SAN DIMAS 41, CAL 14
WHITTIER — San Dimas High School was pushed for the first time this football season Thursday. But the Saints showed that when challenged, they can push back.
Jarell Sykes rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns and San Dimas closed the nonleague portion of its schedule with a 41-14 victory over host California.
Joey Tamayo also threw for 81 yards and two scores for the Saints, who improved to 5-0. Christopher Lowden rushed for 114 yards and Andrew Reyes had 87 and two touchdowns for the Condors, who slipped to 3-2.
San Dimas outgained Cal, 278-62 during the second half to finish with an advantage of 404-273.
San Dimas, which was held without a first down on its first two possessions, took control of the game during the middle of the second quarter and scored on five consecutive possessions to lead, 35-14, by the first play of the fourth quarter.
The Saints started the third quarter with scoring drives of 65, 55 and 40 yards to go up, 35-14, on a 20-yard run by Sykes with 11:52 to play.
San Dimas also got an 8-yard run from Sykes at 7:44 and a 30-yard pass from Tamayo to Daniel Jackson at 5:08 for a 28-14 lead in the third quarter.
San Dimas coach Mark Holman: “Cal High was really physical (in the first half). I knew they would be physical and I put a challenge on my kids and said, ‘Hey, we came down for a road trip, we expected it to be physical and our mission to (open the second half) with a drive.’ And we did.”
— Stephen Ramirez
EL MONTE 37, MARSHALL 19
PASADENA — El Monte High School football coach Eric MacIntyre said he had a feeling his team would start slow against Marshall.
He proved to be right when his team trailed, 13-3, in the second quarter. But the Lions came roaring back, scoring 34 unanswered points in a 37-19 win in Mission Valley League play on Thursday night at Pasadena High.
El Monte took a 17-13 lead it never relinquished early in the third quarter when quarterback Andrew Ramos scored on a 2-yard touchdown run. The Lions made is 24-13 a few minutes later when Kevin Molina picked up a fumble and ran it 36 yards for a touchdown.
Romero iced the game in the fourth quarter when he scored his second and third touchdowns. The first was a 16-yard run. The second was a 22-yard run.
El Monte coach Eric MacIntyre: “It wasn’t pretty. We made a lot of mistakes. We came out flat early and had a bad week of practice.”