Gladstone 19, Northview 10 — The Gladiators defense was in attack mode all night and quarterback Kevin Amezquita was huge, throwing for 160 yards, two touchdowns and rushing for a 12-yard clincher late.
Covina 41, La Puente 16 — The Warriors hung early, but the Colts wore them down in the second half to go to 2-0 after earning a forfeit win over West Covina.
Irvine 20, Rosemead 0 — The Panthers couldn’t get anything going, but it’s not a surprise, we told you they play big boy football out there.
Gladstone’s defense is the difference in victory
Gladstone-Northview game story: It had been a longtime since Gladstone High School football coach Albert Sanchez celebrated a victory over a Valle Vista League team, and it wasn’t just anyone, it was much-improved Northview.
The Gladiators didn’t let the Vikings breathe for four quarters, containing Vikings do-it-all running back Javon Taylor to pull out a 19-10 victory in their season opener.
Covina-La Puente game story: Although Covina High School came into its nonleague matchup against La Puente sporting an undefeated record, the Colts felt they had a lot to prove on the field. Because of an ineligible player, West Covina was forced to forfeit its 34-0 victory over Covina last week. On Thursday night, the Colts bounced back with a convincing win of their own, beating the Warriors, 41-16, with 20 consecutive fourth-quarter points.
Rosemead-Irvine game story: Rosemead ventured deep into Orange County with a new offense and a new head coach, but was unable to overcome mistakes and poor field position, falling to the Irvine Vaqueros, 20-0, on Thursday night.
Gladstone QB Kevin Amezquita and coach Albert Sanchez talk about Gladiators win
Tyler Drohan’s highlights and interviews of Covina’s win over La Puente