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Garfield “Bulldogs” (32) Venice “Gondoliers” (25) Recap: The Pride of East L.A., the Garfield “Bulldogs,” packed their equipment bags, boarded the big school bus, and traveled West to Venice to confront the highly-ranked, “Gondoliers,” and their Head Coach Angelo Gasca. This marked the second consecutive pre-season game between these two well-established programs. In a highly anticipated match-up between Venice’s offense & Garfield’s’s defense, the crowd settled in for a Friday Night that kept students and fans in their seats until the final horn sounded. The result…a huge road win for the “Bulldogs.” Head Coach, Lorenzo Hernandez’s post-game comment: “We needed to position and solidify ourselves as a Div. 1 contender and I think we accomplished that by winning on the road against a great Venice program.” About the pre-season..”we needed to play flawless against San Clemente and Edison, but we fell short. However, our kids never ever gave up. Players who are playing key roles thus far… Stevie Williams/QB-CB-WR, a very humble and unselfish young man, who has matured and grown in all aspects–academically as well as football. Cleo Session, Jr./WR-CB and Chris Alexander/Sr./LB-TE/ have provided big gains on offense. On defense, Joseph Silva/Jr/LB/ and Jacquan Shaw/So/LB-FB/roam at LBs and have stopped most opponents that want to attack the middle. Marquis Williams/Jr/WR-CB/ is a lock-down cornerback.” “Players of the Game“ – (Offense): Stevie Williams/QB/9-11 passes -125 yds/9 rushes-93 yds/2 TDs. (Defense): Joseph Silva with 10 tackles (3 solos-7 assts). The Bulldogs’ (2-2) Eastern League opener, is on 9.26.14 @ Bell “Eagles.” LH & FS/GHS & RC/ELASS
South Gate “Rams” (49) Franklin “Panthers” (19) Recap: The Rams opened fire immediately on their opponent and couldn’t be stopped by the Franklin defensive unit all evening long. Rounding into mid-season form, the Rams used their vaunted running attack propelled by All-City RB/Lavell Thompson. The air attack was capably guided by QB/Alex Toro. Throw in solid defense led by MLB/Jonathan Estrada and you have the formula for victory. Head Coach, Jose Casagran, on the Eastern League outlook…”After 4 games, we will be the most competitive league in the L.A. City Section. I still see Garfield as the team to beat. They have played the toughest schedule so far and will just improve going forward. The next group is up for grabs. Roosevelt, South East, Huntington Park and us are all capable of beating each other, or Garfield, on any given night.” On his Rams…”We have played harder this season than at any point in the last two years. That is what I’m prouder of than anything else. We have also executed better than before on both sides of the ball although we still have plenty of room to improve. If our O-line continues to improve, we will be a legitimate threat to win the Div. 2 title, but right now we are a work in progress. To be successful, we also need to stay healthy as all teams must do.“Players Of the Game“ (Offense):Lavell Thompson/Sr/RB/6 carries-125 yds/3 catches-74 yds; Antonio Washington/Sr/WR-CB-FS/2 rushes-71 yds/1 catch-40 yds/1 Int-40 yds for TD/2 TDs; (Defense): Efren Tercero/Sr/ILB/10 tackles (5 solos-5 assts)/1 sack; & Jonathan Estrada/Jr/RB-MLB/8 tackles/4 solo-4 assts/1 QB hurry. The Rams have a Bye this week. Next game: Friday, 10/3/14 @ L.A. Jordan “Bulldogs” JC -ES/SGHS & RC/ELASS
Cathedral “Phantoms” (45) Washington Prep. “Generals” (0) Recap: The Phantoms wasted no time in starting the scoring en route to a very easy win over the host, “Generals.” Continuing to grow in confidence as each week comes and another non-conference opponent is defeated, Head Coach Kevin Pearson, is always the first to admit that the season is still young, and his work is very much still in progress. With the score 38-0 at halftime, the Phantoms were merciful in the 2nd half, scoring only once. “Players of the Game” for the Phantoms included: (Overall) QB/Andrew Tovar, 17-24 passes-248 yds/5 TDs; (Offensive) RB/Marshaun Cameron/ 5 recp-29 yds./2 TDs; Aaron Moore/3 grabs-93 yds; (Defensive) Aisea Ahoia /9 tackles (5 solo-4 assts)/2 sacks/2 tackles for losses. Cathedral ranks #4 in the State’s CIF/SS Div. Southeast (V). Angelus League Stat Leaders (after 3 games): QB/Andrew Tovar, 793 passing yds, #2); WR/Aaron Moore, 290 receiving yds, #2 LB/Aisea Ahoia, 3.0 sacks; CB/Christian Daniel, 1 INT. Next: Dorsey “Dons” at Home, 9/26/14. This will be a non-conference-intersectional game. RC/ELASS
Alhambra “Moors” (15) Wilson “Mules” (13) Recap: This was a tough loss for the Mules, as they came oh, so close to pulling out the victory on the road in this final non-conference game of the season. The “end of game,” “2 minute- drill” or possession with “Under A Minute” remaining in the game scenarios all played a crucial role in the Mules attempt to score on its final drive. However, the clock was its biggest enemy. A big lesson learned!! Selected player stats for this game are the following: Arthur Duarte/Sr/TE-LB/ 11 yd TD pass from A.J.Wright/QB in the 1st quarter and Michael Molina/Jr/RB-LB/ who scored on a 1 yd run in the 4th quarter. The Moors scored on a 2 pt. conversion after their first 2nd quarter score and this proved to be the difference in the margin of victory. Both teams were scoreless in the 1st and 3rd quarters of the game. When asked to give his assessment with a “look back” at the non-conference slate of games, and a quick “look forward” to the Northern League, “Mighty Mules” Head Coach, Eddie Martinez, offered these comments. “With the close of the pre-season, we finished with a 1-3 record. Injuries to 3 “key” starters and a young group of underclassmen made it a tough stretch.” He went on to add: “Our young players now have 4 games under their belts, so it is time for them to step up.” The Mules open Northern league play at Home against the defending league champs, Eagle Rock “Eagles” on 9.26.14 This game will be featured as “Cancer Awareness Night.” EM/WHS & RC/ELASS
Loyola “Cubs” (31) Salesian “Mustangs” (6) Recap: The drama and excitement is now over with this highly awaited clash of the Catholic Preps in Metro L.A. The winner is …Loyola, and by a convincing margin of 25 points. The “Cubs” (3-0) went to work with their overpowering O-Line, massive D-Line, agile LBs, and big lion-like CBs. Spell it anyway you want, and it was the recipe for a win. Although ranked #7 in the State’s CIF/SS Div. Southeast (V), the “Mustangs” (1-3) welcomed the rare challenge of playing a CIF force/tradition like Loyola. It should greatly prepare them for the Angelus league that starts in two weeks. Standing tall to the very end for the Mustangs in this match-up were the following veteran players: (Offense): Deommodore Lenoir/11 carries-100 yds/1 TD/10 tackles (7 solo-3 assts); Kyhava Tezino/12 rushes -125 yds; (Defense): Damion Wright/13 tackles (8 solos-5 assts)/Jeremy Kelly/10 tackles (4 solos-6 assts); and Sergio Guevara/Sr/6-4, 300/OL-DL/ for his Outstanding play on both sides of the ball. Next : Bakersfield “Drillers” (2-1) at Home, 9.26.14. The Drillers already hold non-conference wins over powerhouses Oaks Christian (34-21) and Crenshaw (48-12). The loss came at the hands of Edison (15-14) in game #2. RC/ELASS
University “Wildcats” (34) Lincoln “Tigers” (6) Recap: The “Tigers” (1-3) didn’t fare too well versus a strong and very “hungry for victory” West L.A.’s University “Wildcats.” The game was settled in the 1st half when the “Tiger” defense began to break down in in its secondary coverage. While up front on the D-Line, the visitors’ running backs were adding on the yards with scoring-drive after scoring-drive. The half time score was Uni (20) Lincoln (6). The Wildcat defense completely shut down QB/Albert Buenrostro, holding him to only 48 total passing yards, while limiting his “Go-To” WR/Dakota Ridegway, to just 20 yds. for the entire game. The Wildcat defense also did a creditable job in holding the Tiger ball carriers to only 11 net yards for the game. On the other hand, the Tiger defensive “shout outs” for this non-conference loss go to Justin Garcia/10 tackles/(6 solos-4 assts) and John Chan (7 tackles/(6 solos-1 asst). And for the 4th consecutive game, no sign of their best WR/Brandon Oroxon, due to his hamstring injury. Coach Carrillo is still hopeful that he may return to play at some point in the season. Next: Marshall “Barristers” (1-3) at Home, 9.26.14. The game will mark Lincoln’s Kenny Washington, Jr. Memorial Game IV and “Throwback Jersey“ night for both schools. RC/ELASS
Cesar Chavez “Eagles” (34) Torres “Toros” (7) Recap: The “Toros” traveled away from the friendly confines of their home field, after 3 consecutive games, and went on the road for the first time this season to face the Cesar Chavez HS “Eagles” (2-2) in San Fernando. The Toros couldn’t get anything going offensively after their first score in quarter #1 and again fell victim to their turnover hex as they surrendered the ball on too many occasions. The Toro defense, allowed the Eagles to rack up 229 yds while allowing 4 TDs via the air attack. The Toros D-Line was ineffective at stopping the running game, allowing Eagle runners to amass 193 yds in rushing. After scoring on their first possession of the game, the Toros then were put in lockdown mode and never threatened to score for the rest of the game. Coach Peter Cuevas is still refining and re-defining his key position players with each new opponent they face on their tough 2014 schedule. He knows that the Northern League will be a big test for the team as the “second season within the season“ unfolds this Friday with the start of Northern League play. Next: @ Home vs. Sonia Sotomayor HS “Wolves” (0-4). RC/ELASS
Roosevelt “Rough Riders” (2-2) – Bye Week/Did Not Play. Next Game: 9/26/14 @ L.A. Jordan HS “Bulldogs”(0-4). Kick-off at 3:30 pm. 1st Eastern League game. RC/ELASS