Noah Johnson/7 tckls/4 solo-3 asst. Next: Salesian, 10.11.14/3pm Kick-off @ L.A. Southwest College. KP-DB/CHS & RC, Sr./ELASS
Lincoln “Tigers” 40 Torres “Toros” 6 Recap: The “Tigers” continue their new-found winning ways as they defeated the “Toros” rather convincingly in this crucial Northern League encounter. Coach Woody Carrillo is very thankful that he has been re-charged with a full, and healthy squad of players, at this halfway point in the season. The Team has its “Eye on the Prize,” the League title, and is in total fixation on capturing it. “Gutting It Out,” “Staying Focused,” and “Be Patient-Good Things Will Happen,” are all good sports catch-phrases which describe the character of this team. Positive results are happening now. This game was basically over by halftime when the score read Lincoln 34, Torres 0. In the second half, Coach Carrillo was able to play many of his second unit players in tribute to their hard work and dedication. Selected Player of The Game stats: On Offense: JR/QB/Albert Buenrostro/8-10/263 yds./3 TDs/8 rushes-125 yds; SR/WR/Dakota Ridegway/6 recp-183 yds.; SR/WR/Brandon Oroxon/2 recp-70 yds; and JR/RB/Brayan Figueroa/8 carries-125 yds. On Defense: SR/DB/Albert Ramirez/5-5, 155 lbs/19 tckls/11 solo-8 asst; SR/DE/Gerardo Ochoa/8 tckls/6 solo-2 asst; and SR/DE/Enrique Sanchez/DL/6 tckls/2-solo-4 asst. It should be noted that in spite of their Overall 3-3 record, the Tigers are currently in 1st place in the Northern League with a 2-0 record. Friday’s game is a big rivalry between these two schools. Next: @ Wilson, 10.10.14 RC, Sr./ELASS
South Gate “Rams” 49 L.A. Jordan “Bulldogs” 0 Recap: The “Rams” just keep battering their opponents into defeat and on this re-scheduled playing date, (from last Friday, to this past Monday), they took care of their business, once again, very quickly and efficiently. So much so, that Head Coach Jose Casagran was once again able to provide his second unit, and many more reserves, with crucial and much-appreciated playing time, as the season moves on in Eastern League play. Coach Casagran is keeping a keen eye on his team’s health and momentum, as he knows that the most critical part of the season will be coming up with huge “back-to-back” games against Eastern League opponents, Roosevelt and Garfield. Scoring at will in this contest, and easily defending against a non-existent “Bulldog” offense, the Rams simply put it on auto pilot and cruised to their second league win. Selected Player of The Game stats include: “Overall Player Of Game (P.O.G.),” – JR/WR-CB/Antonio Washington/60 yds. rushing/152 All-Purpose yds./3 TDs/2 Punt returns for TDs/3 tckls; “Offensive P.O.G.” – SR/RB/Lavell Thompson/4 rushes-132 yds./2 TDs; and “Defensive P.O.G.” – JR/LB-C-FB/Francsico Gallegos/10 tckls/5 solo-5 asst/1 sack. Next: Huntington Park, 10.10.14 @ Home ES/SG & RC, Sr./ELASS
Venice “Gondoliers” 55 Roosevelt “Rough Riders” 20 Recap: This final non-conference game of the season ended in a defeat for the visiting “Rough Riders.” Coach Angelo Gasca demonstrated that his “Gondoliers” are alive and well and will be a solid contender for their Western League title at the end of the regular season. Coach Javier Cid received strong efforts from his rapidly maturing field marshall, Sammy Henrandez, who put on an outstanding display of his skills both as a Running & Passing QB. Hernandez’s “Double Threat” skills however, weren’t enough to carry the Riders to victory. The “Riders” can hopefully take the “Lessons-Learned” in this game and apply them in their Easern League match-up with Bell on Friday. Player of The Game stats showed the following: “Overall Player of The Game (P.O.G.)” – SR/QB/Sammy Hernandez, 16-25 compl-216 yds./18 rushes-99 yds./2 TDs. “Co-Offensive P.O.G.” – JR/WR/Andrew Gallegos/4 recp-83 yds./1 TD; SR/WR/Mario Ramirez/4 grabs-66 yds./1 TD; and “Defensive P.O.G.” – SR/DL/Anthony Narbona, for anchoring the D-Line. The Riders return home this Friday and look to remain undefeated in Eastern League play. Next: Bell, 10.10.14 @ Home RC, Sr./ELASS
Franklin “Panthers” 45 Wilson “Mighty Mules” 7 Recap: Coach Eddie Martinez is back at the proverbaial “drawing board” and burning the “midnight oils,” in order to find the solution to the string of losses that have caused a big concern for himself and his Coaching Staff. There is still some time left to make things respectable, to finish strong, and perhaps to change what has thus far, been a very disappointing season. The huge loss of “key” personnel to the injury demon have thwarted all of his attempts to turn things around. And, now at the halfway mark of the season, the “Mules” will certainly be looking to register their second win of the season and their first Northern League victory. At most, Coach Martinez will keep his team in an optimistic mood while trying to re-configure his best line-ups for the remainder of the schedule. Each week presents a new problem that needs an adaptive, but quick solution. Not making things any easier, Friday night’s game takes on even more importance, as it is the annual “Homecoming” game, as well as another rivalry game. Next: Lincoln, 10.10.14 @ Home RC, Sr./ELASS
Lincoln “Tigers” 45 Torres “Toros” 6 Recap: Torres Head Coach, Peter Cuevas, is experiencing every high school football Coach’s worst case scenario– the undeniable fact of not having a winning season, as well as not reaching this team’s expectations of winning a League title, then followed by a return to the Playoffs. Compared to the storybook season the Toros had last year, this year has been a complete turnaround from their run to the City 3-A’s Semifinal game. And in consideration of the circumstances surrounding his “key” players, Coach Cuevas has literally had to start from scratch to: 1) find his #1 starting QB, and 2) groom and develop other special position players. In additon to that, and unable to replace several injured players, two weeks ago, he lost SR/DE/John Gonzalez, his returning All-City Selection, to a dislocated elbow and he may not finish the season on the active roster. It now remains to be seen whether the Toros underclassmen can step into the “pressure cooker” and complete the season on a winning streak. The “Toros,” Coach Cuevas, and his coaching staff, have now reached their Bye week and will take the badly needed time-off to rest, regenerate, and re-evaluate their strategic game plan to finish out the Northern League on a positive note. Next: Bye Week, 10.10.14 RC, Sr./ELASS
Salesian “Mustangs” – Did Not Play Due to Bye Week. Next: Cathedral, 10.11.14 at L.A. Southwest College, 3 pm kick-off.