La Serna picks up a win

La Serna High school officials received a call from Downey officials early this week notifying the Lancers that Downey had used an ineligible player in its 17-13 win over the Lancers in the season opener. La Serna gets credit for a forfeit victory and improves to 1-1.

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Week 3 football: Read ‘em and weep …

Last wee’s results: RMurray 11-0; ACampa 9-2

Records to date: RMurray 22-5; ACampa 18-9;

Thursday’s game:
Pioneer vs. Cypress, at Western HS: RMurray (Cypress); Campa (Cypress)

Friday’s games:
San Clemente at Santa Fe: Murray (San Clemente); Campa (San Clemente)
La Habra at Downey: Murray (La Habra); Campa (La Habra)
Paraclete at St. Paul: Murray (St. Paul); Campa (St. Paul)
La Serna at La Mirada: Murray (La Mirada); Campa (La Mirada)
California vs. GG Pacifica, at Bolsa Grande HS: Murray (Pacifica); Campa (Pacifica)
Montebello at El Rancho: Murray (EL Rancho); Campa (El Rancho)
HH Wilson at Schurr: Murray (Schurr); Campa (Schurr)
Santa Clara at Cantwell: Murray (Cantwell); Campa (Cantwell)
St. Margaret’s vs. Whittier Christian, at Whittier College: Murray (St. Margaret’s); Campa (St. Margaret’s)
Whittier at LA Roosevelt: Murray (Whittier); Campa (LA Roosevelt)

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Thursday results … no surprises

The weekend’s area high school football games began pretty much as expected in terms of which teams won, but the interesting part is how it was accomplished.
La Mirada 35, California 20: The Matadores’ passing and running was so efficient it almost looked methodical. Quarterback Daniel Poncedeleon only went deep once (incomplete), relying instead on short, quick throws to wide open receivers. Even the 80-yard scoring play was a short sideline pass that rerceiver Julian Matta, with the help of some poor tackling, turned into the big gainer. And effective game plan combined running backs Max Gama (17-63) and Matt Haltom (11-55) with Poncedeleon (16 for 20 for183 yards) and no interceptions. California’s opening drive (11 plays, 81 yards) was impressive, but the Condors didn’t put anything together effectively again until the final minutes when backup quarterback Adam Contreras completed four of five passes to move the Condors 65 yards in 39 seconds for their final touchdown, the score coming on a 35-yard pass to Ben Siepak with 27 seconds to play.

La Habra 37 South Hills 10: Host Highlanders were up 17-10 at halftime, then wore the Huskies down as Josh Quezada rushed for 185 yards and four touchdowns to offset three interceptions thrown by quarterback Cody Clements.

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Week 2: Pick ‘em and weep …

The records to date: RMurray 11-5; ACampa 9-7

Thursday’s games:
South Hills at La Habra: Murray (La Habra); Campa (La Habra)
La Mirada at California: (Murray) La Mirada; Campa (La Mirada)

Friday’s games:
Salesian at Cantwell: Murray (Cantwell); Campa (Cantwell)
Bell Gardena at El Rancho: Murray (Bell Gardens); Campa (Bell Gardens)
La Serna at Long Beach Wilson: Murray (LB Wilson); Campa (LB Wilson)
Montebello at Rowland: Murray (Rowland); Campa (Rowland)
St. Paul at Pioneer: Murray (St. Paul); Campa (St. Paul)
Santa Fe at Bonita: Murray (Santa Fe); Campa (Bonita)
Schurr at Downey: Murray (Downey); Campa (Schurr)
Warren vs. Whittier: Murray (Warren); Campa (Warren)
Whittier Christian vs. Savanna; Murray (WhChristian); Campa (WhChristian)

Upset special: Murray (Schurr); Campa (El Rancho

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Former area prep stars help Whittier College win season opener

From Whittier College sports infomation director Travis Peters:

EL PASO, Texas – Sophomore quarterback Alesana Sausau and senior running back Paul Schilling combined for 347 yards and four touchdowns as they led the Whittier College football team to a 31-28 come-from-behind victory over Sul Ross State Saturday morning at the Socorro Athletic Complex.
Schilling filled in mightily for graduated running back Anthony Pomponio as he carried 20 times for 117 yards, including three touchdowns on runs of 1, 6 and 7 yards, and averraged 5.9 yards per carry.
Sausau added 13 rushes for 92 yards and a score and sophomore Rodrigo Muratalla pitched in with 11 carries for 44 yards.
Whittier totaled 310 yards rushing, and converted on three of four fourth downs, the biggest on fourth-and-two with 4:55 to play in the third.
Schilling punched it in from 6 yards out to cap a 14-play, 75-yard drive that ate up over 10 minutes to open the third quarter. The score gave Whittier a 24-21 lead.
After Sul Ross State (0-2) and Whittier traded punts on their ensuing possession the Lobos reclaimed the lead, 28-24, on a Laurence Smith 35-yard run. The drive took a mere 1:06 and lasted just two plays.
Whittier got the ball back with 13:09 left in the game and needed only six plays to score the eventual game winning touchdown.
Freshman Daniel Enriquez (Whittier HS) carried the ball on consecutive plays for 14 and 5 yards, and freshman Marcus Langkilde hauled in a 40-yard pass to set up Schilling’s third score of the game. The six-play, 66-yard drive ate up just 2:07 but gave the Poets a 31-28 advantage.
Junior Josh Lomeli (La Mirada) then sealed the win with an interception on Sul Ross’ final drive.

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Week 1 Post-deadline results

Some information on the results of game reports that were too late for our early deadlines:

El Rancho 21-14 over Cerritos, as Art Franco rushed for 242 yards and two touchdowns, and quarterback Troy Campos, a late replacement for starter Josh Perea who sat out with an ankle injury, scored on a 3-yard sneak to break a 14-14 tie in the third quarter. LInebacker Tate Harshbarger keyed a strong defensive effort with six tackles and Jake Garcia knocked down a fourth-and-goal pass in the end zone with four seconds to play to preserve the victory.

Whittier Christian 37-30 over host Santa Paula, the Heralds battling back from a 27-13 halftime deficit. Tailback Garrett Fulbright rushed for 229 yards and three touchdowns, and defensive lineman Jeff Worthy had a monster game with 13 solo tackles, two sacks, and four tackles for losses. Quarterback Stephen Anderson struggled with just eight completions in 20 attempts but for a respectable 160 yards and two scores. He was intercepted three times.

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Prognostications: Week 1

Records to date: Roger Murray 2-2; Andrew Campa 1-3

Friday’s games:
Baldwin Park at Montebello, 7 p.m.: Murray (Montebello); Campa (Montebello)
Cantwell Sacred Heart at Bishop Montgomery, 7 p.m.: Murray (Cantwell); Campa (Bishop Montgomery)
El Rancho vs. Cerritos, at Gahr HS, 7 p.m. (Murray (El Rancho); Campa (El Rancho)
John Glenn at Pioneer, 7 p.m.; Murray (JGlenn); Campa (JGlenn)
Burbank Burroughs at Schurr, 7 p.m.; Murray (Schurr); Campa (Schurr)
Santa Fe at Warren, 7 p.m.; Murray (Santa Fe); Campa (Santa Fe)
La Habra at La Mirada, 7 p.m.; Murray (La Habra); Campa (La Habra)
Downey vs. La Serna, at Whittier College, 7 p.m.; Murray (Downey); Campa (Downey)
Rowland at California, 7 p.m.; Murray (California); Campa (Rowland)
Whittier at Chino, 7 p.m.; Murray (Whittier); Campa (Chino)
Whittier Christian at Santa Paula, 7:30 p.m.; Murray (WhChristian); Campa (Santa Paula)
St. Paul at Garfield, 7 p.m.; Murray (St. Paul); Campa (St. Paul)

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Predictions, limited version …

The first week of prognostications for Murray and Campa:

West Covina at El Rancho: Murray (West Covina); Campa (West Covina)
La Mirada at St. Paul: Murray (La Mirada); Campa (St. Paul)
Montebello at Bellflower: Murray (Bellflower); Campa (Montebello)
Ontario Christian at Whittier Christian: Murray (Whittier Christian); Campa (Ontario Christian).

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