Thursday Final: Temple City not only scores, but the Rams win, nipping Hoover, 15-14


PAYDIRT!: Temple City scored its first victory of the season Thursday, defeating host Hoover, 15-14.

Staff photo by Sarah Reingewirtz
Thursday’s Result
Temple City 15, Hoover 14

By Keith Lair, SGVN
Twitter.com/KeithLLair

GLENDALE - The streaks have ended.
Temple City High’s three-game scoreless drought and the Rams’ three-game losing streak were put to rest Thursday night in a 15-14 victory over Hoover at Glendale High’s Moyse Field.
The Rams bombarded coach Mike McFarland with a near-gang pile when the clock expired after Temple City successfully converted on fourth down to end the game. The Rams converted twice on fourth down in the final three minutes.
“Every week we look at those championship banners and the past success and we all feel that, gosh, we can do better,” McFarland said. “It would be really easy for them to quit. But not these guys. We have 30 kids that have been through a lot of losing and have never ever, ever quit and stopped working to get better. It’s a credit to the heart of our players.
“Its an unbelievable release. The last two years, it’s been a struggle.”

Temple City’s Diego Areola scored the winning touchdown on a 7-yard run to cap the opening drive of the second half to give the Rams a 15-12 lead. The drive was kept alive by a fourth-down penalty against Hoover.
Temple City (1-3) had endured a 13-quarter scoreless drought, but ended that 2 minutes and 53 seconds into the second quarter when Chris Reed scored from the 1-yard line.
The victory was only the Rams’ third in their past 16 games. They ended the 2010 season 1-2 and started the 2011 season 0-9 before defeating Blair in their season finale.
“I’ve been at a lot places where, by this time of the year with that start and lack of success, teams have folded up the tent,” McFarland said. “These kids are unbelievable.”
It took a little bit of luck and big defensive efforts for the Rams to put it all behind them.
Temple City failed to score from the 1 as time expired to end the first half. The Rams had a snap go over punter Anthony Valenzuela’s head. Valenzuela took two steps back to step out of the end zone for a safety.
After Reed’s touchdown, a poor snap to holder Valenzuela on the PAT attempt resulted in a pass to Dareece Spratt, but he scored to make it 8-0. A fumbled exchange led to the Tornadoes’ second touchdown for a 12-8 Glendale lead in the second quarter.
But then there the big plays, too. Nick Stark, who rushed for 106 yards on 24 carries, kept the Hoover offense off the field in the waning seconds when he took two pitchouts up the middle for two yards each on fourth-down situations.
“Without a doubt in my mind,” the junior said of successfully converting the plays.
McFarland said going for it on fourth down was one of the easiest calls he made in the game.
“I looked the kids in the eye and said, `If we get two (yards), we walk off and get on the bus,’ ” he said. “There were a lot of other calls that I would say were tougher. In that situation I said, `You want to win? Here it is.’ I could go by the books or the hearts. In that situation I looked into the hearts of the kids.”
Hoover’s Brendon Kerr missed two PAT attempts. The consequences were that it allowed Valenzuela the luxury of stepping out of bounds when that punt attempt snap went over his head.

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  • The Observer

    Temple City beats Hoover 15-14…say what? Scored their first two touchdowns of the season AND get their first win. Congratulations Rams!

  • rhfan

    i’ve given up on looking at common opponents now.

    SP loses to hoover, an SP that beat the CIF runner ups, and then Hoover goes on to lose to a TC team that was shut out in the first three games of the season…

    just a case of bad matchups? or an extremely bad night by one of these teams? or is SG really worse then TC….

    RHL
    1.) Monrovia
    2.) San Marino
    3-5.) Crapshoot
    6.) Blair

  • Grim Reaper

    Good for TC and the RHL.

    Still time for teams to get it together and get good and injuries take their toll on early chargers.

    That said, nothing is forever. The once mighty TC that set CIF records for consecutive victories in the early 1970′s seems to have hit a hard patch to descend into the bottom of the RHL. So with Mighty Monrovia enjoying TC like consecutive championships and riding the tide like it will never end, Monrovians should enjoy the ride and get it while you can. Because someday, no matter how remote it seems, the run will end and hard times will come like the wolf to your door.

    So here is too luck, and no injuries, so games can be decided by every team at full strength.

  • Green and Gold

    Anthony Valencia*
    Nick Starling*

    Nice win TC! Ground and pound and keep the momentum going!

  • FootballGuy

    rhfan, you have the standings dead on. I understand that next year there will be re leaguing. It will be interesting to see how the RHL shakes out. Monrovia and Blair will leave. Who will replace them?

  • PurdueAlum05

    rhfan,

    I think San Gabriel and South Pas aren’t that good. Both teams have decent offenses, however, their defenses are below average. Everyone knows that defense wins football games and South Pas has problems with stopping the rush and pass (they don’t fill gaps well and have problems adjusting to formations), while San Gabriel’s rush D isn’t that good. I give Temple City credit for not giving up and getting their first win against Hoover last night. It’s easy to just give up on the season when starting 0-3 and props to them for not doing it. In my opinion, I don’t think any team from the Rio Hondo League should lose to Hoover or Glendale, and that should speak volumes to South Pas and La Canada’s losses to both school. I agree that Monrovia will win league and that San Marino will finish second. As far as third thru fifth place, that will be a toss up. I hope my Tigers prove me wrong.

  • PurdueAlum05

    rhfan,

    I think San Gabriel and South Pas aren’t that good. Both teams have decent offenses, however, their defenses are below average. Everyone knows that defense wins football games and South Pas has problems with stopping the rush and pass (they don’t fill gaps well and have problems adjusting to formations), while San Gabriel’s rush D isn’t that good. I give Temple City credit for not giving up and getting their first win against Hoover last night. It’s easy to just give up on the season when starting 0-3 and props to them for not doing it. In my opinion, I don’t think any team from the Rio Hondo League should lose to Hoover or Glendale, and that should speak volumes to South Pas and La Canada’s losses to both schools. I agree that Monrovia will win league and that San Marino will finish second. As far as third thru fifth place, that will be a toss up. I hope my Tigers prove me wrong.

  • Bob Anon

    Book LC for fifth in the RHL, maybe lower. I like the new coach, but losing to Glendale is not cool. Even though Glendale has a really talented WR and played really well.

    I don’t see a close game for LC left in the schedule except for Blair. Please prove me wrong.

  • New York

    Grim Reaper,
    Monrovia has already lived through our years at the bottom of the RHL. We did not make the playoffs from 1987 until 1994. I think we went 2, 3 or 4 years in a row without winning a league game until 1994.

    Have you ever scene the movie “The Natural,” starring Robert Redford? Remember that psychologist speaking to the team who said, “Losing is a disease”?

    Monrovia doesn’t belong in the RHL. Blair could be a good RHL football team if they had a community and school commitment.

    I’m not sure what league would be a good fit for Monrovia football. Maybe the Hacienda League would be good. I think the right league challenges every team to have to play their best to win every week.

  • Just the facts

    One thing you have to keep in mind is that to change leagues would mean the school changes league in all their sports: all levels and both genders. So you have to weigh more than just the football teams schedule when a school is trying to petition to change leagues. Check with basketball, volleyball, baseball, soccer, track etc.
    So there is more to it than just one sports being on top of the RHL . Not that it won’t happen as Football is the king of HS sports as we all know, but those are the administration facts is all.

  • bigfatfan

    Purdue, i think you spoke too soon about the Tigers. D looked a lot better this week, making adjustments helps. Alhambra will be a big test.

  • New York

    Just The Facts,

    I intentionally qualified my opinion of Blair and Monrovia by twice using the word “football.”

    I’ve noticed that for many of the non-football sports, or even sports outside of the “Big 2″ that a lot of times the various programs revolve around a very dedicated and knowledgeable coach who inspires participation on campus as well as successfullly prepares the team for competition. So I suppose every school is one amazing coach away from becoming competitive in many of the non-football sports.

  • http://yahoo UBC

    rhfan, if u think tc has more game than SG then u shouldnt even be on this page son. ask mac why he changed his mind to play a quicky at SG after his coaches saw the matadores in the qb shootout. I was there when tc staff stopped by to check out the boys. Hammerhooters is in denial.

  • 6power

    As much as would hate to see Monrovia bail from the RHL, New York is correct, the time has come and I think the CIF will agree and make a move. Where to – I have no clue. TC and Monrovia had some amazing battles over the years, even on the JV level. Some of the interior line battles were a joy to behold and revel in kids going beyond their God-given talent and finding another level entirely. Just bringing down a back like Marquise Williams, kicking out a linebacker like ol’ 55 or keeping an Ellis McCarthy from ripping out your QB’s jugular – are things that kids can remember forever. Yep, I would miss M-town, and the lead up to those games. But, the scales have tipped and that heat, the match ups and game vibe…appears gone forever.