DAMIEN 44, ST. PAUL 0
LA VERNE >> That talk of a resurgence for the St. Paul football team might have to be put on hold.
Damien is another story.
Dylan Thigpen rushed for 191 yards and two touchdowns and Michael Boragine threw for 114 and three scores as the host Spartans overwhelmed the Swordsmen, 44-0, in a nonleague game on Friday.
Damien scored on four of its first six possessions to lead 37-0 at halftime and improve to 2-1. The Spartans beat Roosevelt two weeks ago and played Charter Oak close last week before losing.
St. Paul, which dominated its first three opponents, slipped to 3-1. The Swordsmen, getting 52 yards rushing from David Castillo after the game was well in hand, had 137 yards, 103 of which came in garbage time.
Damien’s Dylan Thigpen: “We did a lot of work out here, every single one of us. Defense, offense, special teams all played really well. It was really good.”
St. Paul coach Rick Zepeda: “It was a combination of things. “We just have to line up and do what we do. We didn’t do that. We fumbled, we had tipped interceptions, snap over the head.
“We just never got started. It was our first road game. No excuses. We have to play better than this on the road.”
— Stephen Ramirez
LA MIRADA 45, LA HABRA 28
LA HABRA — La Mirada bounced back from last week’s blowout loss to Servite with an impressive 45-28 victory over host La Habra on Friday night.
The Matadores withstood a wild second half which opened with the teams trading touchdowns on six consecutive possessions.
La Mirada’s defense weathered the storm and stopped the La Habra offense on downs midway through the fourth quarter. The Matadores converted that stop into a 24-yard field goal from Nikolas Valdez to make it 45-28.
As he has all season, Tony Brown led the La Mirada offense, catching eight passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns. Brown has gained at least 100 yards receiving and scored a touchdown in every game this season.
La Mirada quarterback Christian Lara was also outstanding, completing 17 of 20 passes for 306 yards and three touchdowns. He also added a rushing touchdown.
— Richard Hernandez
CALIFORNIA 38, SAN MARINO 35
SAN MARINO — It was an all-out air assault Friday night at San Marino High School, as the host Titans and California High combined for 617 passing yards.
But Caifornia came out victorious when senior running back Nathan Lowden scored on a 14-yard run with 7:50 left in the fourth quarter as the Condors held on for the 38-35 nonleague victory to send the Titans to their first defeat of the season.
It was the first-ever meeting between the schools.
Lowden ran for 133 yards on 29 carries and also threw a 71-yard halfback option pass to senior wide receiver Jake Mata (three receptions for 114 yards) for a score.
Senior quarterback Adam Satti threw for 240 yards and a touchdown for the Condors (2-2), completing 26 of 31 passes.
Quarterback Enrique Pacheco passed for 295 yards and three touchdowns to lead La Serna High School to a 37-18 victory over South Hills in a nonleague game at California High on Friday night.
It was the Lancers’ third consecutive victory after opening the season with a loss.
Pacheco completed 13 of 16 passes and threw a 72-yard TD pass to Jonathan Wise and a pair of TD passes to Curtis Ashton of 48 and 10 yards. Wise had four receptions for 153 yards and Ashton six catches for 106 yards. Ashton also scored on a fumble recovery. Kevin Ramos rushed for 70 yards and a score.
HOW THE TOP 10 FARED
1. La Mirada (3-1) def. La Mirada, 45-28
2. La Serna (3-1) def. South Hills, 37-18
3. La Habra (1-3) lost to La Mirada, 45-28
4. St. Paul (3-1) lost to Damien, 44-0
5. El Rancho (2-1) def. Montebello, 42-7
6. Whittier (2-2) lost to Long Beach Wilson, 21-7
7. Whittier Christian (2-2) lost to St. Margaret’s, 44-21
8. Santa Fe (1-3) lost to Burroughs/Burbank, 33-21
9. California (2-2) def. San Marino, 38-35
10. Schurr (1-3) lost to Diamond Ranch, 17-7
Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary 41, Mary Star 6