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La Canada Gladiators v. Glendale Bears

(Teams do not keep Score)


The La Canada Gladiator Jr. Gremlins squared off against the Glendale Bears last Sunday at Bishop Mora Salesian High School in Los Angeles.


The Junior Gremlins defense was once again dominant. Matthew Merrill, Carter Freeman and Andrew Sibbrell’s non-stop pressure kept the Bears in check for the entire game. Sebastian Pascuzzo, Abraham Saleah, Andrew Ortiz and Joseph Padilla all contributed hard-nosed performances to the Gladiator’s tough as nails defensive- line. Gunner Herman had a 3rd quarter interception that was crucial to La Canada’s tight-fisted play.


Quarterback Maddox Freeman had a good day, completing passes to Liam Pasten, Jaymes Hale-Dietlein and Alec Herberger – who made an impressive 20- yard reception while in triple coverage. Jake Lee and Andrew Sibbrell combined for The Jr. Gremlin’s 50 rushing yards. Harrison Schloessman, Aaron Matthews, Luke Danni, Izacc Alzaga-Servin and Flynn Millstein rounded out LC’s fantastic team effort.


The Gladiator’s will wind up their season at home on Sunday, November 9th, facing the East LA Bulldogs at La Canada High School.



La Canada 14, Glendale Bears 0


No Report Received.


Jr. Pee Wee

La Canada 27 Glendale Bears 0


On Sunday, at Bishop Mora Salesian High School in Los Angeles, the Gladiator Jr. Pee Wee squad routed the previously unbeaten Glendale Bears 27-0 and secured a spot in the upcoming playoffs beginning next weekend. At this point, it is unclear who the Gladiators will face in the Quarterfinal round. The Gladiators finished the regular season with a record of 6-1.


The Gladiators Laelan Wright took the opening kickoff to the Glendale Bears 34 yard line.  Unfortunately, the Gladiators were unable to pick up a first down, and Glendale took over possession.  On Glendale’s first play from scrimmage, La Canada’s Daylon Beasley recovered a fumble giving La Canada the ball back on Glendale’s 29 yard line.


This time La Canada was able to move the ball, as Matthew Watson made two great runs giving La Canada the ball first and goal on Glendale’s seven yard line.  However, Glendale’s defense was able to stop the Gladiators, leaving the ball on their own one yard line.  This proved to be problematic for Glendale, as Dexter Matthews, Brandon Shepherd and Leland Beasley combined to tackle Glendale’s running back in the end zone for a safety, and the Gladiators seized an early 2-0 lead.


La Canada took the ball on the kick and started their passing attack featuring Samuel Faulkner throwing to Pierce Clarkson for a 12 yard gain.  Unfortunately, the Gladiators turned it over to end the first quarter.


The Glendale Bears were unable to move the ball, as a big sack by Watson forced Glendale to punt.   A penalty on the punt by Glendale gave the Gladiators the ball on Glendale’s 15 yard line.  This time the Gladiators delivered, with some great running by Jonah Cisneros and Daylon Beasley.  Beasley took it in for a touchdown, from two yards out, making the score 9-0 in favor of the Gladiators.


Glendale continued to have trouble moving the ball, as a sack by Caden Smith and DaMarcus Caruana took the starch out of their drive. This left the score 9-0 in favor of the Gladiators at the half.


The second half scoring was all done by the La Canada Gladiators.  The Glendale Bears were, once again, unable to move the ball and forced to punt.  On the Gladiators first offensive play after the half, Andrew Sharman went 77 yards for a touchdown making it 15-0 Gladiators. Glendale’s next possession came up short again, as a sack by Jake Fitzgerald forced another Glendale punt.


The Gladiators took control and delivered again, as the fleet of foot, Matthew Watson went 40 yards after an effective stiff arm allowed him to score another Gladiator touchdown.


On Glendale’s next possession, they were able to move the ball down to the Gladiators 17 yard line, but some great plays were made by Luca Cuneo and Daylon Beasley to break up a couple of Glendale passes.  This forced Glendale to give the ball up on downs, to close out the third quarter with the Gladiators leading 21-0.


The fourth quarter featured a pass and catch clinic with Samuel Faulkner throwing three times to Luca Cuneo for some big gains of 13, 18 and 27 yards.  Faulkner was able to throw a four yard touchdown to Andrew Sharman, for his second touchdown of the game, making the final score 27-0.


Pee Wee

La Canada 32 Glendale Bears 20


With a playoff berth on the line, the Gladiator PeeWee team ground down the Glendale Bears on Sunday, 39-21 at Bishop Mora Salesian High School in Los Angeles.  The Gladiators ended the regular season with a record of five wins and two losses and secured a playoff spot as the second seed in the Arroyo League. Is unclear who the Gladiator’s opponent will be in the first round of playoffs this upcoming weekend.


Colby Rees and Zeal Shumate combined power and speed in a rushing attack that chewed up yardage and clock, while Max Herman led a swarming defense that stung a grizzly Bear attack.


Samuel Galeano set the tone, sacking the Bear’s quarterback for a seven-yard loss on the game’s first play.  After successive 15 yard Bear runs that fired up the home crowd, the Gladiator’s forced an incomplete pass with pressure on the quarterback and tight coverage downfield from corners Jacob Martinez and Louise De la Cruz.  Two plays later and the Gladiator offense took over on downs.


Offensive linemen Duncan Sprengal, Kilian Trulik, Ryan Villalobos, Mher Baranian, Luke Waters, Anton Verheyen, and Luc Campanella then drove a wedge through the Bear defense.  Colby Rees followed their lead for power runs of 4, 2, and 3 yards, setting up Aaron Garcia’s four-yard fourth down jab, to maintain the Gladiator drive.  Zeal Shumate then raced down the right side of the field on a broken play for a 52-yard touchdown run.  Rees passed to Max Herman for the conversion, and the Gladiators led 7-0.


Kilian Trulik got into the act defensively on the Bear’s next possession, stopping a run cold.  Herman and Campanella combined on a tackle for a two-yard loss on the next play, and then Trulik and Lucas Ponce snuffed out a third down run. With nowhere to run on this drive, the Bear’s went over the top on fourth down for a 35-yard touchdown pass that tied the game 7-7 at the end of the first quarter.


The Gladiator’s took control in the second quarter.  The offensive line again drove forward in rugby-like formation, and Rees, Garcia, and Shumate battled for small chunks of yards.  Four consecutive first downs had the ball on the Bear 24 when Shumate broke free again on a fake counter, racing around right end for another score.  The conversion was good by Shumate, and the Gladiator’s led 14-7.


Rees then recovered the onside kick, and the Gladiators again drove forward.  Garcia and Rees again pounded the middle, setting up Shumate next four, and the Gladiators were suddenly on top 20-7 at the end of the first half.


The Gladiators opened the third quarter with ferocity.  Shumate took the opening kickoff at the Gladiator ten yard line and weaved through the Glendale defense for a 90-yard kick return touchdown. Rees ran in the conversion to put the Gladiators up 27-7.  Rees then intercepted a pass on the Bear’s first offensive play of the second half.  The offense went into grind mode again, with Rees scoring from three yards out to put the Gladiators of 33-14.  The Bears responded with a score, but the third quarter ended with the Gladiators in front, 33-14.


In the fourth quarter the Gladiators mounted one more long scoring drive behind Rees who scored on a two-yard touchdown dive to put the Gladiators up 39-14. Glendale scored again to make the final score 39-21.


Jr. Midgets

La Canada 32 Glendale Bears 20


No Report Received.



La Canada 39 Glendora Tartans 28


Gladiators vs. Glendora

Date – Sunday 11/2/14 at Glendora.

Final score 38-28 La Canada

Score by quarters: 1st 8-8; halftime 16-21; 3rd quarter 16-21; final 38-28


The La Canada Gladiator Midget team secured a spot in the upcoming playoffs beginning in two weeks with a tough 38-28 victory over the Glendora Tartans at Bishop Mora Salesian High School in Los Angeles on Sunday evening.


After Artis Candler took the ball out on the opening kickoff to the 30 yard line,

Jahlique Stephens continued his stellar year as he took the opening play from scrimmage 70 yards for a touchdown.  Stephens also converted the pressure point to give the Gladiators an early 8-0 lead. The Gladiator defense led by James Smith, Lawrence Palmer, Daniel Cho and Jacob Erdmier stopped the hard running Glendora squad forcing a Glendora punt, but on their next position the Tartans managed to score and tie the game at the end of the first quarter, 8-8.


The offensive line for the Gladiators battled the tough Glendora defense during the entire game.  A deep ball from Tyron Clark to Candler took the gladiators down to the 9 yard line.  Beau Hobbie took the ball in from the 9 yard line and he also carried the ball in for the PAT. With less than a minute left on the clock, Clark hit Hobbie on a 50 yard bomb for a touchdown that was called back for a penalty that nullified this otherwise exciting pass play.


On defense, the Gladiators had less success as the Tartans managed to score twice and lead at halftime 21-16.


Both defenses dominated the third quarter and neither offense was able to generate any points.  Charles Daves, Louis Menacho, Carson Giles, Ruben Munoz, Isaac Faulkner, and Cole Beadles, all play well on defense.


In the final period, passes by Clark to Stephens and to Pena kept a Gladiator scoring drive alive, which was capped by a 45 yard scoring run by Stephens.  Stephens also converted the to put the Gladiators ahead for a short period of time 24-21.  The Tartans came storming back with another score to regain the lead 28-24. With time running out in the 4th quarter, however, the Gladiators fought back. Stephens took the ball around the left side following the blocking of his offensive line and his wide receiver Leyva for an 85 yard scoring run, and Hobbie took the ball in for the conversion, putting the Gladiators in the lead 32-28.


Glendora’s passing attack the was a real threat all game, but they went to the well once too often and on their final drive Da’Vion Rutherford intercepted an errant pass and ran the ball to the Glendora 5 yard line.   Two plays later, Candler took the ball into the end zone to seal the game.  The extra appoint failed and the final score was 38-28.


Next Sunday, in their final regular-season appearance, the Gladiators will host the East Los Angeles Bulldogs at 6 PM at La Canada I School.



Please call (818) 248-1800 if you have any questions.


Kevin Lacey

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