This week the Gladiator teams played at La Cañada High School. The Jr. Gremlins, Gremlins, Pee Wees, and Jr. Midgets played Rosemead. The Jr. Pee Wees played Pasadena Panthers, and the Midgets were scheduled to play against the El Sereno Stallions, but the Stallions forfeited.
The following parents and coaches contributed to this article: Sara Ortiz, Jeremy Cisneros, Greg Kekahuna, Chara and Gary Campanella, Dean Okland, Ken Putnam, and Chris Faulkner.
JR. GREMLIN FLAG
La Canada Gladiators v. Rosemead Rebels
(Teams do not keep Score)
Corey Cheung Scott Smith and Jake Arellano each scored a touchdown. Defense played great as Nevada Miller, Scott Ernst, Scott Smith, Alec Heberger, Timmy O’ Brien, Jason Wszelaki, and Shawn Irwin all pulled several flags. Reid Matthews, Wyatt Becker blocked well. Alec Heberger, the youngest player on the team, started at safety and got his first tackles of the year. Jake Arellano led the charge for the Gladiator’s offense as starting Quarterback. Jake then helped the team by scoring a touchdown on a 22 yard run. Jake also helped his defense by grabbing one flag. Nevada Miller had a great game and for the most part he shut down the run outside on his end.
La Canada 25, Rosemead Rebels 0
The La Canada Gremlins improved to 3-0 Saturday morning at La Canada High School with a convincing 25-0 victory over the always tough Rosemead Rebels. The Gremlin defense has quietly established itself as the dominant defense in this division having allowed no points through the first three games.
The Gladiators came out of the gates with a 47 yard touchdown run by Daylon Beasley. Once again the La Canada defense held the Rebels in check all game.
The Gladiators dominated the first half with its core defense leading the way. Brandon Shepherd, Jonah Cisneros, Jake Fitzgerald, Charlie Stewart, CJ Corlett, Daylon Beasley, Max Saucedo, Jake Okland, Kevin Gomez, Kane Austin, Victor Guiragossian, PJ Weinmann, Chris Marfisi and Jared Bringas have not allowed 1 touchdown this season thus far and went into half up 6-0.
The second half was a different story as Gladiator’s blew the game open with a 60 yard punt return by Laelan Wright. On the next offensive series, Sam Faulkner handed it to Daylon Beasley who scored on a 60 yard score. Chris Marfisi then passed to Max Saucedo for the conversion. The Gladiators led at the end of the third quarter 19-0.
The Gladiators pulled away in the final period with one more scoring run by Daylon Beasley, who racked up over 100 yards for the third straight game. The final score was 25-0.
La Canada Gremlins visit the Alhambra Thunderbirds next Sunday morning, October 13th , at Alhambra High School.
JR. PEE WEE
La Canada 13 Rosemead Rebels 38
The Junior Pee Wee Gladiators stumbled against Pasadena on Saturday at La Canada High School, losing 38-13 to the undefeated Panthers. The final score, however, did not reflect the competitiveness of the contest, especially in the second half.
After falling behind 6-0 in the first quarter, Chase Center ignited the offense with runs of 30, 15, and 10 yards. Marcus Powe made a key fumble recovery on the long drive and Colby Rees followed up a 30 yard run with a one yard touchdown dive behind center Joseph Mecit, who played solidly the entire game. Luc Campanella, Jordan LaBlanc, Anton Verheyen and Efrem Rivera did the heavy lifting on the drive, consistently pushing back the Pasadena front line. The score at the end of the first quarter was 13-6.
Pasadena opened the second quarter with three quick scores, but a nice defensive stand helped shift momentum near the end of the first half. Keith Luper, Joseph Franco, Christopher Nava, Francisco Vazquez and Lucas Ponce all contributed with tenacious tackling to turn back the Pasadena tide. The score at halftime was 32-6.
Talent Finn, Nathan Martinez and Aaron Garcia led an outstanding defensive third quarter for the Gladiators, which included a blocked punt. On offense, great downfield blocking from receivers Pierce Clarkson, Louie Del La Cruz, Christan Irianto, Jacob Martinez and Noah Langford triggered another touchdown drive for the Gladiators, scored by Chase Center with a three-yard run over the left side. By the end of the third quarter the Gladiators had cut the lead to 32-13.
The fourth quarter was highlighted by stauncher defense. When the quarter ended, the Gladiators left the battlefield firm in the knowledge that they had won a tough second half, 7-6.
Next up for the Gladiators are the Alhambra Thunderbirds next Saturday at Alhambra High School.
La Cañada 12, Rosemead Rebels 0
The Gladiator Pee Wee squad improved to 2-1 with a hard-fought victory over the Rosemead Rebels Saturday afternoon at La Canada High School. The Gladiators played in almost error-free game on both sides of the ball.
Beginning in the first quarter and continuing all game, the Gladiators defense stepped-up when needed. The first series had two tackles for loss by Chuck Meyer & Steven Arrellano, with Carter Link finishing the series off with a sack. The defense had some great plays throughout the day as Hunter Cuneo saved the shut out when the rebels broke a 40 yard run up the sideline. Thomas McConnell had a tackle for loss and a forced fumble, and the defensive line of Valentin Nunez, Michael Ruf, Gilbert de Cardenas, Matthew Buntich, Shane Johnson, Ciaran Pierce, Patrick Mohr & Joey Brunner stuffed the Rebel running attack.
On offensive, the only two scores came in the first half. The offensive line of Triston Kekahuna, Heberger, Meyer, Clayton Byer, Patrick Faulkner, Johnny Vasily, Andres Ramirez and Anthony Lozano opened up holes for Brendan Pernecky and the running backs and protected the quarterback Kade Wentz. The downfield blocking of Devin Matthews, Adam Scannell, Samuel Kunz, Nick Abdalian and Jacob Buntich was incredible.
The first score came on another great catch by Jackson Wendling on a pass from Wentz. The second score was a 40 yard run by Kevin Parada who also had an interception for the second straight game. Austin Heberger had a devastating block that opened a hole for Wentz who turned a broken play into a 6 yard gain as a QB keeper.
Next week, the Pee Wees will be visiting the Charter Oak Chargers at Charter Oak High School on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.
La Cañada 21, Rosemead Rebel 66
On Saturday October 5th at La Canada High School the Gladiator Junior Midget team were defeated 66-21 by the Rosemead Rebels late in the afternoon as shadows began to fall on the artificial turf field. The Gladiators are now 1-2 on the season. This group of young men has matured through youth football from, and has always been underdogs to the Rebel squad. Saturday was no different as the Rebel players generally were taller and weighed more as compared to the Gladiators.
La Canada scored the first touchdown in the opening minutes of the game with a pass from Quarterback Erik Zimmerman of 52 yards to Elijah Washington. Supporting the scoring drives were Kai Aguila, Chris Simonian, Jason Watson, Marcelino Martinez, Mitchell Espinosa, Daniel Cho, Clayton Esparza, Derek Albanese, Brandon Torres and Emmett Pernecky. The Rebels responded with three touchdowns before La Canada was able to get on the score board again. La Canada’s next score came with Zimmerman connecting on passes of 63 and 29 yards to Michael Torres. Chris Wood successfully kicked all 3 extra point conversions. Quarterback Erik Zimmerman and crew made yardage in the second half using a spread formation that included passes to Carson Okland, Tyler Shakibai, Greg Dulcich, Taylor McCubbin, and Kai Aguila.
Working the defensive side of the field for the Gladiators were Will Stewart, Ian Goodstein, Evan Estrada, Davy Stone, Braeden Bentzen, Artis Candler and Jack Stellwagen. The teams traded field position followed by the Rebels scoring four unanswered touchdowns to bring the final score to La Canada 21 and Rosemead 66 with a time shortened game on a running clock. The Gladiator’s hung in there to the last play showing fortitude, spunk and true sportsmanship. All the Gladiators are to be congratulated in their intense effort to never give up the fight.
Next up on the Junior Midgets schedule is Alhambra at an away contest on Saturday, October 12th at Alhambra High School.
La Cañada 1, El Sereno 0
The La Canada Gladiators improved to 3-0 as a result of a forfeit by the El Sereno Stallions. Next week the Gladiators take on the Lincoln Heights Tigers at Lincoln High School on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m