Friday Night Final: La Serna falls to Norco, La Mirada defeats Norwalk

La Serna was handed its first loss of the season with a 39-16 loss to Norco. La Mirada, meanwhile, opened Suburban League play with a 29-23 victory over Norwalk.

Friday’s final scores
Norco 39, La Serna 16
Bishop Amat 35, St. Paul 24
Montebello 20, Pioneer 14
Salesian 55, Whittier Christian 27
La Mirada 29, Norwalk 23
Clovis East 28, El Rancho 27
La Habra 32, Gahr 14
Cathedral 53, Cantwell Sacred Heart 14

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: El Rancho’s Sanchez is no average Joe

By Eric Terrazas, SGVN

PICO RIVERA – El Rancho High School quarterback Joey Sanchez has experienced quite an impressive start to his senior season.

Sanchez has paced a powerful Dons offense that has scored 171 points in four games. El Rancho (3-1) has especially excelled the last two weeks, defeating Bell Gardens 52-28 and Montebello 57-48.

Last week at Montebello, Sanchez set a school record by rushing for 318 yards. He ran for touchdowns of 44, 1, 21 and 53 yards against the Oilers.

Sanchez also completed 11 of 19 passes for 91 yards.

Senior running back Johnny Garcia has given Sanchez a major helping hand. Garcia ran for a career best 228 yards against Montebello.

The Dons’ early success has Sanchez feeling optimistic about this season.

“It’s going great,” Sanchez said. “The offense is clicking very well. The offensive line is doing its job — creating holes for me and Johnny. We’re making it very hard for defenses. They don’t know what we’re going to do.”

Sanchez, a two-year varsity player, has led the Dons with both his arm and his legs. He has completed 42 of 63 passes for 642 yards and three touchdowns.

Sanchez has also rushed for a team-leading 637 yards and 12 scores. He is averaging 8.3 yards per carry.

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Friday Night Final: La Serna, La Mirada and California prevail

La Serna made an impressive statement with a 38-9 victory at Westlake, improving its record to 4-0. La Mirada rebounded from last week’s defeat to Bishop Amat by besting St. Francis 28-21. California (3-0) remained undefeated with a 32-28 comeback win over Fullerton.

California 32, Fullerton 28
La Mirada 28, St. Francis 21
La Serna 38, Westlake 9
El Rancho 57, Montebello 48
Diamond Ranch 23, Schurr 6
Mountain View 14, Pioneer 7
Norwalk 28, Whittier 6
St. Margaret’s 35, Whittier Christian 7
Orange Lutheran 27, La Habra 7
Roosevelt 62, Cantwell Sacred Heart 32
Santiago 51, Santa Fe 0

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Friday Gameday Countdown: California hosts Fullerton while La Mirada takes on St. Francis

Tonight’s Week 3 schedule features 11 games, which should include some good matchups. California (2-0) will look to maintain its good start against visiting Fullerton. Meanwhile, La Mirada (2-1) faces a stern test as it hosts St. Francis.

Quarter-by-quarter updates



Cantwell Sacred Heart at Roosevelt, 7 p.m.
Diamond Ranch at Schurr, 7 p.m.
El Rancho at Montebello, 7 p.m.
Fullerton at California, 7 p.m.
La Habra vs. Orange Lutheran at Orange Coast College, 7:30 p.m.
La Serna at Westlake, 7 p.m.
Pioneer at Mountain View, 7 p.m.
St. Francis at La Mirada, 7 p.m.
Santiago vs. Santa Fe at Pioneer HS, 7 p.m.
Whittier vs. Norwalk at Excelsior HS, 7 p.m.
Whittier Christian at St. Margaret’s, 7 p.m.

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HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: Bishop Amat sweeps aside La Serna

By Eric Terrazas, SGVN

WHITTIER – Bishop Amat High continued its strong girls volleyball preseason Thursday with a 25-21, 25-15, 25-21 sweep of La Serna in a nonleague match.

Mariah Jackson paced the visiting Lancers with 19 kills. Samantha Quesada-Diaz also played a major role in Amat’s victory with 15 kills.

After winning the first two games, Bishop Amat (7-2) withstood a La Serna rally in the third set. Trailing 19-11, La Serna won 10 of the next 13 points.

Tawny Flareau and Amanda Zagorski produced key kills during the run by La Serna (2-2), which also was helped by a few Bishop Amat errors.

La Serna’s bid to extend the match, however, fell short. Bishop Amat secured the win by scoring the match’s final three points, the last on Jackson’s kill.

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