Saturday Morning Quarterback: St. Paul wins again; La Mirada comes down to earth; La Serna wins again


St. Paul continued its 2014 turnaround in week 2 of the prep football season, winning its third consecutive game to open the season with a solid 29-6 victory over South East, of South Gate. Also, Friday, La Mirada, which started 2-0 with impressive wins over Tesoro and Charter Oak was dropped back to reality with a blow-out loss to highly-touted Servite. La Serna, after an opening week loss to Ralston Valley, of Colorado, scored its second consecutive big win, shutting out Schurr, 35-0.
DAILY NEWS HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD

St. Paul quarterback Jacob Maier (#15) breaks away from a South East defender in their non-league football game at St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs on Friday September 12, 2014. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

St. Paul quarterback Jacob Maier (#15) breaks away from a South East defender in their non-league football game at St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs on Friday September 12, 2014. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)


GAMES OF THE WEEK
ST. PAUL 29, SOUTH EAST 6


SANTA FE SPRINGS — It’s been a trying couple of years for the St. Paul High School football team. But the Swordsmen are finally seeing the light at the end of what has been a dark tunnel.
Jacob Maier threw for 217 yards and three touchdowns and host St. Paul won its third consecutive game with a 29-6 victory over South East in a nonleague game.
Gabriel Bermudez had 121 yard receiving and a touchdown and Alfred Delgado rushed for 108 yards for the Swordsmen, who have already won more games this season than they won the past two seasons combined. St. Paul was 1-9 in each of the past two seasons.
Johnny Romero threw for 91 yards and a touchdown for the Jaguars, who slipped to 0-3.
St. Paul led 21-6 at halftime.

— Stephen Ramirez

SERVITE 56, LA MIRADA 14
NORWALK — La Mirada’s quest to upset a Pac-5 Division opponent for the second time in three weeks came up short on Friday night, as the Matadores fell to Servite 56-14 at Cerritos College.
“We got outcoached and we got overwhelmed from the get-go,” said La Mirada head coach Mike Moschetti. “They were the better team and we didn’t have a chance. When it went bad, it went bad, and before you knew it we were down 28-0.”
The Friars (2-1), who entered the game ranked No. 4 in the state by Cal-Hi sports, were in top form from the start, scoring touchdowns on each of their first five possessions.
However, the highlight of the night was provided by the Servite defense. On fourth-and-2 with 1:32 left before halftime, Maurice Davison intercepted a Christian Lara pass and returned it 97 yards for a touchdown.
Davison’s touchdown capped a nearly perfect half for Servite and gave the Friars a 35-0 lead at the break.

— Richard Hernandez
ROUNDUP: Whittier beats Whittier Christian, 51-28
Whittier High School outscored Whittier Christian 25-0 over the game’s final 12:19 to take a 51-28 nonleague victory Friday night at Whittier College.
Luis Valero scored on a 4-yard run with 19 seconds to play in the third quarter to give the Cardinals (2-1) the lead for good, 32-28.
Valero then scored from the 8-yard line less than two minutes into the fourth quarter and Anthony Pena scored two of his game-high five TDs to cap the scoring.
The Cardinals’ three-back set wore down the Heralds (0-3). Richard Bailey also scored on a 61-yarder.
Pena rushed for 198 yards on 14 carries. He scored on runs of 41, 20, 3, 35 and 15 yards.
Heralds quarterback Cooper Hughes threw three TD passes.

HOW THE TOP 10 FARED
1. La Mirada (2-1) lost to Servite, 56-14
2. La Habra (1-2) lost to Mission Viejo, 49-20
3. La Serna (2-1) def. Schurr, 35-0
4. St. Paul (3-0) def. South East, 29-6
5. El Rancho (1-1), idle
6. Whittier Christian (2-1) lost to to Whitter, 51-28
7. Santa Fe (1-2) lost to Bonita, 41-7
8. California (1-2) lost to Troy, 41-18
9. Schurr (1-2) lost to La Serna, 35-0
10. Montebello (0-3) lost to Arroyo, 35-17

OTHER SCORE
Pioneer 45, Rancho Alamitos 40
El Segundo 38, Cantwell 7

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  • Yellow Balls

    Decent win for the SP squad! Here comes the rough patch of the schedule Damien and Serra

    • Samsteel

      QB’s is ok but the team needs work. SP will finish 3-7

  • Area Fan

    I don’t think SP will win again this year. I went to watch them and their overall body of work is decent but very youthful. Maier is an ok QB but he doesn’t make proper reads when passing and has a tough time avoiding contact when he runs. I watched him get upended a few times and that could be dangerous vs. better teams. Word around SP camp is that the soph QB is better than Maier. Somehow Maier is related to HC.

    • guest

      Softball coach’s son. Not related to Zepeda.

      • Area Fan

        Oh I was told that the HC wife was related to QB mom. I think it’s all down here from now on out. SP just beat 3 teams with a combined 1-7 record ouch.

        • Guest

          I think its funny that you have so much insight about St. Paul and yet you hide behind your username Area Fan. Do you have nothing better to do than to criticize a 17 year old’s interview after a high school football game? With that being said, I’ll give you the facts since you seem to like to spread rumors. The Head Coach is married to the QB’s mom’s cousin. Does that really matter? All the coaches at St. Paul want to win just as much as the players. They give equal opportunities to all athletes to earn the right to play. The word around St. Paul is not what you state in your comment so stop acting like you have some insight into our school. Based on the fact that you brought up our opponents record, I take it you would rather see us playing Mater Dei, Servite and Amat so you can comment on how we have no business playing teams like that either. If our local area teams would agree to play us, we would be more than happy to schedule but that hasn’t been the case for years. St. Paul Football will continue to win games despite your prediction and you will continue to be bitter and hate on them. Life will go on!

          • Area Fan

            I had 2 sons graduate from SP now my grandsons attend La Serna. I keep in contact with many SP family. I would love to see SP play an area team that would be better than playing the schools they are playing. I stated the obvious and wasn’t criticizing the kid just stating the obvious he is an OK highschool QB. With fans like you or like you no wonder St Paul’s get no respect. When is the last time SP has won anything?

          • Guest

            You did not state the obvious, you stated your opinion. Having fans like me is exactly what St. Paul needs. Fans that support their school and don’t feel the need to criticize teenagers that are doing their best to play for a school that they love being a part of. Just as I have the right to stand up for the players, the school and coaches of St. Paul that you criticize. When you make statements like “word has it the sophomore QB is than Maier. Somehow Maier is related to the head coach.” you are making an assumption that this player is only getting his playing time because there is some sort of nepotism going on or else why make a comment that has no bearing on the interview above. Playing local area teams will not happen because schools like La Serna, Whittier, Santa Fe etc. will not agree to play St. Paul like they did many years ago. The school is much more than football. It takes pride in all of the students and athletes. If you are referring to championships, I believe the last time the school won something was just a few months back when they beat La Serna in the CIF Championship softball game. I support our school and all the programs that represent this great school. Don’t be like the other haters and act as if I am part of the problem as to why the school doesn’t get respect. I am only doing what you should be doing since you sent your sons to St. Paul. I am standing up against those that are so quick to judge and criticize instead of giving these young men the credit they deserve. They work hard everyday to try to prove to everyone that St.Paul is rebuilding and doing its best to get some recognition and yet this blog is a perfect example of how no matter how hard they work, there will still be critics.

          • Area Fan

            This is a football talk thread and it turned into a conversation about the school. SP didn’t want to play any area schools they are living in the past. When my sons attended in the mid 80s and early 90s the school was a quality school with a solid football program. It’s amazing how someone mentioned all these alumni or SP people and if you speak to them they all say the same thing, SP is a has been. Paredes laughs at SP and Willig does too. Why do alumni refuse to send their kids to the school?

          • Fair is fair

            Warranted or not, SP still has caché to generate conversation among the area, hence, the reason they always come up. That being said, to say that alumni refuse to send their kids to that school is a bit of a generalized statement. The previous administrations, post-Carrol, and the past two returns of Ancich didn’t do any favors for the school, but there are quite a few kids who go there who have alumni pedigree. True, Willig does have a valid beef with what happened a few years ago, but in previous articles, Paredes has only been more than complimentary, even if it’s out of politeness. Despite past faults, to deny tangible change is happening there, both academically and athletically, is myopic. Too many people are now invested in them to let abject mediocrity continue.
            As for football scheduling, I personally can’t speak for whether anyone is too ‘scared’ to play someone else because only a handful of people are privy to what motivates who plays whom. Though, that’s neither here nor there because in the end, it’s really just speculation and bulletin board material.

          • Guest

            And there it is. Thank you for proving to me and everyone reading this thread what your motives were. I am an alumni of St. Paul from the same time you speak of and several of my alumni friends like myself have and are sending our children to St. Paul. There will always be critics like yourself and that is ok. I think you would be better off if you stopped mentioning other peoples names and stopped speaking for them. I have many alumni friends that support St. Paul and the football program. We speak all the time about how even though things have changed, the current coaching staff is moving things in the right direction and deserves to be respected for what they are trying to do. It truly amazes me that people think that because there is a football thread on a blog or any other thread that that gives them the right to spread rumors and criticize. Do the responsible thing and save your gossip for your living room where it belongs.

          • Area Fan

            Good for you! It’s a blog people come on here and talk so yeah people have a right! Glad your 3 alumni friends and yourself send their kids there.

          • Fair is fair

            And we’re happy that the school has the privilege to count your two boys as one of their own and hope that your current sentiments do change in the near future. Zepeda is from the era you came from, and is mindful of that past. Hopefully you can drop by a school event and see that enthusiasm is brewing.

          • Fair is fair

            Last CIF football title was in ’07.
            With enough time, especially with the amount of tenure both these head coaches have put into the school, eventually everybody ends up associated with everyone else in some small way, either by family, alum, or community. That in no way means that a HC would put his job on the line for petty nepotism, so it’s a moot point to bring it up. That type of reach also goes far beyond just the SP staff. Paredes out of Damien is a SP guy, so is Ancich out of Whittier, or Willig at Pioneer. That’s not to mention position coaches sprinkled all over other area schools. That doesn’t mean that there is some grand conspiracy afoot. Zepeda sacrificed enough by taking up one of the most heavily scrutinized and polarizing position in the Whittier area. Especially one that is burdened by the hazing, Asante, and Barr controversies. Nobody in their right mind takes a job like that if they don’t believe they can make a positive impact.

          • Barry

            “When is the last time SP has won anything?”

            Last time I checked, they won the CIF and state softball championships this past year, went to CIF semis in volleyball, and state quarterfinals in girls b’ball 2 years ago.

    • Guest

      “Word around SP camp is that the soph QB is better than Maier.”

      Word around the camp is that you’re talking out your ass.

      • The Pit

        Shut up already QB mom, we all know it’s you, get a life and stop embarrassing us.

        • Matador

          Embarrassing is right! Get that kid off the nipple already.

        • Guest

          Who the f is QB mom? Ohhhhh, sweet Jesus. Must be another one of these St. Paul conspiritards. Well, hate to burst your bubble, but I don’t have a uterus.

          I’m pretty sure that our QB is doing a lot more for the team than anybody else is right now.

          Also, only 1 comment from your account, “Pit”? Within 15 minutes of Matador’s post? Come on, La Mirada lowlife. You see, here on the internet we have a little term called “sockpuppetry.” This may be difficult to comprehend for an individual afflicted with borderline intellectual functioning, so I’ll put it in lay terms: you’re not very smart. Chances are, I’m paying for your next meal.

        • Guest

          Hahaha…Very mature. I’m not the QB’s mom but nice try. Just like others on here, you hide behind your username as you attempt to insult people. I refuse to slander, insult or name call people. Just showing support for the entire school and program. If people were on here slamming the 2nd string QB, the running back or even the tight end, I would stand up for them too.

  • Yellow Balls

    What the heck! Keep it to football! No one cares about the actual school haha. Question is will St Paul beat heavily favored Damien? I think this will be a huge test and can go either way. SP has solid young talent and can win if they play flawless. If they do win I think they will go a solid 7-3 and make the playoffs if they lose it can spell trouble for the Swordsmen but can manage a 5-5 record and a playoff appearance.

    • Fair is fair

      I’m not totally confident they will get the W, but it’s only because they are way too young and light on upperclassmen. Although, I think they will do better than expected in league.

      • Yellow Balls

        I agree. I believe they will win a few games. I hope this game is close SP has some good speed and nice pieces. These next 2 games will be tough but lets hope they come away injury free and maybe with a win.

        • Fair is fair

          If last year’s woeful team could beat Harvard-Westlake, then it’s not beyond the realm of possibility. We just need to see how they perform against real competition, because the truth is, there’s no way to gauge them with their previous wins.

          • Yellow Balls

            People are saying Damien will beat them bad. I believe they are the favorite but I think SP keeps it close. Zepeda is a fine young man and hard worker I think he will have them ready. It will be closer then people think if SP can get on the scoreboard early.

          • Fair is fair

            If it’s a rout, then it’s a rout. Schadenfreude will be at an all time high among the blogoshpere. Even if it’s a close loss, the general attitude will be overwhelmingly negative, so it’s not worth paying attention. I only care about how they perform against tough competition. Can they keep the penalties to nil, and the trenches impenetrable? Will their skill positions wilt at the sight of better athleticism? If they fall behind at the half, can the coaching staff make the proper adjustments? Win or lose, those are questions that need to be answered.