Friday Night Football: Damien overwhelms St. Paul, 44-0; La Mirada beats La Habra; La Serna wins again


FEATURED GAMES
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

Eric Barriere of La Habra stretches out to get the first down in the second quarter in non-conference action against La Mirada on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 at La Habra. (Correspondent photo by Chris Burt)

Eric Barriere of La Habra stretches out to get the first down in the second quarter in non-conference action against La Mirada on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 at La Habra. (Correspondent photo by Chris Burt)


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.

ROUNDUP
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
OTHER SCORE
Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary 41, Mary Star 6

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  • Green Crush

    A little better showing for South hills. Still a few more things to work on. It appears that maybe BIG Josh Radecki is the glue to that offense. He goes down in the first game of the season, and so did the offense. I have a feeling…when the glue comes back…so will the wins.

  • The truth and nothing but…

    Steve, I think you guys are going to have to expand the Whittier coverage area. If St. Paul is #4, the drop off from #3 to #4 is the gap of the Empire State Building. I think your coverage area should include every team in the San Gabriel, Suburban, and Freeway League.

    • Steve Ramirez

      They were No. 4 due to how they played and most of 5-13 have lost…but it’s a week to week adjustment. I see big changes this week,

      • The truth and nothing but…

        I think in future rankings you should take into consideration who the teams have played to achieve their records. Beating three teams with a combine 1-8 record after three weeks is nothing to write home about. I got St. Paul finishing 0-5 in league.

        • Yellow Balls

          They are 3-8 combined and improving. SP will end 3-2 in league.

          • The truth and nothing but…

            1-8 was after three weeks. Yes, I know Warren won last week playing who? You guessed it, Firebaugh! I hope you guys can beat Salesian too. I think that team is way over hyped with a bunch of loud mouth coaches including one that used to coach at St. Paul. I heard he’s been talking bad about the school ever since he left and have gotten St. Paul players to transfer to Salesian. At the end of the day, I don’t think St. Paul has enough talent to beat them or enough coaching to beat HWL. I think La Salle will be a close game and could go either way. I see 0-5 at best 1-4.

          • Once a Swordsman

            That coach talked one player into transfer, a two year starting O-lineman. Not a good loss for SP. The player has since been ruled ineligible by the CIF, will have to sit out his Senior season, I believe. SP is starting many Sophs, including both lines.

          • SGV FB Fan

            @Once a Swordsmen…not quite true about the OL sitting out the entire season. He will be eligible to play 10/6. Word on the street is that SP challenged his transfer. With the 10+ transfers SP took in this year isn’t that somewhat hypocritical of SP?

          • Once a Swordsman

            I stand corrected SGV, thank-you. 10+ isn’t close. One player was here as a Freshman and came back, now a Senior. Another’s family moved to Whittier, so enrolled at SP. So there might be 3 or 4 who transferred. None have made a huge impact, but are young with potential. Certainly we’re not close to the transfer mill as others in the area. As far as a challenge goes I’m not privy to that info as I have no official standing with the school’s admin. Just a fan.

          • SGV FB Fan

            I stand corrected as well. I guess all those transfers I saw approved on the CIF website were wrong. What was I thinking?

          • The truth and nothing but…

            Maybe only one transfer but I know he had spoken to a lot more than just one player the past several years.

  • pirate7

    On paper vs. Serra…. the odds are Serra by 56. Are the Swordsmen up for the challenge? Good Luck!

    • Fair is fair

      Looking at the score, they sure do look like they are not ready for prime time. Didn’t think they would do well in this or the next game, but that’s still not a reason why they can’t be competitive in league. The truth is, they’re playing well out of their element on these two road games, and I’d be hard-pressed to see any team in their league, besides SF, coming out with a win either. Admittedly, 44-0 is a pretty big slap for them, and deservedly so, but the eye is on the future. JV has trounced every team they played, even Damien, and as hot and cold as the Freshmen are, they came out with a W last Thursday too.

    • The truth and nothing but…

      Pirate, 56? That’s it? Maybe if JSerra put in their Freshmen squad in the 2nd half. Let’s see JSerra whooped perennial power house St. Bonaventure while St. Paul got slaughtered by Damien 0-44, who loss to Charter Oak who was ran over by La Mirada. I know there is a running clock in high school football so I will be kind and put the line at 77.

      • Steve Ramirez

        Those type of comparisons don’t work in football. Each game has its own personality, depending how players execute or how they don’t. I remember when I was in college at Cal State Fullerton (when they had a football team), the Titans beat Wyoming (by 10), which beat Iowa State (by 15 or so), which upset Nebraska (1 or 2), which was ranked in the top 10…The CSF sports info director wrote that in his release, saying, “Does that mean the Titans would beat Nebraska by 27?” No

        • The truth and nothing but…

          Steve, I don’t disagree with what you said. But be honest, do you think if JSerra played their starters for an entire four quarters (which they won’t) even with a running clock that they won’t put up 70 points on St. Paul?

          • Steve Ramirez

            I think the question is moot, because up 40-0 at half, no coach not named Don Markham would have his starters in in the 4th under that scenario. St. Paul likely loses big, but sometimes funny things happen in football.

          • The truth and nothing but…

            I hope by funny things you mean they could lose by 50 instead of 70 and not they have a chance in winning the game.

      • Yellow Balls

        Shoot ill take the points 77. Lets bet 200 on the game. The Damien game was hard to watch. I think Damien did a great job to disguise the defense the SP QB was a bit confused and had a tough time reading the defense. This week will be a lopsided score again but God willing the Boys in Blue come out healthy and make a move during league. I called this from the start. I still say they beat Salesian, LS and HW. Just an observation.

        • SGV FB Fan

          Swordsmen will lose 56-7 or something like that. It’ll be 42-0 at the half and the 2’s and 3’s will play the 2nd half for JSerra. Prior to the season I though St. Paul would go winless in league. I think they beat La Salle now and will give HW a game but no way they beat SF, Cathedral or Salesian.

          • The truth and nothing but…

            I could easily see that score happening and the only reasons it wouldn’t be more are:
            1) JSerra showing mercy.
            2) JSerra showing mercy to a fellow Catholic school.
            3) JSerra putting all the tuition paying players into the game to not offend their parents.

        • The truth and nothing but…

          LOL! The two things St. Paul have going for it besides JSerra showing mercy are 1) Running clock and 2) Refs. I think a more realistic score would be something like 56-7 (as SGV FB Fan pointed out) or 63-7.