Maranatha, St. Francis, La Salle Win; Flintridge Prep, Polytechnic Fall

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(Photo courtesy David Thomas) - Miguel Vazquez caught three passes for 80 yards and helped Maranatha rally from a 16-point deficit to defeat Santa Rosa Academy, 34-16, last Friday. The Minutemen are undefeated on the season with a 7-0-1 record.

First published in the Oct. 20 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

The Maranatha High School varsity football team became the last undefeated Cottonwood League team after dominating previously unbeaten Santa Rosa Academy of Menifee, 34-16, last Friday.
The Minutemen trailed 16-0 after the first quarter but reclaimed the lead with a 20-point second quarter. The Maranatha defense held Santa Rosa’s offense silent for the remaining three quarters while the offense added a pair of insurance touchdowns in the third quarter.
Quarterback Michael Martin completed 16 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 20 yards and a touchdown on seven attempts. Miles Omalley had another big offensive night, rushing for 84 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries. Connor Patterson made four receptions for 28 yards and a touchdown, Samuel Funches had five catches for 93 yards and Miguel Vazquez had three receptions for 80 yards. Jahmel Reeves made a 25-yard catch while adding eight tackles and a sack on defense, Bradley Loiacono had a 22-yard reception and made a pair of tackles on defense, and Isaac Ton rushed for 7 yards on three attempts and made five tackles on defense. Meanwhile, Owen Meleka went 4-for-5 in PAT attempts.
Carter Shupper registered a team-high nine tackles, Jacob Neely recorded eight tackles and Paul Argueta finished with seven tackles. Aj Campana and Niko Vergara each made five tackles, while Jt Lam had a pair of tackles and a fumble recovery. Dexter Bryant, Patrick Covert, Beau Stubbs and Karsten Halvorson each had one tackle, while Elijah Chung recovered a fumble.
The Minutemen previously routed visiting Hamilton High of Anza, 55-8, as Martin completed 8-of-10 passes for 137 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for 33 yards and a touchdown on one attempt. Liam Ohannesian connected with Bryant on his lone pass attempt for an 88-yard touchdown. Reeves made a 34-yard catch for a touchdown, returned an interception for a touchdown, and had four tackles and a sack on defense. Patterson made four catches for 70 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Ton rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown on one carry while adding six tackles on defense, and Vazquez had a pair of catches for 28 yards and a touchdown. Omalley rushed for 78 yards on five carries, Funches made a 5-yard reception and Meleka went 6-for-7 in PAT attempts.
Shupper registered a game-high 10 tackles, Andrew Massino finished with seven tackles and a sack, and Paul Argueta recorded six tackles and 0.5 sacks. Bryant had four tackles, 0.5 sacks and an interception, Vergara and Stubbs each made four tackles, and Justice Wolyn and Neely each finished with a pair of tackles. Loiacono had two interceptions and a tackle, while Christian Christodoulou, Ryan Twedell, James Lee, Campana, Covert and Halvorson each made one tackle.
Undefeated Maranatha (7-0-1 overall, 3-0 league) will continue league action at winless Vasquez High in Acton (0-3 in league) on Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m.

FLINTRIDGE PREP

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Flintridge Prep sophomore Aj Carre rushed for 18 yards to help the Wolves win their nonleague finale over visiting Grace Brethren on Oct. 6.

The Wolves suffered their first loss after dropping their Prep League opener against visiting Sage Hill High of Newport Beach, 52-26, last Thursday.
Senior quarterback Jack Jones completed 11-of-14 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 10 yards on five carries. Senior Luca Yeghnazar rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown on nine attempts, while freshman Owen Willingham made four catches for 72 yards and a touchdown. Junior quarterback Alex Chorba completed five passes for 63 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Freshman Will Grable had four receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown, while sophomore John Battaglia made a 24-yard catch for a touchdown. Freshman Nathan Sanok rushed for 35 yards on nine carries and made a pair of receptions for 18 yards. Junior Noah Willingham and freshman Nico Chapman each made a catch for 6 and 4 yards, respectively, while senior Nnamdi Nwaenia had a 2-yard catch.
Flintridge Prep previously matched last year’s win total by defeating visiting Grace Brethren High of Simi Valley, 53-35. With a victory over Grace Brethren, the Wolves have defeated both of last season’s CIF-SS Division I finalists as they steamrolled the nonleague portion of their schedule. The Wolves defeated last year’s CIF champion Cate High of Carpinteria to open the season, followed by a shutout over Thacher High of Ojai, which defeated Flintridge Prep in the opening round of the 2021 CIF playoffs.
Jones completed 8-of-10 passes for 115 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 13 yards on three carries. Noah Willingham rushed for 127 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries and made three catches for 51 yards. Chorba completed five passes for 50 yards and a touchdown, senior Luke Chapman had three receptions for 81 yards, and sophomore Aj Carre rushed for 18 yards on seven carries. Nwaenia had three catches for 14 yards, Grable caught a pair of passes for 14 yards and Yeghnazar had one reception for 8 yards.
The Wolves (4-1 overall, 0-1 in league) will continue league action by hosting Windward High of Los Angeles (0-1 in league) on Friday, Oct. 21, at 6 p.m.

ST. FRANCIS

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St. Francis senior Michael Gordo had five tackles, a sack and an interception in the Golden Knights’ victory.

The Golden Knights won their fourth consecutive game and remained undefeated in Angelus League action after thumping visiting Crespi High of Encino, 48-21, last Friday.
Senior quarterback Jack Jacobs completed 13-of-19 passes for 239 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for 34 yards on five attempts. Senior Devyn Turner made five catches for 69 yards and a pair of touchdowns while also rushing for 19 yards and a touchdown on four attempts. Senior Jett Mccullough had a pair of receptions for 81 yards, both of which resulted in touchdowns, while senior Antonio Merlos made three catches for 60 yards. Sophomore John Sanders completed a pair of passes for 35 yards and rushed for 8 yards on 10 carries. Senior Hank Foley had a pair of receptions for 24 yards while adding two tackles and an interception on defense. Junior John Calmette made a 29-yard catch while adding seven tackles and an interception on defense. Senior DruShun Phillips rushed for 5 yards on one attempt while adding four tackles and an interception on defense. Junior Giuliano Lampasona made a 6-yard catch, senior Owen Peterson rushed for 3 yards on four carries, and senior Clint Geryak and junior Alexander Ang each drilled a field goal.
Junior Preston Jernegan registered eight tackles while senior Michael Gordo had five tackles, a sack and an interception. Sophomore Jamie Lawyer made four tackles, while senior Ryan Doerfler, junior Phillip Ocon, junior Alex Juarez, sophomore Julian Navarro, sophomore Luke Cullen, and sophomore Thomas Deluccia each recorded three tackles. Junior Tyler Cofre had a pair of tackles and recovered a fumble, junior Joseph Sonner made two tackles, and senior Philippe Shammaa, senior Racin Delgatty, senior Logan Collazo, junior Adam Sandoval, sophomore Trent Seley each finished with one tackle.
SFHS previously won a league game Cathedral High in Los Angeles, 48-39. Jacobs completed 12-of-18 passes for 211 yards and a pair of touchdowns while rushing for 59 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. Turner rushed for 80 yards on 11 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns. Merlos made five receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown, while Phillips had a pair of catches for 12 yards and a touchdown with three tackles on defense. Calmette had three receptions for 29 yards, ran for 13 yards on five carries and made six tackles on defense. Mccullough made a pair of catches for 82 yards, and junior Alexander Ang went 6-for-6 in PAT attempts.
Jernegan led the team with 11 tackles and an interception, Navarro registered eight tackles, and senior Ryan Doerfler had six tackles. Lawyer made five tackles, Sandoval registered four tackles and an interception, and Foley made three tackles. Gordo and Juarez each registered a pair of tackles, while junior Nizam Nama had one tackle.
St. Francis (6-2 overall, 3-0 in league) will continue league action by hosting St. Paul High of Santa Fe Springs (1-2 in league) on Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m.

LA SALLE

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La Salle Anthony Balurdi rushed for 56 yards on 16 carries to help the Lancers crush visiting St. Anthony High of Long Beach, 27-7.

The Lancers dominated visiting St. Anthony High of Long Beach, 27-7, in a Del Rey League game on Oct. 7.
Junior quarterback David Mysza completed 14 passes for 221 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 34 yards on five carries. Junior Aidan Leyland made seven catches for 86 yards and a pair of touchdowns and registered seven tackles and an interception on defense. Senior Will Clougherty made a pair of catches for 89 yards and a touchdown. Senior Anthony Balurdi rushed for 56 yards on 16 carries, had a pair of receptions for 23 yards, and made six tackles and a sack on defense. Sophomore Daniel Arroyas Jr. had eight tackles, a fumble recovery and a 12-yard reception on offense. Junior Mauricio Pavon had three receptions for 31 yards and a touchdown and five tackles on defense.
Freshman Chris Cardenas anchored the defense by racking up 11 tackles and a pair of sacks, while junior Andrew Boecking registered six tackles and a sack. Jack Seibert had six tackles, junior Thomas Gomez made five tackles and a sack, and senior Adam Pavon recorded three tackles and a sack. Freshman Christian Alarcon registered three tackles, junior David Vanden Bosch and freshman Drew Ward each had two tackles, and sophomore Dylan Taylor made one tackle.
La Salle (4-4 overall, 1-1 in league), which had a bye last week, will resume league action by hosting St. Genevieve High of Panorama City (0-2 in league) on Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m.

POLYTECHNIC

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Polytechnic’s varsity football captains include (from left) Nicolas Cardenas, Everson Mathis, Elliott Rowley and Cole Mallinger. The Panthers moved to 1-6 overall after their recent loss.

The Panthers lost a Rio Hondo League game against visiting Monrovia, 54-7, last Friday. Poly previously lost a league game at San Marino, 41-20. Individual statistics were not reported to the Pasadena Outlook.
The Panthers (1-6 overall, 0-2 in league) will battle South Pasadena (2-1 in league) at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m.