La Canada Gladiators

Below are scores for the Nov. 6-7 contests of the La Canada Gladiators

Jr. Gremlin – Cardinal

(Teams Do Not Keep Official Score)

No report received

Jr. Gremlin – Gold

(Teams Do Not Keep Official Score)

Playing for the La Cañada Jr. Gremlin Gold Team were players Sebastian Aviles-Maya, Jacob Hurtado, Brady Kline, Mike Oklund, Christopher “CJ” Corlett, Jake Oklund, Matthew Banich, Dexter Mathews, Charlie Stewart, Jordan Hershman, Dylan Luper, Bennett Oakes, Andrew Ortiz, Angel Martin, Chris Nava, and Valentine Nunez.

During the last game of the 2010 season, Bennett Oakes and Christopher Nava took turns leading the team as quarterback.  During the first half Bennett Oakes completed a magnificent forty yard pass to Valentine Nunez and the Gladiator crowd went wild when Nunez crossed the line to score the touchdown.  Bennett Oakes then completed a twenty yard pass to Christopher Nava, who determinedly kept going for several yards past the pursuing Glendora players.  Oakes then completed a seven yard pass to Jake Oklund.  During the second half, Oakes completed a handoff to Mathew Banich for a two yard gain.  A handoff from Oakes to Nava led to a five yard gain.  At the end of the game, Valentine Nunez broke through the Glendora defense for a ten yard run, after a handoff.

A highlight of the game were the defensive efforts of outstanding players Valentine Nunez, Bennett Oakes, Dylan Luper, and Brady Kline who led the teams defense in sheer number of flags pulled.


Final Score: La Cañada: 13 Charter Oak: 12

On Saturday, Nov. 6, the La Cañada Gladiators played in a season finale “Friendship Bowl” at Charter Oaks High School against the Charter Oaks Chargers.

Early in game the Gladiators staked the Chargers to a two touchdown, 12 point first half lead. With the Chargers driving at the Gladiator 5-yard line, the Gladiator defense denied the score with a strong defensive effort led by Ronald Shin, Evan Estrada, Emmett Hurley, Jacob Buntich, Carson Okland, Jake George, Will Stewart and Chuck Meyer.

Head coach Austin Heberger must have had a stirring half time speech, because the Gladiator team that showed up in the second half held the Chargers scoreless while the offense came alive. The second half offensive effort was led by halfback Elijah Washington’s hard running including a 3 yard touchdown scoring. Another key player was Jacob Buntich who tied the game on a pass from tanner gish and then caught the game winning extra point on another pass from Gish.

The offensive running game was led by Elijah Washington, Evan Estrada, Mitchell Espinosa, Thomas Mcconnell, Jacob Buntich, along with quarterback Gish. For this game the Gladiators’ offense included completions of 7 passes for 80 yards. Key elements of the La Cañada game was the recovery of Charter Oak fumbles by Emmet Hurley and Gunner Millis, and a touch-down saving tackle by Heberger along with some terrific kicking efforts by Charlie Rocca. Other offensive and defensive players for La Cañada Were Zach Howorth, Charlie Rocca, Clatyon Esparza, Adam Crawford, Mitchell Frus, Devin Mathews, Dylan Mcgoldrick, Miles Haxton, Derek Albanese, Jack Rothgeb, Ian Goodstein, Aaron Wilson, Ian Harding, Blake Northrop, and Alex Hartwick.

Jr. Pee Wee

Final Score: La Cañada: 20, Hacienda Heights 0

The Gladiator Jr. Pee Wee squad finished the season with a 20-0 victory against the Hacienda Heights Cougars at Hacienda Heights on Sunday, Nov. 7, ending the season with a 5-3 record.

The Gladiators took the kick-off and started from their own 32, the offensive line of Richard Berry, Brandt Lukas, Conrad Oakes, Jordan Kruglov and Kyle Ramirez, and tight ends Jackson Totleben and Julian Martinez, blocking for backs Michael Chan, Bobby Gazmarian and Maxx Moreno, and quarterback Brian Erickson.  The Cougars defense started the day tough, and a 24 yard punt by Julian Martinez yielded no return from the tackle by Eli Chavez and Theo Chamberlain on the Cougar 42.  The Gladiator defense of Martinez, Chamberlain, Jules Buenabenta and Ethan DeMoulin on the line, backs Moreno, Will McConnell, Chan, Chavez and Totleben, and safeties Gazmarian and Matthew Lim started strong against the run, forcing 3rd and 13.  The Cougars threw a long pass that was tipped twice but still caught for a gain of 20, but on the next play Gazmarian intercepted the Cougar quarterback on the Gladiators 25 to end a scoreless first quarter.

Behind the line of Chamberlain, Drake Barron, DeMoulin, Chan and Buenabenta, the Gladiators began a 12-play drive, with Chavez and McConnell sharing the running duties.  The Gladiators converted two 4th downs, the two big plays being Chavez going for 26 yards on a 4th and 6, and McConnell breaking through a team tackle on a 3rd and 19 to run 29 yards for the TD.  McConnell ran in the PAT, and with 6 minutes to go in the half, the Gladiators took the lead, 7-0.  Following a sack by Moreno, Gazmarian got his 2nd interception of the day on the Gladiator 38.  McConnell ran for 13 behind a great block by Chavez, Chavez picked up two first downs, but the drive stalled on the Cougar 34, turning the ball over on downs.  Following a tackle for a loss by Chavez and DeMoulin, the Cougar quarterback was flushed from the pocket by the defensive line of Ellis Rothrock, Brian Erickson, Barron and Connor McGoldrick, and Moreno made a great open field tackle to end the first half, Gladiators up 7-0.

Brandt kicked off for the Gladiators in the second half, and Barron stuck a great tackle for no gain on the Cougars 35.  Group tackling by Buenabenta, Peter Simmeth, Lim and Totleben, and a stick by McConnell got the ball back for the Gladiators on their own 45.  Quarterback Erickson completed a pass to Moreno, who scrambled 43 yards to the Cougar 12, aided by Martinez recovering a fumble at the end of the play.  On 2nd down, McConnell ran it in from the 11-yard line to extend the Gladiator lead to 13-0.  The Gladiators perfectly executed an onside kick, recovered by Gazmarian on the Cougar 40.  The Cougar defense stiffened, and they got the ball on downs at their own 40.  The Cougar quarterback scrambled for a first down, but on 3rd and 3, he was intercepted by Eli Chavez, and the Gladiators took over on their own 30, to end the third quarter.

The Gladiators went to work, with Michael Chan at running back gaining 30 yards to the Cougar 40.  Following a holding penalty, new fullback Theo Chamberlain took his first hand-off of the year 19 yards to the Cougar 30, then gained another 19 yards on the next play to the 11 yard line.  An Erickson slant pass to Gazmarian gained 10, and on first and goal from the 1, Kyle Ramirez took his first hand-off of the year in for a 1-yard TD.  Erickson scrambled for the PAT, and the Gladiators took a 20-0 lead with about 6 minutes to go.

Pee Wee

La Cañada: 6 Azusa Raiders: 36

No report received.

Jr. Midget

La Cañada 19, Pico Dons 6

The Gladiator Jr. Midget continued its undefeated season and quest for three straight Conference Championships on Saturday when it traveled to Rivera Park in Pico Rivera and defeated the Pico Dons 19-6 in first round playoff action.

The Dons, who were eliminated last season by the Gladiators, were ready for this game and set the tone early by returning the opening kickoff for a score to go up 6-0.  For the first time in 2010, the Gladiators found themselves trailing in a football game.  But the Gladiator veterans refused to be rattled, and the defense, led by defensive ends Mike Reilly and Ross Niederhaus, kept the Don offense at bay for the entire game.

In the second quarter, the Gladiator offense came alive behind the blocking of its offensive line of Bloks, Basso, Perasso, Erikson, Reyes, and Bauer, which began to control the clock and churn out first downs.  Kyle Tavizon led the way at running back, earning every yard through hard-running.   Quarterback Kyle Cheung had a tough day with a strong Don defensive rush, but kept his composure tossing two scoring passes.  The first came in the second quarter to tie the game when he hit Mike Reilly on a 15-yard pass.  In the third quarter, Cheung hit Joey McClure on a 60-yrad pass play, and then hit running back Ernesto Jauregui on a 30-yard scoring pass on a key 4th down play to put the Gladiator up 12-6.  Tavizon iced the game late in the fourth quarter with a hard 3-yard run to put the Gladiators up 19-0.

The Junior Midgets next face the Boyle Heights Wolfpack in the Semi-Final round on Saturday, November 13th at 5:00 p.m. at St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs.


La Cañada: 13, East LA: 44

No Report Received

Contrbuted by Kevin Lacey