(East Los Angeles, CA) November 3, 2021 [Special Note From The Editor]: With sincerest apologies to all of our fans, we are now releasing content that has been backlogged due to various situations experienced within my production chain. We now bring you the Roosevelt vs. South Gate and then the Roosevelt vs. Bell games. These will be followed by our presentation of the “East L.A. Classic” by late this weekend or early next week. Thanking you in advance for your patience and your loyal following.
(Game Summary): The Roosevelt vs. South Gate game was a crucial matchup in the Eastern League and the slight advantage favored the Rams since it was their home game and the Riders were coming back to play from their “Bye” week. East L.A. Sports Scene was granted permission to cover the game by South Gate and you can view it in its entirety right here in this post.
(Game Recap): The Riders came into the contest with a (5-2) overall record and a (2-1) Eastern League record. South Gate entered with a (5-1) overall, and a (2-0) League mark. Both teams basically came out slugging in heavy artillery styles with So. Gate putting up the first score at the (10:17) minute mark when QB/#1/James Camacho connected with his WR/#4/Terryonte Taylor on a fly pattern for a 60 yard sideline TD reception. He was in “man-on-man” coverage with CB/Eddie German and simply out jumped him for the catch. Head Coach, Erik Torres decided to place-kick for his Point-After-Touchdown (PAT), and it was good by P/PK/DL/#50/Bryan Contreras. Score: Rams 7, Riders 0.
The Riders answered right back with their own TD drive at the (7:29) minute mark, when Julian Quezada took off after taking in a “toss-right” pitch from QB/James Cortez. The 2 point conversion was good by Quezada. New Score: Roosevelt 8 So. Gate 7. (Of Significance): Signs of restoring the Riders effective running game were heightened when #5/WB/Jared Andrade was completely returned to action and also played his linebacking position.
After a scoring drive, brought about by a fumble recovery at the South Gate 40 yard line, and accented by a Quezada short run to pay-dirt, at the (2:07) mark, plus another successful two-point conversion run by Alfaro, Roosevelt then made it a (16-7) game in their favor. That would end the scoring for the opening quarter of play.
The Rams then got busy again early in the period when #1/QB James Camacho started using his read-pass-options (RPOs) and moved the Rams successfully on the ground with his sprint outs to inside the Riders 40 yard line. Then an unsportsmanlike penalty was called against the Riders and that moved the ball much closer to the goal line. After a few running attempts from the five yard line, O’Neal scored on a three yard run at the (10:56) minute mark of the 2nd quarter. The score was now Roosevelt 16 South Gate 14.
South Gate managed to stifle the Riders offense at this point in the half. But at the (8:00) minute mark, Coach Torres called for #3/RB/Tyrek O’Neal, to blow out of the backfield from his own 30 yard line. He then sailed into the secondary, and turned on his jets to sprint all the way down to the Riders 3 yard line. Camacho would then score on a QB keeper at the (7:03) minute mark on the next play, making the score South Gate 20 Roosevelt 16. The Contreras PAT was partially blocked by the Riders, nullifying the extra point. The score remained (20-16) in favor of the Rams.
(Halftime Score): South Gate 20 Roosevelt 16
The third quarter was scoreless and defensively dominant as both teams missed good scoring opportunities that were denied by either fumbles or penalties.
The fourth quarter was a near duplicate of the 3rd, until the final 3 minutes of the game. The Rams were driving and on the Riders 30 yard line as the clock was winding down. But then, South Gate QB/#1/Camacho mishandled the snap from his center and couldn’t grip it tightly enough. That’s when the alert defensive instincts of LB/#9/Alex Arroyo took over and he managed to separate Camacho from the ball as he tackled him to the ground. He then recovered it after a brief skirmish on the turf, and the Riders were back in business as the clock moved down to the 2:00 minute mark.
Head Coach Parral called a few strategic timeouts to orientate his squad in preparation for one final winning drive. First, he caught the Rams secondary napping when he unfolded his Wingback Passing Option (WPO) with #8/Johan Alfaro. On that play-call, he found Andrade behind his defender. He completed the pass down to the Rams 30 yd. line. After a few more plays and a first down, the clock had reached the (:13) second mark. One more play put the ball at the Rams 15 yard line. The call went to Julian Quezada for “toss-left” and it appeared that he scooted in untouched for the “game-winning” TD.
But hold everything right there. A penalty flag was thrown by the Crew Chief who spotted a Rider lineman grab at his opponents jersey. Unknown to most of the players and the crowd, the Referee ruled that the game was not over, because by rule, a game cannot end on a penalty. He then called for the ball to be placed back on the field and thus nullifying score. The final play of the game that the Riders were granted, with no time the clock, never got going as Quezada was tackled for a 10 yard loss ending the game.
(FINAL SCORE): South Gate 20 Roosevelt 16.
Here is the post-game comment from Roosevelt’s Head Coach, Aldo Parral. “This South Gate game added another exciting chapter to the many battles between both schools. Unfortunately, we came up short and could not pull it out. The Rams did a great job of shutting us down after the first quarter. Again, we continued our pattern of too many penalties and hurt our chances of converting and continuing our drives. Defensively we played an excellent game and were able to get 4 turnovers.”
He closed with this statement..“How far we go the remainder of the year will depend on our ability to limit or eliminate mistakes so we can give ourselves the best opportunity to move the ball and score.”