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2nd Round Playoffs (Quarterfinals) – Prep Football Round-Up, Week #13 – 11.21.14

images-6EDITOR’S images-41NOTE:  Welcome to the second Deluxe edition of our season-long Round-Up, and now, our ongoing “Playoff” coverage, complete with several team photo galleries. High School football Fans, this is what we’ve been waiting for. Here is more Fantastic news! The Semifinals have arrived for Garfield, South Gate, and Salesian. Again, we strongly encourage you to make serious plans to support your team. Congrats to all!! Do read this week’s posting with the results and then“Share” and“Like”  it with as many friends as possible. We have been very diligent in our coverage and we truly hope that you’ve enjoyed reading about all of our teams for this inaugural season. So glad we could so easily connect with all of you via the internet and East LA Sports Scene.Com. Please continue to visit us and view our library of works!
VIEWER ALERT! —–LAST RECRUITMENT CALL & REMINDER FOR PLAYERS & PARENTS! Remember the grammar school phrase of  the 3 RsReading, Riting, and ‘Rithmetic. Well, let’s just add one more R  word on to it and we have Recruiting. You are in a good position to connect those who may not know of the valuable Elite Football Network (EFN) recruiting tool that is available for FREE. 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 has ended for most players. Recruitment is still possible to use in your conversations if you take advantage of our pending feature on this topic for Seniors and/or varsity players who want to start their process NOW, rather than later. If you are interested in more info, then please read on. As the old saying goes,“You Have Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain!!”  This is an“Urgent” reminder. You only need to take a few minutes to immediately enroll On-line through the EliteSportsNetwork.Com website and register for their FREE  service. It may 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./East LA Sports Scene.Com
 CREDITS: sixtysixdesignstudios (South Gate helmet); AR/Garfield photos; Javier Cortes, Lincoln photos; Daniel Barcenas, Cathedral photos; The Burbank Leader (Salesian v Burbank photo); maxpreps.com

 

RESULTS FROM 2nd ROUND PLAYOFFS – L.A. CITY SECTION & CIF-SS 

 

            Garfield “BGarfieldBulldogsHelmet2ulldogs”  48  Birmingham “Patriots” 21                                Recap: The #2 seeded “Bulldogs”  protected their home field and“Dawg House”  in a most convincing win over the visiting “Patriots” from Lake Balboa, CA. This marked their second win in a row over an opponent from the San Fernando Valley. Head Coach Lorenzo Hernandez answered this way when asked for his assessment of the match-up. “Our boys played to prove a point, as many Valley area coaches doubted and questioned the fact that we were seeded #2. Albert Molina provided a big punch for us in our “ground game,”  while Cleo Session, Jr. and Stevie Williams connected through our “air attack.”  Our starting defensive unit played great, holding them to just 12 points in the 1st half. And with 8:39 left in the 4th, plus a running clock, our JV football players that were moved up, came in to obtain some valuable experience. We are honored to be the first Garfield team to play in a semifinal game in this new format at Division I.” Coach Hernandez made these remarks about his semifinal match-up with the powerful Narbonne Gauchos. “We host an opponent that has been in the Division-I championship game the last three years and know we have a monumental task ahead. But I don’t think we would have it any other way. To get to the title game you have to prove that you can beat a top Marine League team. We do understand that we face a Goliath but we will give it a go and count on our kids to follow what they have been taught all season-long by their coaches. It’s a great time to be a Bulldog and I am honored to serve as the Coach of a great bunch of kids, coaches, staff members and community that believe in one another and understand the history that we are writing.” The Bulldogs Offensive Co-Players of the Game in this quarterfinal were: QB/Stevie Williams/8 compl-15 attmpts/159 yds/2 TDs; RB/Albert Molina/20 car-178 yds/2 TDs; WR/Cleo Session, Jr./3 recps-85 yds/1 rushing TD/1 receiving TD/1 INT; and PK/Aaron Rocha/7 PATS/7 points. Defensive Co-Players were: LB/Joseph Silva/7 tckls/1 solo-6 assts/1 sack/1 fumble recvry; and LB/Chris Alexander/6 tckls-6 solos   Next: Semifinal Game/#3 Narbonne (Marine League) @ Garfield, 11/28/14, 7 pm    LH/GHS-RC, Sr./East LA Sports Scene.Com  

 

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                       South G10577037_10152229762882967_1848504156439420543_nate “Rams”  41   University “Wildcats” 28                                Recap: South Gate’s Head Coach, Jose Casagran will be the first to tell you that he believes in the age-old addage of“practice makes perfect,” but only to the  degree of possibly“near-perfect.”  The Rams are continuing to trend very strongly in their quest to return to the City’s Division II Championship game on December 6th. But, he’ll also be the first to tell everyone that his team is still not where he wants it to be. The Rams are still very much, a work in progress, but a mighty fine one at that, from our perspective. Here are Coach Casagran’s quarterfinal post-game remarks. “The game against University was tough, just as I thought it would be. Coach Lowe does a good job preparing his team and I knew beating them twice in the season was not going to be an easy chore. They were big, athletic, fast and they played hard. But our team showed a lot of character and a lot of heart. We battled them hard the entire game and came away with a tough, but well-earned victory.” When asked about their next opponennt, the #1 seeded Yankees of Hamilton High, Coach responded with “they look very good and solid on film. They should be one of the better, if not the best teams we’ll play this season, so I know they’re going to be a big challenge. But we’re looking forward to it, since nothing this season has come easy, just as it is in life.” The difference in this huge win was the “ground and pound” game that the Rams execute so well, due to the many talented running backs led by their All-City player, SR/Lavell Thompson. The running back trio of Thompson, Washington, and Shaw III, combined for a staggering 321 rushing yds. in the game. With that, the victory was secured although the final score did not reflect the closeness of the game. Surpisingly, the Rams trailed at half by a 21-14 score. It see-sawed back and forth through the end of the 3rd quarter when it was tied at 28-28. But the Rams went into overdrive in the last period as they put up two more rushing TDs, stretching the lead to its final count at 41-28. Providing“Big Game”  performances on the neutral field at Venice High, and selected as our Offensive Co-Players of the Game were: RB/Lavell Thompson/13 car-83 yds/2 rushing TDs/6 yds & 11 yds; RB/James Shaw III/4 car-83 yds/2 rushing TDs/61 yds & 15 yds; WR/Antonio Washington/4 rushes-153 yds/1 TD rushng/47 yds; QB/Andrew Toro/8 compl-25 attmpts/125 yds/1 rushing TD/1 passing TD; and PK/Hector Carranza/6-7 PATS/6 points. On Defense: By committee, we selected Jonathan Estrada, Francisco Gallegos, Antonio Olivares, Cesar Bobadilla, Geo Toro, and Wendell Findley. Wishing the Rams “All the Best” in another crucial match-up as they keep their “Eyes on the Prize!” Next: Semifinal Game/#1 Hamilton (Western League Champions) @ Hamilton, 11/28/14 at 7 pm.   JC/SGHS-RC, Sr./East LA Sports Scene.Com

 

 

1361426868_salesian_mustangs                       Salesian “Mustangs”  48    Burbank “Bulldogs” 27                                 Recap: The “Mustangs” continue to remarkably prove their superiority on the 100 yard“Field of Play”  in this most memorable playoff run to the Division Southeast V Championship. Two down and two more to go for Head Coach Angelo Jackson’s disciplined and respect-earning team. In our analysis of the lop-sided win over the Burbank“Bulldogs,”  the Mustangs were too quick, too determined, and just too athletic for their opponent to stay competitive for the entire 48 minutes of Friday Night Lights! Scoring on a variety of plays and capitalizing on forced turnovers, the Mustangs galloped around the field at will. In recapping the offensive game flow, RB/Kyahva Tezino, rushed for 148 yards on 13 carries and scored twice. His first came on a 7 yd. run in the first quarter giving the Mustangs their initial score. Salesian’s second TD was a result of a 29-yd. scamper by RB/Deommodore Lenoir that also came in the 1st quarter. The “Bulldogs” answered that TD in the 2nd quarter to tie the score at 14-14 as the clock was winding down in the half. However, just before the buzzer sounded the end of the half, the Mustangs struck again on a 12-yard run by RB/Urael Blackshear, giving them a 20-14 lead going into the locker room. On Salesian’s first possession of the second half, QB/Damion Wright scored on a spectacular 62 yd. run to extend the lead to 27-14. Then with just 2 minutes left in the 3rd period, Tezino hit paydirt again with a 3 yd. run making the score, 34-14. Both teams exchanged a pair of touchdowns in the 4th period. WR/Jeremy Kelly caught a 22-yard TD pass to make it 41-20 and on Downey’s next possession, DL/Kevin Scott scored on a 22 yard “Pick-6” giving the Mustangs a 48-20 advantage with just 5 minutes remaining. Burbank scored their last TD in the final minute of play. The headline story of these 2014 CIF/SS playoffs has to be the #15 seeded “Mustangs,” as they have blasted through two higher seeded opponents and left nothing but devastation and destruction in their wake. In what is looming as the “Game of the Year” against the Downey “Vikings” in the Semifinal match-up, look for a huge Salesian fan base to fill the stands in Downey. “Fired Up and Ready To Go!” is the chant heard daily on the Boyle Heights campus. Keep in mind that Salesian captured the Northeast Division championship last season and would like nothing more than to add on the Southeast Championship in two more weeks. Next: Semifinal Game/Downey“Vikings” (#1 San Gabriel Valley League)@ Downey, 11/28/14, 7:30 pm. RC, Sr./East LA Sports Scene.Com
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Mustang runner tries to evade a moving wall of Burbank defenders on this play. Photo Credit: Roger Wilson, Staff Photographer/Burbank Leader, 11/21/14.

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 Unknown                           Downey “Vikings”  21     Cathedral “Phantoms”  18                                Recap: A better script or scenario couldn’t have been written or created for Head Coach, Kevin Pearson and the “Phantoms”  on this special Friday Night Playoff – CIF/SS Division Southeast V game—#1) this was a home game; #2) the team, riding a 4 game winning streak, had tasted defeat only once all season; and #3) the fan-base was amped up just as much as the players. But, things have a strange way of twisting and changing, either very quickly or very gradually during the course of a 4 quarter high school football game. And that’s what apparently happened to the Phantoms in their game against the #1 team from the San Gabriel Valley Conference, the DowneyVikings.  Let’s review the game to learn what happened. Both teams played it very close to the vest in the first half, indicative of the halftime score of 7-6 in favor of Downey. In the scoring recap, Cathedral scored in the 2nd quarter on a pass from Andrew Tovar to Ronald Bell. Their first 2 pt. converison failed. Downey scored just before the half ended when Viking defender, Jason Thomas returned a “Pick-6” for a TD. Their PAT was good. In the 2nd half, team offenses began to click. The Phantoms then asserted their “air attack” when Tovar connected for two more TDs with Bell. Unfortnuately, after these two scores, one 2 pt conversions and 1 PAT were unsuccessful, leaving a 3 point gap in scoring that would become a crucial factor due to the closeness of the game. Flip that strategy for the Vikings and the record will show that they converted each of their PATs. Simply do the math and there is the difference in the game, 3 points for the margin of victory. On the game, Tovar completed 20-22 passes for 229 yds. and 3 TDs. We congratulate the Phantoms on a very successful season having reached the quarterfinal round of the highly competitive Division Southeast V. No doubt they will return with the same determination and winning attitude for the 2015 season. In closing the book on the season, we’d like to highlight several players who had outstanding seasons: On Offense: 1) Andrew Tovar (So): 12 GP/249 compl-385 attmpts/3,519 total passing yds./293.3 yds per game/45 TDs/8 INTs/85 yds longest compl/124.4 QB Rating; Aaron Moore (Sr) 10 GP/52- 937/18.0/93.7 yds per game/85 longest catch/12 TDs; 3) Marshaun Cameron (Sr) 11 GP/49 recps-657 yds/13.4 yds per ctch/59.7 yds per game/45 longest recp/8 TDs; Ronald Bell (Jr) 11 GP/24 recps-411 yds/7.1 yds per recp/37.4 yds per game/77 yds longest recp/6 TDs. On Defense: Noah Johnson (Sr) 11 GP/35 solos-50 assts/85 tckls/7.7 per game/8.0 tckls for loss; Moli Tai (Sr) 10 GP/22 solos-35 assts/57 tckls/5.7 per game/3.0 tfl; Jordan Franklin (Sr) 10 GP/26 solos-27 assts/ 53 tckls/5.3 per game/4.0 tfl. A Special Thanks to Head Coach Kevin Pearson for his weekly contributions to our Weekly Round-Up and to Daniel Barcenas for access and use of his photo galleries. KP/CHS-RC, Sr./East L A Sports Scene.Com

 

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Unknown-11                   Hamilton “Yankees”   55            Lincoln “Tigers”  7                                        Recap: The Tigers knew their work would be cut out for them as they took to the road for a huge encounter with the #1 seeded Hamilton “Yankees.”  The playoff trail on the road is always a cause for a Coach’s concern and that’s what Head Coach, Alberto “Woody” Carrillo, faced as he prepared his team for their push into this year’s playoffs. But on game day, Hamilton showed a complete dominance in the match-up and cruised to a very wide margin of victory. Coach Carrillo had this post-game comment. “Friday was a very tough game for us. After making a lot of mistakes via the“turnover” route in the first 9 minutes of the game, we allowed Hamilton to secure the game early on. They’re a solid and very experienced team that has been in some big battles and come out victorious in most of them. From their QB to their skilled position players, to their defensive unit, they all came determined to play hard and eventually to win on their home field. Their game against South Gate next week could be a classic!” When asked how he would recall his 2014 team and its season, Coach answered with “making it to the Quarterfinals of the City Section’s Division II playoffs was a great accomplishment for us. In spite of our early season injuries to several key players, we bounced back, found out what we were made of, and then hit our stride to finish strongly in 2nd place in our League with a 5-1 record. I really want to recognize the tremendous athletic efforts and leadership qualities that Seniors Albert Ramirez, Brandon Oroxon, and Dakota Ridgeway displayed all season-long. It has already made a huge impact on our younger players who will take on bigger responsibilities next season. Finally, I want to formally recognize our Junior QB/Albert Buenrostro who will be one of the new and accomplished leaders of our Tiger Football team for 2015. His future and our future are both looking very bright.” To close the book on the Tigers’ season, we would  like to acknowledge Coach Carrillo and his Staff for their excellent coaching as well as Coach Carrillo’s willingness to go the “Extra Mile” in providing East LA Sports Scene.Com with his post-game report for our Weekly Round-Up feature.        AC/LHS-RC, Sr./East LA Sports Scene.Com

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                         GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF OUR REMAINING TEAMS!! 

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