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Jr. Gremlin (Flag)

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The La Canada Jr. Gremlin Flag Football team was coming off a great game from the following week to face a strong Hawk team on Saturday afternoon at Duarte High Scholl.

Gladiators started on offense and took the first drive right to the hawks with an impressive 40 yard touchdown drive. Marcus Martin, Brady Kline, Charlie Stewart, Sebastian Maya-Aviles, Easton Caneva , Ryan Gonzalez and CJ Corlett lead the charge. Daylon Beasley capped it off with a 10 yard TD run.

Throughout the game it was a offensive struggle for both sides. Gladiator’s defense were playing tough throughout the day with shutdown defense lead by Jonah Cisneros, Easton Caneva, Braedon McGinness, Daylon Beasley, Michael Okland, Caden Smith Dexter Matthews, Marcus Martin, Michael Okland, Teddy Amorosi and Zachory Roh.

The second half consisted of that same shut down defense the Gladiators are known for. Jonah Cisneros had 2 sacks, Zachary Roh, Daylon Beasely and Easton Caneva had touchdown saving plays.  Hawks could not score until the the end of the 4th quarter.

The Gladiator Jr Gremlins invite everyone to join them at La Canada High School next Sunday, Oct 23rd, as they face the East L.A. Bobcats at 8:30 a.m.


La Canada 0 Duarte Hawks 6

On Saturday morning at Duarte High School, the La Canada Gladiators were defeated in a hard fought battle 6-0.  The Gladiators are now 2-3 on the season.

The Gladiators opened on defense and Duarte put together a long drive to score the only points of the day.  The defensive consisting of Frus Matthew Buntich, McConnell, Castaneda,  Dylan Luper, Efrem Rivera, Aaron Garcia, Zachary Northrup and Marcus Ponce played an outstanding game. Gladiator linebackers, Meyer, Hurley and Frus were hitting well.  Although the Gladiator offense had problems in the first half, the defense played an outstanding game. The Hawks only score came in the second quarter following a Gladiator miscue.

In the second half, the Gladiators attempted a reverse on the kick-off and it was well defended by Duarte.  Quarterback Lund executed a completion to Powe for 12 yards, but the running game was stalled.  On their next series, the Gladiator offense began to click.  McConnell carried for 25 yards and then Powe added another 15 on a reverse.  Duarte adjusted and stopped the Gladiators on downs.  On the next series, Heberger, McConnell and Rees forced a Duarte fumble at the 35 yard line.  The offensive line had a terrific surge to allow Hurley to gain a crucial 4th and inches to keep the drive alive.  Lund connected with McConnell for 17 yards on a well executed flare pass to the keep the drive alive on another 4th down.  Unfortunately, Duarte once again held firm and the Gladiators turned the ball over on downs to end the game.

Come out to support the team next week when the Gladiators host the East LA Bobcats at La Canada High School at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 23rd.

Jr. Pee Wee

La Canada: 26 Duarte Hawks 0

The La Canada Gladiator Jr Pee Wees improved to 4-1 with their fourth consecutive victory defeating the Duarte Hawks 26-0 at Duarte High School on Saturday morning.   The La Canada Gladiator Junior Pee Wee offense against the Duarte Hawks was essentially running back Elijah Washington and quarterback Joseph Reyes with 3 touchdowns and 203 yards running between them at the Hawks home field. The offense supporting staff included Harrison Woo, Mitchell Espinosa, Kai Aguila with 44 yards additional rushing and pass receptions.  On the defensive side of the game the players made individual tackles included, Evan Estrada, Ian Goodstein, Joseph Reyes, Elijah Washington and Carson Okland. Chris Wood, Harrison Woo, Jack Rothgeb, Chris Simonian and Jacob Buntich also assisted in tackles. The Gladiators excelled at turnovers when Evan Estrada came up big with a pass interception and Ian Goodstein recovered a Duarte fumble.

The Hawks took the opening kickoff. And immediately felt the punishment dealt by the Gladiator defense consisting of front line players Will Stewart, Mitchell Espinosa, Ian Goodstein, Jack Rothgeb, Michael Egan, Garrett Hamilton, David Getzen, Derek Albanese, Jacob Buntich and secondary players consisting of Joseph Reyes, Elijah Washington, Evan Estrada, Jake George, Gaige Kier, Angel Martinez, Cade Vanneman, Chris Wood and Carson Okland. After stopping the Hawks cold, the hustling duo of Marcelino Martinez and Jacob Buntich blocked the punt.

The Gladiator offense took immediate advantage of the blocked punt. Quarterback Joe Reyes tossed a 15 yard pass to Kai Aguila and then Reyes ran the ball the last 15 yards for the Gladiators’ first score. Chris Wood was successful on the 2 point conversion making the score 8-0.

On the very next Hawk offensive play, Evan Estrada picked off a Duarte pass for the interception. Three plays later, Elijah Washington swept the left side of the field and jettisoned past the Hawk defense for a 27 yard touchdown run. The score at the end of the first quarter – La Canada 14 and Duarte 0.

The second quarter was marked by penalties effectively stymieing both squads’ drives. At one point, the Gladiators had a great 70 yard drive going, but an unfortunate fumble was recovered by the Hawks stopping the Gladiator drive. The halftime ended with neither team scoring in the second quarter.

The Hawks offense opened the third quarter. On the third play, the swarming defense of La Canada collectively gang tackled the Hawk ball carrier and forced a fumble. From the bottom of the pile, Ian Goodstein finally got up clinging onto the football having recovered the Hawk fumble. The offense, consisting of front line blockers Evan Estrada, Clayton Esparza, William Henderson, Ashton Baron, Michael Eagan, Griffin Dilbeck, Blake Northrop and Marcelino Martinez and backfield Joseph Reyes, Tyler Shakibai, Elijah Washington, Harrison Woo, Kai Aguila, Angel Martinez, Chris Simonian, Miles Haxton, and Jacob Buntich, would again honor the defense by turning their efforts with the fumble recovery into Gladiator points on the board. La Canada marched the ball down the field 56 yards for the touchdown. The highlight play of the drive was a reverse from Joseph Reyes to Elijah Washington to Harrison Woo for a 25 yard gain. Washington punched the ball in from 8 yards out for his second touchdown of the day making the score 20-0.

Opening up the fourth quarter on their first play, Gladiator quarterback Reyes handed the ball to Washington who made his third touchdown with a 32 yard run. Washington had 141 total yards gained for the day. There was no other scoring in the quarter. The final score was La Canada Gladiator Jr. Pee Wees 26 and Duarte Hawks Jr. Pee Wees 0.

The Gladiators Jr Pee Wees next host the tough East LA Bobcats on Saturday October 23, 2011 at noon. The game will be played at La Canada High School.

Pee Wee

La Canada 8 Duarte Hawks 0

The Gladiators played their best defensive game of the year against a determined Duarte squad, protecting an 8-0 shut-out in a game highlighted by two La Canada interceptions, and four Duarte drives ending with a punt or a turn-over on downs.  This brings the Pee Wee season record to 2-3.

La Canada kicked off to start the game, and Duarte began at midfield.  The Hawks moved into Gladiator territory, facing the defense anchored by Nathan Gray, Michael Doud, Theo Chamberlain and Zachary Kejmar on the line, and defensive backs Kurtis McNevin, Michael Chan, Jason Rowton, Jules Buenabenta and Jackson Tottleben, and safeties Will McConnell and Gregory Dulcich.  Conrad Oakes and Rowton made a stop on a Hawks sweep, and McConnell made a TD-saving tackle to give the Hawks first & 10 on the Gladiator 14 yard line.  Two plays later, safety Gregory Dulcich stepped in and intercepted the ball on the Gladiator 7 yard line.  He picked up a few blocks, including a key one from Brandt Lukas, dodged a couple of Hawks players in the open field, and returned the ball 93 yards for the score.  McConnell converted the kick, for an 8-0 Gladiator lead.  Duarte took the ensuing kick to the Gladiator 45, but the defense, with support from Connor McGoldrick and Jordan Kruglov, and led by tackles from Lukas, Nathan Gray, and Rowton forced a 4th and 7, and Jason Rowton intercepted the Hawks pass on the Gladiator 27 to end the quarter.

The La Canada offense, led by QB Andrew VanGinkel, running backs Chan, Tottleben and McConnell, the line of Chamberlain, Peter Simmeth, Buenabenta, Doud and Rowton, and tight ends McNevin and Dulcich, went to work.  Mixing the running of Chan and McConnell behind Totleben’s blocking, the Gladiators put together a 12 play drive, highlighted by a 16 yard McConnell to Dulcich pass for a first down on the Duarte 32.  The drive stalled, and after a Gladiator punt, the Hawks began from their own 23.  La Canada absorbed a sustained drive, but the swarming defense, pressure on the QB and tough hitting led by Rowton, McConnell, Totleben and McNevin resulted in a turn-over on downs at the Gladiator 29.  Bobby Gazmarian ran out the clock, and the half ended with La Canada 8, Duarte 0.

La Canada opened the second half with the ball on their own 33.  The running game notched two first downs, behind additional line support from Gavin Chi, Kyle Ramirez, Jack Rappard, Drake Barron, Ethan DeMoulin and Justin Sabourin.  But a couple of penalties pushed La Canada back into its own territory, and forced a punt on 4th and 25.  Theo Chamberlain made a nice tackle on the return to prevent a big Duarte gain.  As the clock continued to tick, the tempo and hits picked up intensity, and La Canada proved up to the task.  Dulcich, Rowton, Totleben and Chan all made nice open field stops, and the defense with additional play from Michael Solis and Grady Schilling, stopped a Duarte 4th and 9 to take the ball back on the Gladiator 46, ending the third quarter.

The Hawks and Gladiators traded short drives to start the fourth quarter, the Hawks recovering their own punt on the midfield line when it was ruled a La Canada player touched the ball before it was downed by Duarte.  The Gladiator defense came up huge, ignoring the chants of the Duarte faithful to stop the Hawks on 3rd and 3 (Doud and Buenabenta), and on 4th and 3 with a gang tackle led by Zachary Kejmar.  The Gladiators took over on their own 33, and behind a line including Richard Berry and David Lewis gained two first downs, McConnell converting a critical 4th and 3 to allow the Gladiators to run out the clock, and preserve the shut-out victory.  Final score: La Canada 8, Duarte 0.

Please join the Gladiators at La Canada High School next Sunday, October 23rd at 2:00 p.m., as they face the always tough East LA Bobcats.

La Canada Jr Midget

La Canada 32 Walnut Diamond Bar Cowboys 7

For the first time this season, the undefeated Junior Midget team from La Canada found itself in a tight 14-7 ball game at the half.  The Gladiators faced a tough Cowboy squad from Walnut/Diamond Bart who also entered the contest undefeated.  The Gladiators knew that this was going to be its most difficult game of the year to date.  “We scrimmaged them in the summer and it was a hard hitting and intense afternoon,” stated Gladiator Head Coach Jason Sarceda.  “They were tough in the first half,” added Sarceda, “but we came out in the second half and attacked them with what we do best – running the ball.”   The end result was a 32-7 Gladiator victory and important roads win for the Gladiators.

Initially the game looked as if it was going to be another dominating victory when three plays into the contest, Drake Beasley scored on a five yard run.  The touchdown run was set up by two exciting Mario Martinez runs for a combined 52 yards.  After a brief Cowboy possession ended on a Max Meyer interception, the Gladiators pushed the lead to 14-0 on a 66 yard touchdown run by Martinez.  The Gladiators and the Cowboys would exchange the ball several times throughout the balance of the first half with neither team able to move the ball effectively.  However, the Cowboys hit “pay dirt” late in the first half scoring on a beautiful 46 yard touchdown pass cutting the score to 14-7 just seconds before the half.

The Cowboys took possession of the ball to begin the second half and the defense held firm forcing the Cowboys to punt the ball after three running plays.  Five plays later the Gladiators extended their lead to 20-7 on Drake Beasley’s second touchdown of the day.  Brett Gangi set the Beasley touchdown run up with a 33 yard counter play on the drive.  After another “3 and out” forced by the Gladiator defense, the offensive unit went on an 8 play drive that extended the lead to 26-7.  That drive was capped off by a Martinez 6 yard touchdown scamper.  The Gladiators finished off the scoring with a 70 yard touchdown run by Gangi.  The Gladiators had a very successful day on the ground with three players rushing over the century mark.  Martinez gathered 152 yards on 10 carries and 2 touchdowns.  Beasley finished with 118 yards on 14 carries and 2 touchdowns.  Gangi also rushed for over 100 yards for the first time this season with 113 yards on 5 carries and a touchdown.  Head Coach Jason Sarceda was full of praises for his offensive unit.  “That was great balance today!  Everyone contributed.  Tyler Hill, Thomas Riley, and David Yoon all blocked extremely well and the running game was in high gear.”

The defense dominated the line of scrimmage from start to finish with outstanding play by nose guard Alexander Guiragossian, defensive lineman David Vardanian, and defensive end Johnnie Padilla.  “The Cowboys were a solid team and we shut them down for most of the game and especially in the second half,” added Sarceda.  With the win, the Gladiators improved to 5-0 on the season and will be back at La Canada High School on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. to face the Whittier Redskins.

La Canada Midget

La Canada 0 Duarte Hawks 30

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