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Maranatha, Poly, St. Francis Win League Openers

First published in the Oct. 6 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

The Maranatha High School varsity football team remained undefeated after opening Cottonwood League action last Friday with a 35-27 victory at Whittier Christian of La Habra.
Quarterback Michael Martin completed 12-of-18 passes for 189 yards and a pair of touchdowns while also rushing twice for 40 yards. Miles Omalley rushed for a game-high 123 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries. Connor Patterson had three catches for 95 yards and a touchdown, while Samuel Funches added one reception for a 65-yard touchdown. Miguel Vazquez made a pair of catches for 22 yards, Justice Wolyn rushed for 17 yards on six carries and Max Gould had one 6-yard reception. Bradley Loiacono, who had three tackles on defense, rushed for 13 yards on one carry while adding a 2-yard reception. Aj Campana rushed for 8 yards on two carries and made one tackle on defense, while Owen Meleka went 5-for-5 in PAT attempts.
Carter Shupper had 11 tackles while Jacob Neely posted eight tackles. Niko Vergara tallied five tackles, Isaac Ton and Paul Argueta each registered four tackles, and Jah Reeves produced three tackles and a sack. Dexter Bryant and Patrick Covert each finished with a pair of tackles, while James Lee, Beau Stubbs, Andrew Massino and Jt Lam each had one tackle.
The Minutemen previously closed the nonleague portion of their schedule by routing visiting Silver Valley High of Yermo, 42-12. Martin completed eight passes for 131 yards and three touchdowns while adding 89 yards and a touchdown on six carries. Omalley rushed for a game-high 158 yards and a pair of touchdowns on nine carries. Funches caught four passes for 52 yards, two of which resulted in touchdowns, while Patterson made a pair of catches for 35 yards and a touchdown. Loiacono made one reception for 32 yards while adding four tackles on defense, Reeves had a 12-yard reception, Wolyn rushed for 34 yards on five carries and Meleka went 6-for-6 in PAT attempts.
Massino racked up seven tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery, Shupper tallied game-high eight tackles, and Lam collected five tackles and a sack. Dejohn Jones and Bryant each posted four tackles, Campana and Ton each registered three tackles, and Neely finished with two tackles. Paul Argueta, Karsten Halvorson, Duke Mora, Niko Lareau Vazquez, Christian Christodoulou, Covert and Stubbs each had one tackle.
Maranatha (5-0-1, 1-0 in league) will host winless Hamilton High of Anza (0-5 overall, 0-1 in league) in a league game on Friday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m.


Poly opened Rio Hondo League action by routing visiting Temple City, 54-12, snapping a four-game losing streak and helping the Panthers improve to 1-0 in league.

The Panthers snapped their four-game losing streak and won their Rio Hondo League opener last Friday over visiting Temple City, 54-12.
Freshman Jad Ammar rushed for 112 yards and three touchdowns. Junior Henry McDonald rushed for 90 yards and a pair of touchdowns while connecting with senior Nathaniel Marko for a touchdown in the air. Sophomore Everson Mathis rushed for 48 yards and a touchdown.

Poly (1-4 overall, 1-0 in league) will continue league action at San Marino (2-4 overall, 0-1 in league) on Friday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m.

The Lancers lost their Del Rey League opener last Thursday against visiting St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy of Downey, 61-6.
Quarterback David Mysza completed 10 passes for six yards and a touchdown while adding 26 yards on six carries. Will Clougherty, who had four tackles on defense, made five catches for 34 yards and a touchdown. Anthony Balurdi rushed for a team-high 64 yards on 14 carries while adding three tackles on defense. Mauricio Pavon had three catches for 15 yards and two tackles on defense, Aidan Leyland made one reception for 10 yards and five tackles on defense, and David Vanden Bosch rushed for 4 yards on a pair of carries and added a pair of tackles on defense.
Thomas Gomez collected eight tackles, Chris Cardenas hadd six tackles, and Daniel Arroyas Jr. registered five tackles. Christian Alarcon and Andrew Boecking each produced three tackles, Dylan Taylor had two tackles, and Drew Ward, Ian Truitt and Jack Seibert each finished with one tackle.

La Salle’s Aidan Leyland made eight catches for 139 yards over his last two games as the Lancers moved to 3-4 overall.

La Salle previously closed the nonleague portion of its schedule after defeating host East Bakersfield High, 41-21. Mysza completed 22 of 31 passes for 343 yards, six touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions. Pavon had eight receptions for a team-high 142 yards and three touchdowns, while Leyland made seven catches for 129 yards and three touchdowns. Arroyas Jr. had three receptions for 40 yards, while Vanden Bosch rushed for 30 yards on eight carries and made one 16-yard reception. Cardenas rushed for 33 yards on seven carries while adding seven tackles and a sack of defense. Clougherty had three receptions for 17 yards and eight tackles on defense, while Collis Chu rushed for 1 yard and had one tackle on defense.
Gomez amassed 13 tackles while Seibert recorded three tackles. Boecking, Taylor, Mak Hadziosmanovic and Alex Darlas each finished with a pair of tackles, while Christopher Bahou, James Nolan, Raphael Viramontes, and Tyler Charvat each had one tackle.
The Lancers (3-4 overall, 0-1 in league) will host St. Anthony High of Long Beach (2-4 overall) in a league game on Friday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m.

The Golden Knights recorded their second straight win after dominating visiting Paraclete last Friday in their Angelus League opener, 45-14. Individual statistics were not reported to the Pasadena Outlook.
St. Francis (3-3 overall, 1-0 in league) will continue league action at Cathedral High in Los Angeles (5-1 overall, 1-0 in league) on Friday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m.

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