Whittier made a statement tonight. The Cardinals routed Schurr, 39-0. The question is now are they ready for La Serna? We’ll find out Thursday when the two square off at Pioneer High School to open Del Rio League play. But that’s next week. Let’s get to what happened tonight. Below you can find all the recaps.
Whittier’s Anthony Rios (5) runs the ball for a touchdown in the first half of a prep football game at Montebello High School in Montebello, Calif., Friday, Oct. 3, 2015. (Photo by Libby Cline)
WHITTIER 39, SCHURR 0
On Friday night at Montebello High School, Whittier had the looks of a Del Rio League contender, routing Schurr 39-0.
The legitimacy of all Del Rio teams in recent years has been determined by how they stack up with stalwart La Serna. The Cardinals will get their shot at the Lancers on Thursday when the teams open up league play.
Whittier (3-2) wasted no time jumping on Schurr when Dylan Salcido connected with Robert Rios for a 21-yard touchdown on the game’s first possession, capping a seven-play, 70-yard drive.
The Cardinals forced a three-and-out after sacking the Spartans twice on the ensuing possession. The snap on Schurr’s punt attempt then went over the punter’s head and through the end zone for a safety, extending the Whittier lead to 9-0.
Things went from bad to worse for the Spartans when their kickoff following the safety went out of bounds, giving the Cardinals great field possession at the Schurr 45.
Five plays later, Salcido found Anthony Rios for a 30-yard touchdown for a 15-0 Whittier lead.
— Richard Hernandez
KATELLA 29, EL RANCHO 7
PICO RIVERA —
Last seasons’s successful start and eventual Del Rio League championship seem so long ago for the El Rancho High School football team.
The Dons, off to their worst start since 2006, suffered their fifth consecutive loss, 29-7, and fell to visiting Katella
Friday night at Don Memorial Stadium.
Leading the way for the victorious Knights were senior quarterback Joseph Vasquez (104 yards, two touchdowns) and junior running
back Francisco Pineda with 66 yards on seven carries and a score.
Senior running back Chris Rodriguez led the Dons with 36 yards on 18 carries, while junior quarterback Nicolas Cruz
was 10 of 13 for 70 yards.
— John Sherrard
LA MIRADA 63, ARTESIA 0
La Mirada High left no doubt from the outset Friday night.
The Matadores scored touchdowns on their first nine drives, only not putting up a TD twice in the waning moments of the game, and rolled past Artesia 63-0 in a Suburban League game at Artesia.
Tristan Meyer sparked the Matadores (3-3, 2-0) at quarterback. He completed 20 of 26 passes in the first half, good for 271 yards and six touchdowns, as La Mirada held a 49-0 lead at the break.
Tevaka Tuioti took over in the third quarter at QB for the visitors and kept things going in the same direction. He completed 4 of 5 passes for 58 yards before being replaced in the fourth quarter.
The Pioneers (2-4, 1-1) struggled trying to run or throw and were hampered by turnovers. Artesia QB Todd Fahey went 4 for 9 through the air for 29 yards and one interception. Artesia had only one running play of at least 10 yards, and lost three fumbles.
— Mark Carpenter
ST. MARGARET’S 49, WHITTIER CHRISTIAN 22
The Heralds opened the nonleague game at Whittier College with a scoring drive, but he Tartans controlled it the rest of the way to remain undefeated.
Justin Osborn scored from the 1 for a 7-0 Whittier Christian lead. But the Tartans (5-0) scored the next 35 points. Quinn Commans scored on a 3-yard run and then scored with 34 seconds to play on a quarterback keeper for the Heralds (3-3). He passed for 200 yards.
Nick Watase had 170 yards of total offense and Osborn rushed for 109 yards on 13 carries.
Tartans quarterback George Krantz threw for 264 yards and five TDs.
— Teren Guerra
BOSCO TECH 36, CANTWELL-SACRED HEART 14
The Tigers ended a 28-game losing streak and finally got the better of the Cardinals against one of their fiercest rivals in a nonleague game played in Montebello.
It was the first win for Branden Jones as head coach. The Cardinals are still winless.
Quarterback Adrian Gonzalez completed 11 of 19 passes for 138 yards, including a 53-yard TD pass to Rey Castellanos. The Tigers led, 30-0, with running backs Martin Montellano going for 119 yards and a TD and Roy Escalante 67 yards and a TD.
William Hauley rushed for 51 yards for the Cardinals, scoring the only offensive TD in the third quarter.
— Angel Gutierrez
HOW THE TOP TEN FARED
1. La Habra (4-1), idle
2. La Mirada (3-3) def. Artesia, 63-0
3. La Serna (3-2), idle
4. Sonora (5-0) def. Aliso Niguel, 47-46
5. Pioneer (5-0), idle
6. Montebello (4-1), idle
7. St. Paul (3-2)
8. California (1-4) lost to San Dimas, 28-21 (Thursday)
9. Whittier (3-2) def. Schurr, 39-0
10. El Rancho (0-5) lost to Katella, 29-7
Bosco Tech 36, Cantwell-Sacred Heart 14
St. Margaret’s 49, Whittier Christian 22