Above: Joey Davis and Santa Fe were off and running in beating California, 31-10. (Staff photo by Keith Durflinger)
Another big night for area teams, with the highlight being Santa Fe blitzing California, 31-10, and La Serna holding off El Rancho, 31-28, to set up a battle for Del Rio League supremacy next week. The other big win Friday was Whittier Christian upsetting previous Mid-Valley No. 1 Maranatha, 24-21. La Habra, St. Paul and La Mirada all had big wins.
Here’s a brief recap of tonight’s games:
No. 1 La Habra 49, Fullerton 10 — The Highlanders, getting three touchdowns from Brett Bartolone and 13 tackles from Aaron Porter, rolled the Indians. Anyone getting the idea that La Habra might not lose again?
No. 2. St. Paul 38, Cathedral 0 — The Swordsmen, getting 263 yards passing and three scores from quarterback Paul Telles, needed this win and they got it with ease. Now it gets difficult with games against Serra, St. Francis and Harvard-Westlake, two of which are at home.
No. 3 La Serna 31, El Rancho 28 — The Lancers did their part to set-up next week’s showdown with Santa Fe, bu it wasn’t easy. The Dons died hard, driving inside La Serna territory late before Justin Ballesteros intercepted a Joe Sanchez pass to seal it.
Santa Fe 31, No. 4 California 10 — Four words: Joey Davis and Christian Mahlstede. Both seniors buried the Condors in an avalanche of big plays to sink Cal. Davis had 226 all-purpose yards and scored three touchdowns, while Mahlstede finished with 156 yards receiving, making three acrobatic catches.
No. 5 La Mirada 59, Cerritos 0 — The Mats scored their third consecutive blow-out win against another Suburban League cellar dweller. QB Gerry Myres threw for 108 yards and two TDs and Johnny Hills rushed for 103 and two scores to lead La Mirada, which has a bye before closing the season with Mayfair and Norwalk.
Whittier Christian 24, Maranatha 21 — Who’s No. 1 in the Mid-Valley now? It won’t be the host Minutemen, who were blitzed by the Heralds. The win puts Whittier Christian in the discussion for the division title.
Pioneer 20, Whittier 7 — The Titans, who rushed for 200 yards, scored their first win of the season and kept their slim playoff hopes alive.
Montebello 33, Bell Gardens 21 — The Oilers, who have been led by their defense, finally showed some offensive bunch in defeating the Lancers. Marcus Portillo rushed for 208 yards and three scores to lead Montebello.
Cantwell 49, Mary Star 0 — The Cardinals shot down the Stars to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot. Corey Collins rushed for 182 yards and three TDs.