LA MIRADA 52, NORWALK 7
LA MIRADA >> There were those who wondered what the effects of a brutal nonleague schedule would be on the La Mirada High School football team,
The answers came early and often Friday.
Tristan Meyer threw for 175 yards and two touchdowns and Sei-J Lauago and Chad Wilson each returned kickoffs for scores to lead the host Matadores to a 52-7 victory over Norwalk in the teams’ Suburban League opener.
Mario Hernandez rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown for La Mirada, which improved 2-3. The Matadores also got a 65-yard touchdown run from Anthony Melendez and outgained the Lancers, 422-97.
Chris Walker rushed for 81 yards for Norwalk, which slipped to 1-4.
La Mirada coach Mike Moschetti: “I was really disappointed last weekend against San Clemente. We just didn’t finish the game (in a 42-26 loss). This is a big rivalry, La Mirada and Norwalk, I thought we came out and played really physical. There is still a lot of things we have to fix, but the kids are working hard and this was a good win.”
La Mirada’s Tristan Meyer: “We worked hard all week and we executed (Friday). We played hard and executed all around.”
— Stephen Ramirez
WEST COVINA 47, SANTA FE 21
WHITTIER >> In a game that featured many big plays and droves of possessions, West Covina was able to get more done with its chances, and the Bulldogs beat Santa Fe 47-21 in a nonleague game Friday night at Pioneer High.
West Covina (2-3) got important contributions from many players, including senior quarterback Aaron McCorkle, who threw for 159 yards and two touchdowns on 6-for-15 passing.
The Bulldogs were paced on the ground by senior Mike Gomez and junior Kevin Thomas. Gomez rushed 16 times for 70 yards and three TDs. Thomas carried the ball seven times for 75 yards and a score.
West Covina got on the board 15 seconds into the game. The Chiefs (1-4) took the opening kickoff, but fumbled on their first play from scrimmage, and on their first play, the Bulldogs scored on a 9-yard run by Gomez.
Santa Fe battled back to make it 7-7 soon after when junior quarterback Christopher Ramsey connected on a 13-yard scoring toss to sophomore Thomas Gomez.
But the Bulldogs took control after that, recording the next four touchdowns to grab a 34-7 lead midway through the second period.
— Mark Carpenter
ROUNDUP: Rancho Cucamonga 59, La Serna 21
La Serna High School kept pace with Rancho Cucamonga, the No. 6 team in the CIF Southern Section West Valley Division for a quarter, but gave up 38 unanswered points in a 59-21 nonleague loss Friday night at Los Osos High School.
Rancho Cucamonga running back Aaron Manning scored four touchdowns and had 228 yards from scrimmage on just 13 touches. The senior scored the first two times he touched the ball, including an 83-yard kickoff return in the first quarter.
The No. 4 team in the CIF-SS Southeast Division, La Serna (3-2) gave up six consecutive completions on Rancho Cucamonga quarterback Angel Matute’s first six attempts of the game, the last of which was a 63-yard touchdown to Colin Wong for a 35-14 lead late in the second quarter.
The lone blemish on the Rancho Cucamonga (4-1) record entering Friday required Norco to score the final 15 points of its 29-26 defeat of the Cougars on Sept. 5. Rancho Cucamonga collected comfortable victories over Trabuco Hills and Don Lugo before needing a touchdown with 11 seconds left last week to prevail over Murrieta Valley, 34-28.
HOW THE TOP TEN FARED
1. La Habra (4-1) def. Colony, 49-6 (Thursday)
2. La Serna (3-2) lost to Rancho Cucamonga, 59-21
3. La Mirada (2-3) def. Norwalk, 52-7
4. Sonora (4-0), idle
5. Montebello (4-1) lost to Paraclete, 58-21
6. St. Paul (3-2) lost to JSerra, 42-7
7. Pioneer (5-0) def. Cantwell-Sacred Heart, 47-7
8. El Rancho (0-4) lost to Diamond Ranch, 47-14
9. California (1-3), idle
10. Whittier (2-2), idle
West Covina 49, Santa Fe 21
Whittier Chrisitan 29, Duarte 26