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Rough Riders Remain Undefeated After 5 In-A-Row

Riders Playing With Growing Confidence

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(Boyle Heights/East Los Angeles, CA) [From The Editor’s Desk]: Head Coach Aldo Parral and his 2022 Roosevelt Rough Riders are drawing quite a bit of attention to themselves due to their incredible and undefeated start. Most teams in any sport that win in this way with impressive streaks, usually bring their fans to come up with a catchy descriptor. We’ve latched onto the phrase, “La Máquina” or “The Machine,” because they have won the first 5 weeks of the season and The Machine just keeps rolling non-stop over its opponents.

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This week, the Eastern League openers all took place, with Roosevelt, once again on the “road” as they traveled this time to the City of Huntington, Park, CA,  just southeast of Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles. This game marked the official start of the CIF/L.A. City Section’s league play, and the Riders were anxious to match-up with their first Eastern League opponent, the Huntington Park Spartans.

The change of seasons was in the air after all of Southern Calif. suffered through that agonizing ten day “heat wave.” Fall was now in the air and fans were wearing their most comfortable attire. Let’s see how the Riders did in this game.

GAME SUMMARY

The Riders won the opening coin flip and you might also say, everything else on a beautiful but cool Friday evening. The defense pitched a shutout till the last quarter when reserves were sent in to close out the game. Huntington Park’s first drive of the game resulted in a fumble after a tremendous sack by Middle Linebacker, Alexander Arroyo.

On Roosevelt’s first possession and first play from scrimmage #8/Johan Alfaro, fumbled the ball back to HPk. After a few plays, Arroyo caused another fumble that gave possession back to the Riders. And then right on time, after a few more plays, Rider quarterback, #10/Isaac Huerta, scored a touchdown from 3 yards out. The 2-point conversion by Arroyo made the score, Roosevelt 8, HPk 0.

On HPk’s next possession, #27/Peter Quijas intercepted a pass at midfield. On that Rough Rider forced turnover, wingback, Isaiah Wright, subsequently took a pitch and navigated his way through the Spartan defense for a 48 yard TD romp. The 2-point conversion failed. The scoreboard now showed Roosevelt 14-HPk 0.

To start the second period, Roosevelt started at their own 35 yard line. Alfaro took a reverse run for a 66 yard scoring sprint. The 2-point conversion by #3/Naszeer Reed, was good and put Roosevelt up by a margin of 22-0.

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Near the end of the second period, Roosevelt’s #8/Johan Alfaro, took the ball in from 8 yards out to cap a 9 play, 65 yard drive for their fourth touchdown of the night. Arroyo, now becoming known as “Mr. Reliable,” when called upon for the 2-point conversion, punched it in for a score of, Roosevelt 30-HPk 0.

[HALFTIME SCORE]: Rough Riders  30  HPk  0

In the third period, the Riders took 8 plays to cover 74 yards for a score. Arroyo, playing an all-around and dynamic game on both sides of the ball, had a reception and rushed the ball in 7 yards for the score. A highly productive and deceptive wingback, Reed, converted the 2-point score, with the scoreboard showing Roosevelt up with a (38-0) commanding lead over the Spartans.

As the third period was about to end, Alfaro, threw a 66 yard dart to a wide-open Wright, for the final touchdown of the night giving the Riders that insurmountable lead at (44-0). The fourth quarter was played by Roosevelt’s reserves and HPk was able to register their only score of the evening.

[FINAL SCORE]: Roosevelt  44   Huntington Park  6

[NEXT UP]: At Southeast Jaguars, Friday, Sept. 23rd. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM.

Coach Parral’s Corner

1) On …..how much going undefeated has meant to you, your coaching staff, the team, the alumni, and the student body for these first 5 games

“I think it’s a great accomplishment and a tribute to what we are doing as a program. It is not like we are playing creampuffs. It is pretty good competition and exposes us to athleticism and speed.

As a staff, we are all proud of the boys and their performance. It is always a pleasure to see your efforts being implemented on the field. The team itself is very confident in their ability to continue having success on the field because they are prepared for the opponents we have been facing to date. The only concern is that they not get caught up in the clippings and the hype, and start believing what is being said or portrayed by others.

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The Alumni have been very supportive and shared many positive comments on social media and the circles they are around. Finally, the school has a very positive vibe and many new students have demonstrated an interest in playing ball. Many have shared positive words with players and we hope that our success translates into the classroom and kids wanting to be at school. I cannot believe how many people are asking when our next home game is so they can go out and support.”

2) On…how the offense exploits weaknesses of the defenses that they’ve encountered up to now in the schedule…

“It is tough for opponents to replicate what we do in just a few days as they prepare for us. We count on teams not being able to figure out who is carrying the ball. Also, we, as a staff, look at where they line up and will attack the side of the ball with fewer numbers. It is a simple offense but also very complex as to how we run it, kind of like a real fine watch in its precision.”

3) On …..how the spirits and memories of Coach Dickie Guillen & Santos Rivera have motivated the team thus far…

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“The team has these two members of our family in the forefront. The kids break from group activities with ‘Dickie’ and ‘Santos’ cries. It is amazing how they initiate these calls and genuinely invoke their remembrance. One day I heard a freshman mention to a teammate on the JV squad how he looked up a game that Santos had played in. The young man’s comment was simply, ‘he was a BEAST’”.

4) Other comments

“Visiting HP last Friday was good for our program and coaching staff. Many of us have a personal relationship with HP’s Head Coach Saul Jimenez. Many have coached with him and even played for him, like my son AJ. Saul is a good man and an excellent X’s and O’s guy. He has turned that program around. I saw a lot of numbers on their sideline, they will be a power soon enough under his leadership, my respects for Saul.

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