ATTENTION PLAYERS & PARENTS! There is still a window of opportunity left for your son to experience what the recruiting process is all about. But you have to take action now. My message is simple. Time is running out as the season draws to a close. The Big“R” word “Recruitment” and the Big“S” word “Scholarship” are still possible to use in your conversations if you take advantage of our pending feature on recruitment for Seniors and/or varsity players who want to start their process NOW, rather than later. If you are interested in more information, then please read on. As the old saying goes,“You Have Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain!!” This is an“Urgent” reminder. Players, you only need to take a few minutes to immediately enroll On-line through the EliteSportsNetwork.Com website and register for their FREE recruiting service. It could be one of the most important “links” in furthering your playing career as a”scholarship recipient” to a college or university after you graduate. Your video highlight reel should already be completed at this point of the season. To review our In-Studio interview with the National Director of Recruiting, Elite Football Network, (EFN), Ryan Wright, we recommend that you go to our website posting for viewing. Rico Cabrera, Sr./ELASS.COM
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“Featured Game of the Week”
Garfield “Bulldogs” 23 South Gate “Rams” 19 Recap: This huge Eastern League showdown for the “Top Spot” lived up to its billing, and thensome, from start to finish. Drama, Suspense, Competitiveness, Great Plays, Strategic Planning, and Never Quit attitudes were only a few ways to describe this highly expected match-up between schools, progams, and Head Coaches. All were on full display for several thousand dedicated high school student bodies and their fans who filled the stands on a beautiful Fall evening for a great Friday Night Lights football game. The game was played similar to a very competitive boxing match as it stayed close for the first half, with the score at the break reading Bulldogs 8 – Rams 6. In the 3rd quarter, So. Gate began to put some drives together and thanks to two Lavell Thompson TD runs of 26 and 22 yds respectively, they held a 19-8 lead going into the 4th quarter. Garfield began to pull back into the game when they capitalized on a poor punt by the Rams deep in their own territory. On this critical possession, they found paydirt quickly with SR/FB/Frankli Robles powering it in from the 10 yd line. On the Rams’ next possession, they fell victims to the biggest play of the game, when, with just 4:30 remaining on the clock, a slightly overthrown pass from SR/QB/Andrew Toro went through his intended receiver’s hands, and was intercepted by Garfield’s CB/Jordan Palmer who returned it 40 yds. to the Rams’ 1 yd. line. The Bulldogs capitalized once again on the turnover and scored easily, moving the score to 23-19, and time running down. However, the Rams had a chance to rally from behind on the determination and athletic running skills of Lavell Thompson, but it was not enough, as they went for a 4th and 3, only to come up short. The game ended when Garfield CB/QB Stevie Williams interepted a pass on his 30 yd. line and returned it to the Rams 9 yd. line as time then ran out and the game ended. RC, Sr./ELASS
Garfield Head Coach Lorenzo Hernandez had these post game remarks, “I think our boys did a great job executing the game plan against a very talented South Gate team. We struggled a bit at times with turnovers but the coaches had great plans for all 3 phases of the game. Our boys understand that they are Bulldogs and have a never give-up attitude. They represent many that have worn the Crimson and Blue and fought to the very end even when the game seemed to be out-of-reach. Cleo (Session), Jack (Shaw), Stevie, (Williams) and Joe (Serrano) all came up big. Our defense had 4 sacks, 2 interceptions on their QB who had not thrown one in his last 7 games. Our kids learned that all the phases of the game are key, and more so, they keep on believing! We believe that we will win!” Players of the Game (POG) – Overall: Frankli Robles/SR/FB-LB/7 car-27 yds/2 rushing TDs/3 tckls/1 solo-2 assts/1.5 sacks; Offensive: Stevie Williams/SR/QB/4 compl-111 yds/7 car-63 yds/1 TD; Albert Molina/SR/RB/22 car-67 yds. Defensive: Jordan Palmer/JR/CB/ 52 yd. interception & Jacquan Shaw/SO/CB/1 blkd punt for a safety. Next: L.A. Jordan @ Garfield, Thursday, 10/30/14, 7 pm LH/GHS-RC, Sr./ELASS
South Gate Head Coach, Jose Casagran described the tough loss this way, “We can’t afford to turn the ball over to our opponent. That’s the bottom line! This was a very costly lesson learned, but one that can we use to remind us of what we need to improve on before the playoffs arrive. We will always play hard because that’s what Rams’ football is all about. In our end zone post-game team huddle I asked all the players to remember how they felt tonight after this loss and to take that away with them as we close out the regular season. We still have more work to do, but I now feel that the divide or gap between our two schools is closing, and that we’re now on an even keel with them as a Division 1 school. I wish Coach Hernandez well in finishing the season and I know they’ll do well in the playoffs.” Players of the Game (POG): Offensive: Lavell Thompson/SR/RB/(est) 10 car-111 yds./4 recps-60 yds./2 rushing TDs/171 All-Purpose yds. Defensive: Oscar Barba/JR/OLB/11 tckls/7 solo-4 assts; Frank Gallegos/JR/LB/9 tckls/5 solo-4 assts; Cesar Bobadilla/JR/DT/9 tckls/5 solo-4 asst; & Antonio Olivares/JR/DE/8 tckls/4 solo-4 assts. Next: Bell @ Bell, Thursday, 10/30/14, 7 pm JC/SGHS-RC, Sr./ELASS
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Cathedral “Phantoms” 35 Harvard-Westlake “Wolverines” Recap: The “Phantoms” came out a bit sluggish in this home game encounter with the “Lancers.” They did manage to score first, but still found themselves trailing at halftime. The offense then got into its usual gear and then went into overdrive to cement the victory with very stout defense. Head Coach Kevin Pearson had this to say about his team’s pivotal Angelus League match-up. “We played a very good Harvard-Westlake team that came in with only 2 losses, one to Loyola and the other to St. Francis. They were tied with St. Francis at 7-7 before St. Francis eventually won by 21-7. In our game tonight, we scored first, but then our defense gave up 15 consecutive points to trail 15-7 at halftime. We struggled offensively in the first half, but in the second half we turned it on and scored 21 points in the 3rd quarter to take a 35-21 lead. Andrew Tovar finished with 259 yards, 3 TDs, and no interceptions. Renard Bell and Cameron Haney both gained over 100 yards on the ground and scored a touchdown each. On defense, Moli Tai had an outstanding game with 14 tackles, Jesse Audelo, Jr. had 2 interceptions and caused a fumble, Aisea Ahoia forced a fumble on their last possession and then we ran out the clock for the victory. The Star of the Night on defense was Jordan Franklin who had 10 tackles and 2 sacks.” A Special mention goes out to Noah Johnson with his 10 tackles. This marked a very rare occasion with 3 players (Tai, Franklin, & Johnson) all being credited with double digit tackles in the same game Next: St. Paul @ St.Paul, 10/31/14, 7:30 pm. KP/CHS & RC, Sr./ELASS
Wilson “Mighty Mules” 27 Sotomayor “Wolves” 7 Recap: Head Coach Eddie Martinez summed up his team’s victory with these post-game comments. “We extended our win streak to 2 games with our win tonight over the Sotomayor “Wolves.” It was our special “Throwback Jersey Night” as the 2014 “Mighty Mules” honored the 1972 Northern League Champions and the City Section’s Semi-Finalist team of that great Wilson High School Championship era. In our game this evening, Junior Running Back, Elijah Collins, got us on the scoreboard with a huge crowd-pleasing 55 yd. run. However, and unfortunately, he had to leave the game later due to an injury he sustained. Re-kindling the badly needed offensive production were our QB, A.J. Wright who scored on a 1 yard sneak, our other Junior Running Back, Michael Molina, who also scored on a 1 yard run, and lastly, our Captain and Senior Linebacker, Arthur Duarte, who finished the scoring with an 85 yard interception-pick 6 return.” The Mules are currently ranked in the 15th spot in the Maxpreps Playoff prediction scheme and will need to “win-out” to secure a finish in the top 16 teams that qualify for the Division 3 tournament. In Northern League play, the “Mighty Mules” presently occupy 4th place. Rest asssured that Coach Martinez will have his team primed and ready to go for a strong finish. Next: Marshall @ Wilson, 10/30/14, 7 pm EM/WHS-RC, Sr./ELASS
Salesian “Mustangs” 14 La Salle 7 “Lancers” Recap: The “Mustangs” showed their stinginess in allowing the “Lancers” offensive unit to score on them. In a defensive match-up in this critical Angelus League game, Salesian put up just enough points to win. As the saying goes, “a win, is a win, is a win.” They’ll gladly take it, improve on their record, and now move on to their next opponent. In this game, team stats reflected the following: total number of plays favored Salesian 73-66, while the number of 1st downs ended with 18 each. So basically, it was a defensive struggle until the Mustangs were able to score in the 2nd and 3rd quarters. La Salle finally scored in the last period. According to the Maxpreps Playoff prediction poll, the Mustangs are currently ranked in the 12th spot for the CIF/Southern Section’s Division Southeast (V). In the Angelus League, the Mustangs are currently tied for 2nd place with Cathedral, at 2-1 records. Players of the Game (POG)-Offensive: SR/QB/Damion Wright continues to impress and lead his team with a combined 1,160 yds of total offense coming on/55 compl-823 yds/53 car-336 yds/9 passing & 3 rushing TDs. Defensive: SR/LB-RB/Kyahva Tezino has also compiled impressive stats with his team-leading 57 tackles/46 solos -11 assts/2 sacks. Next: Harvard-Westlake @ H-W, Friday, 10/31/14 RC, Sr./ELASS
South East “Jaguars” 43 Roosevelt “Rough Riders” 35 Recap: In a wide-open and good old fashioned “shoot out,” the visiting “Jaguars” managed to light up the scoreboard just a few more times than their Eastern League opponent. The Riders trailed at half by a score of 28-21, thanks in great part to the playing of Francisco Valencia. South East scored 15 points in the 2nd hald while the “Riders” put up 14 to keep pace. However, the damage was done in the 2nd quarter when Roosevelt’s defense gave up 21 points. Not to forget that Coach Cid was at a very big disadvantage personnel-wise, due to the suspension of two key players for this game, resulting from their ejection in the South Gate game on 10/17/14. The Riders slipped downward in the League standings with this loss and now stand at 2-2, landing them 4th place. Their chances of advancing to the playoffs are still possible, although they are currently ranked by Maxpreps in the 16th spot right behind South East. As always, seeding will be a big factor in their quest to advance in the playoff rounds. The Maxpreps selected Players of the Game (POG) – Overall: Francisco Valencia/JR/RB-SS/25 car/143 yds/2 TDs/1 rushing-1 receivng; Offensive: Justin Avila/JR/WR/4 recps-62 yds/15.5 ave. per recp; Defensive: Arturo Rios/JR/OT/6-2/280. Next: Huntington Park @ Roosevelt, Thursday, 10/30/14, 7 pm RC, Sr./ELASS
Franklin “Panthers” 41 Torres “Toros” 0 Recap: Head Coach Peter Cuevas and his “Toros” have had their roughest and most disappointing season in his four year tenure at the helm. Nonetheless, the games must be played and despite their winless season to date, the team will have to adjust and Coach Cuevas will have to make decisons in looking forward to next season, building on it with a strong nucleus of returning underclassmen. The Franklin “Panthers” were simply too much to handle based on their overall game plan in executing their offensive and defensive schemes. Their offense took advantage of an inexperienced Torres secondary and scored easily via their passing game. When it came time for the Toros to go on offense they couldn’t put together any sustained drives that led to scoring opportunities. The score at halftime was 21-0 in favor of the Panthers. In the second half, Franklin’s 1st year Head Coach, Narciso Diaz, used many of his 2nd unit and reserve players to gain valuable playing experience and close out the game. Coach Cuevas continues to ask his players to work hard and to think positive despite the curent circumstances that have affected them adversely this season. The rehabilitation period for All-City DE/John Gonzalez has been good, but his medical team has informed Coach Cuevas that he will sit out the rest of the season. Toro game stats reflect the following: Offense–Passing: Michael Alvarez/QB 4/8-85 yds; Rushing: Andres Leon 3/43 yds; Gabriel Alas 10/78 yds; Robert Castro 9/90 yds; Ruben Osorio 4/40 yds. Receiving: Ruben Osorio 1/27 & Robert Castro 4/58. Defense: Jorge Molina/4 tckls/3 assts; Robert Castro/3 tckls-5 assts; Ruben Osorio/3 tckls-4 assts; Bryan Moreno/5 tckls-4 asst; & Jonathan Morales/3 tckls. Next: Eagle Rock @ Eagle Rock, Thursday, 10/30/14, 7 pm PC/THS-RC, Sr./ELASS