Its still that little private school, as described by football coach Jon Caffrey, but contrary to the belief by many that Whittier Christian cant play football, the Heralds, indeed, can play football.
And they play it well.
Just ask Whittier coach Walter Scott.
Whittier Christians 4-0 record going into Fridays game with the Cardinals did not carry the import it deserved, primarily because teams in Division XIII, or the Northeast Division as it is now called, rarely are thought of as powerhouses in the sport (were not talking about the likes of Oaks Christian HS here).
That image is usually reserved for the schools with large enrollments that are perennial contenders for postseason honors.
Whittier Christian rolled over a good Whittier team Friday, 41-13, giving up two quick touchdowns on long runs, then blanking the Cardinals the rest of the game.
Afterward, Scott said his team was outplayed in all three phases of the game, offensively, defensively and special teams.
They had the ball most of the second quarter and that kind of put a damper on our offense,? Scott said.
The Heralds used a six-play, 72-yard drive that ended on the first play of the second quarter when Esteban Camarillo took a pass from Phil Hughes, spun out of a tackle at the Whittier 20-yard line and completed a 28-yard scoring run to give the Heralds a 21-13 lead.
Camarillo had made a similar move earlier to break a tackle after catching a pass for a 35-yard gain earlier in the drive.
Camarillo, listed as an extremely generous 5-foot-8, 170 pounds, finished with 239 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries. A large number of his yards came after second and third hits. On some he drove the tackler backward or pulled him along as he fought for extra yards.
He finishes his run very well,? Scott said.
And while Camarillo clearly is the catalyst for the offense, he shares the spotlight with several teammates.
Linebackers Mark Edwards, Nathan Coleman and Ross Ferguson, along with two-way lineman Frank Chavez, were instrumental in curtailing Whittiers strong ground attack.
Whittier finished with 272 total offense, all of it on the ground. Included were 183 yards on 17 carries, 106 of the yards on back-to-back trips for touchdowns by Isaac Garcia, who continues to establish himself as one of the areas best ball carriers.
Aside from that, the Cardinals had four possessions in the second half. They needed eight plays to move 57 yards before punting on fourth down. They took 12 plays to go 44 yards (including a 10-yard holding penalty) before turning the ball over after losing a yard on fourth-and 5 at the Heralds 15. And they finished the game with an 11-play march that covered just 41 yards and three third-down conversions but ended with an incomplete pass inside the 20 as time ran out.
Their performance Friday against a quality team should make the Heralds a strong contender for both the Alpha League title and to go deep into the Northeast Division postseason playoffs.