Rosemead-Temple City highlight video
Above: Tra Sumler off and running. It was that kind of night for the Rams defense.
(UPDATED: 11:14 p.m.)
Tra Sumler rushed for 221 yards on 28 carries with two touchdowns to lead Rosemead to a convincing 45-14 win over Temple City on Friday night at Temple City High.
There was nothing the Rams defense was able to do against Sumlar. And to make matters worse, Temple City couldn’t get into any offensive rhythm, going three and out in its first possession.
The Rams went for it on fourth and 5 in the first half twice and both times they were denied. Temple City intercepted Alejandre early in the first half but they couldn’t capitalize while being on Rosemead’s 24.
The Panthers kept getting great field possession in the first half which led to their scores in the first half.
Temple City coach Randy Backus said this was a learning lesson for the Rams and that the last two quarters of the game was an experience that will help them come Rio Hondo League play.
The Rams were just outplayed by the Panthers, but it helps having Sumler on your team.
Did you guys see a dude wearing a black blazer on the sidelines? That was me. I always dress to impress on the weekends. That’s how we young and single guys roll on the weekends.
Anyway, if you saw me then you probably also saw that I had a camera man with me, so we’ll have video highlights and interview on Saturday morning. Hope you all enjoy it.
And to answer someone’s comment on another thread, yes, I’m all over the place. That’s how I roll.
In case you guys missed it on Page 2, Check out my column on a very gentle and funny man. He’s Jim Ellsworth, a beloved Arcadia athletics fan and former longtime assistant football coach for the Apaches. After living cancer-free for 11 years, Ellsworth had a relapse and has been battling the last two years. I got to meet him and his wife at a social last night and it truly was a pleasure.
Tonight’s Games with my thoughts
Rosemead 45, Temple City 12 — Tra Sumler proved to be way too much to handle. Dude was getting all the yards he wanted and finished with 221 yards on 28 carries with two touchdowns. Quarterback Angel Alejandre threw for 211 yards completing 16 of 25 passes with two touchdowns. Temple City couldn’t get anything going on offense, finally scoring in the third and fourth quarters when Morgan Hatch and Kenny Werner connected.
Monrovia 52, La Salle 7 — Marquise Williams rushed for 196 yards on 19 carries with three touchdowns. The kid just needed a few games to get comfortable with the Wing-T offense. Watch out, San Marino!
San Marino 27, Cantwell-Sacred Heart 6 — Steven Wright threw two touchdown passes, the first 59-yards 22 seconds into the game. It was the first play, connecting with Steven Yortsos. The Titans were leading 20-6 at the half. See, Freddy doubted San Marino but I knew better.
Muir 18, Glendale 3 — My boy Jeremy Balan tells me the Mustangs played some bad football. But still, a win is a win and they’re 1-0 to open Pacific League play. It beats being 0-4 like … uh …
Alhambra 43, South Pasadena 14 — Now this is the Alhambra team I was expecting to see all this time. Darrian Cazarin threw three touchdowns and passed for nearly 400 yards passing. High School Heisman candidate? Yeah, I think so. I hear Mitchell Crockom played at tailback. What’s that about? A true measuring stick for the Moors will come when they face South El Monte next week.
Burbank 35, Pasadena 14 — The Bulldogs showed some life but no cigar. Pasadena hurt itself by having 10 penalties in the first half for 90 yards. Pasadena’s defense gave up 300 yards in the air. Oy vey, it’s going to be a loooOOng season for yall Bulldogs fans.
Arcadia 40, Hoover 8 — This was the kind of game the Apaches needed after suffering two losses. Golper should be back for the Glendale game next week so that could be a good one.
Maranatha 62 Mojave 20 — Minutemen didn’t get embarrassed this time.
Duarte 55, Sierra Vista 39 — Nice to see the Falcons get a win. And put up a good amount of points.
Flintridge Prep xx, Webb xx — …waiting….
Pomona 21, Gabrielino 14 — Gabrielino’s offense scored 14 points but still, from what I hear they couldn’t get into a rhythm.
Bosco Tech 42, Salesian 13 — The Tigers lid it up! Wow, nice to see them get a big win under their belt.
St. Francis 17, Rio Mesa 7 — I’m surprised because I thought St. Francis was going to blow away Rio Mesa. But this could be a case where Dietrich Riley and others probably didn’t play much because they weren’t needed.
La Canada 35, Firebaugh 8 — I think I called this win in the paper, right?
Godinez 15, Marshall 7 — This is Godinez’ first varsity season and its first win in school history. It’s going to be a long season for Marshall.
Brawley xx, Blair xx — …waiting….