Tuesday Recap: Whittier Christian girls basketball defeats Crean Lutheran

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Girls basketball

Whittier Christian 54, Crean Lutheran 38 — Clairessa Watkins had 18 points and Christa Evans had 17 points to lead the Heralds (6-2), who won the Leon Davis Classic game Tuesday. Joleen Corona had 14 points for Whittier Christian.

Boys basketball

Montebello 58, Wilson 53 — Ethan Sims had 26 points and 11 rebounds and William Tai had 11 points and five assists for the Wildcats in a Blue Pride Classic loss Tuesday.

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Saturday Recap: Jakob Williams had 12 points for Whittier Christian boys basketball loss

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Boys basketball
Foothill 51, Whittier Christian 44 — Jakob Williams had 12 points and Justin Osborn had 11 points for the Heralds in a Buena Park Tournament loss.

Girls basketball
Whittier Christian 51, Gabrielino 39 — Joleen Corona had 15 points, three assists and three steals and Christa Evans had nine points and 18 rebounds for the Heralds (4-2), who placed fifth at the La Habra Tournament Friday.

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Edison runs over La Mirada to win CIF-SS D-3 football title

La Mirada's Chad Wilson (10) reacts after losing to Edison in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 championship football game at La Mirada High School in La Mirada on Friday December 2, 2016. Edison defeated La Mirada 44-24. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News/SCNG)

La Mirada’s Chad Wilson (10) reacts after losing to Edison in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 championship football game at La Mirada High School in La Mirada on Friday December 2, 2016. Edison defeated La Mirada 44-24. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News/SCNG)


LA MIRADA >> There will be no repeat CIF State title for the La Mirada High School football team.Jack Carmichael rushed for 179 yards and two touchdowns and Edison gave coach Dave White a nice retiring gift with a 44-24 victory over the Matadores in the CIF Southern Section Division 3 title game Friday night at La Mirada High School.Griffin O’Connor accounted for 290 yards and three touchdowns for the Chargers, who improved to 13-1 and advanced to next week’s state regional bowls. It’s Edison’s sixth CIF-SS title.Tristan Meyer threw for 257 yards and two touchdowns and Nick Hernandez rushed for 162 yards for La Mirada, which finished 11-3.Edison appeared to clinch it when Barrett McCade returned an interception 91 yards for a 34-10 lead early in the third quarter. But as La Serna found out two weeks ago in the quarterfinals, the Matadores are never out of a game.La Mirada again proved the point, scoring on consecutive drives to cut the deficit to 34-24 going into the fourth quarter.
Meyer tossed 13 yards to Jeremy Clark to cut it to 34-18 with 4:30 left in the third quarter before the Matadores recovered an onside kick and cut it to 34-24 with a 19-yard pass to Clark at 3:15.
La Mirada, after Edison’s Jack Morrell made it 37-24 with a 30-yard field goal early in the fourth, drove inside the Chargers’ 10, but Meyer misfired on consecutive passes to turn it over on downs with less than five minutes left.
Edison head coach Dave White shares with his team the Championship trophy after defeating La Mirada in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 championship football game at La Mirada High School in La Mirada on Friday December 2, 2016. Edison defeated La Mirada 44-24. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News/SCNG)

Edison head coach Dave White shares with his team the Championship trophy after defeating La Mirada in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 championship football game at La Mirada High School in La Mirada on Friday December 2, 2016. Edison defeated La Mirada 44-24. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News/SCNG)


O’Connor followed with a 90-yard pass to David Atencio before scoring on a 5-yard run to put it away at 44-24 with just over three minutes to play.
Edison led 28-10 at halftime.
The Chargers gashed the Matadores for 291 yards during the first two quarters and scored four of their seven possessions, including the final three.
They turned a close game into a rout with scoring drives of 66 and 59 yards to lead by 17 at the break.
Carmichael, who rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns in the half, keyed both marches. He had a 72-yard run to the La Mirada 6 before running it in from there for a 21-10 advantage with 2:54 left in the half.
Edison, after stopping La Mirada on five plays to force a punt, finished off the half to go up 28-10. Carmichael had a 25-yard run to the Matadores’ 28. O’Connor then finished it off with consecutive runs of 11 yards for a 18-point lead at halftime.

Both teams opened the game with turnovers. Edison followed a La Mirada fumble with a 64-yard drive and took a 7-0 lead on a 21-yard run by Carmichael at 9:13 of the first quarter.
La Mirada countered with a 75-yard drive that led to a Brandon Petruescu’ 22-yard field for a 7-3 deficit at 3:51.
The teams then traded touchdown drives.
O’Connor, who was 10 of 21 for 96 yards passing in the first half, gave the Chargers a 14-3 lead with a 14-yard pass to EJ Ginnis with 7:31 left in the second quarter.
La Mirada countered with a 65-yard drive. Meyer, who was 12 of 17 for 99 yards in the first half, then tossed 22 yards to Elijah Hicks to the 1. Meyer followed with a 1-yard run to cut it to 14-10 at 3:45.
The Matadores then appeared to recover a fumble at their 34 on the kickoff. But it was later overturned. Edison then scored on its next two drives for a 28-10 lead.
La Mirada coach Mike Moschetti: “We got whooped. We got beat. We got out-coached, didn’t make plays when we had to. Edison’s a good football team. They deserved to win. Congratulations to coach (Dave) White on a great career and going out a winner.”

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Friday Gameday Countdown: La Mirada looks to repeat, faces Edison for Division 3 title

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By Stephen Ramirez
La Mirada High School’s road to repeat has included seven consecutive wins with a running clock, a quarterfinal scare and a dominant win in the semifinals.But now comes the Matadores’ biggest test — Edison, which visits La Mirada tonight for the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 title. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised on Prime Ticket on tape delay, beginning at 8 p.m.La Mirada (11-2), which won the Southeast Division title en route to a CIF State Division III-AA championship last season, is seeking its fourth section crown and is in the title round for the 11th time. Edison is seeking its sixth CIF-SS title.
The winner advances to next week’s regional bowls.

“It always feels better (to do it again),” said La Mirada coach Mike Moschetti, whose Matadores have won 10 consecutive games since losing to Division 1 finalists St. John Bosco and Mater Dei in consecutive weeks in September. “This is the goal, this is the dream to get to this point in the season. Our kids have done a great job. We’re just really grateful and humbled that we’re here.”
But Moschetti also knows the task at hand won’t be an easy one.
Edison (11-2) has been equally as impressive reaching the finals. The Chargers have won eight consecutive games since a loss to Mater Dei in late September. They have advanced with three solid wins in the playoffs, including a 38-21 victory over Freeway champion Buena Park in the quarterfinals.
Edison features quarterback Griffin O’Connor, who has thrown for 2,985 yards and 33 touchdowns, and running back Jack Carmichael, who has rushed for 845 yards and 10 touchdowns. Kenny Carmichael leads the defense with 85 tackles and 15 sacks.
“(Edison has a) physical offensive line, playmakers at the skilled positions,” Moschetti said. “The quarterback battles, the defense plays really hard. We’re going to have to play our best football game to have a chance to win it this week.”
The same challenge is in store for Edison. La Mirada, sans having to rally for a 32-31 win over La Serna in the quarterfinals, has looked nearly unstoppable since losing to Mater Dei in late September. The Matadores dominated Division 2 finalist San Clemente (43-14) before winning seven consecutive games with a running clock. They beat Los Alamitos 36-20 in the semifinals last week.
“(La Mirada is a) great team,” said Edison coach Dave White, who is retiring at the end of this season after 31 years at the Huntington Beach school. “We have our hands full. They have so many great players and they are well-coached. They don’t have any weaknesses.
“You just have to try and play your ‘A’ game. They are going to get big plays. You just have to limit them.”
La Mirada is led by senior quarterback Tristan Meyer, who has thrown for 2,208 yards and 35 touchdowns. The Matadores also feature receiver/returner Elijah Hicks, who had a 66-yard punt return for a touchdown vs. Paso Robles in the first round, and an 82-yard kickoff return for a score against La Serna. He has 24 receptions for 419 yards and five touchdowns. Hicks also has five interceptions.
Running backs Nick Hernandez, who is still nursing sore ribs, and Anthony Melendez have combined to rush for 1,224 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Both teams played Los Alamitos, with La Mirada scoring a 16-point win last week and Edison beating the Griffins 17-9 in October.
“We won it last year, so now we have a big target on our back now,” Meyer said. “We just have to go out and play our game. Hopefully, it comes out well.”

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