Old Fashioned Playoffs Barn Burner

Reporting from Western PA – The “Quarterback Cradle”

Friday night’s first round WPIAL-2A Football Playoff match-up between the evenly matched host #8 Neshannock Lancers and the #9 Burgettstown Blue Devils lived up to its billing. Going down to the last seconds, this game was an old-fashioned “barn burner.” The Lancers started things off on their home Bob Bleggi Field with a commanding display of a familiar college style offense taught by former University of Kansas head coach and local football icon, Coach Mark Mangino. The Lancers gave their play makers the ball in open space using perimeter screens, fly sweeps, and read-option plays with run-pass options. Burgettstown initially did not have an answer as Lancers QB Seth Fehrs and RBs Anthony Dovidio and Joey Nerti slashed through the Blue Devils defense with ease. Fehrs added an impressive TD pass to WR Jared Staph later in the first quarter for a commanding 14-0 lead.

In the second quarter though, Burgettstown senior QB Ryan Lounder impressed. Employing a pro-style offense alternating Lounder under-center and from shotgun, the Blue Devils marched the field using ball control to eat-up the clock, keeping Neshannock’s potent offense off of the field. The Blue Devils closed the gap before halftime with a Ryan Lounder TD run following an Austin Safreed interception of an ill-advised pass by Lancers QB Fehrs deep in Blue Devils territory.

The second half brought more of a “street fight” to the game with both teams scrapping hard for yardage and points. The Lancers took the lead in the 3rd quarter, but the Blue Devils answered with a TD strike from Lounder to WR Jarred John. The Blue Devils then took control of the game early in the 4th quarter with another TD strike from Lounder to RB Cyle Conley. Neshannock equalized the match with a Fehrs TD run and K Tristan Tuck’s PAT. Curiously they did not go for a 2-point conversion to take the lead when Burgettstown had jumped offsides moving the Lancers up to the 1 and ½ yardline. After the ensuing kickoff, the Blue Devils closed the deal. Lounder impressed with accurate passing strikes to John and WR Ryan Villano. He extended plays like a pro by working up and sliding in the pocket showing great poise and downfield vision while under tremendous pressure from the Lancers defense. With under a minute left in the game the Blue Devils marched the field, and then lined up a 37-yard field goal for WR Seth Phillis who was “nails” all night making every PAT before kicking the game winner.

Next up for Burgettstown are the #1 Steel Valley Ironmen.

CHECK OUT some cut-up highlights BELOW!


The Ranch Shows Promise!!

The El Rancho Dons (Pico Rivera, CA) football team showed Friday that they may have what it takes to capture and Del Rio League Championship and possibly more in 2018.

ER defeated Pioneer High School (Whittier, CA) by a score of 33-12 to advance to 1-0 in league play (3-3, overall).    Head   Coach    Adrian  Medrano  says  ,  “We rely on playing FAST,   TOUGH,  and   DISCIPLINE  and have guys that know what  they’re  doing and know how to  pay attention  to details.”

Pioneer played tough until the 4th quarter but ultimately fell because they did not make any BIG PLAYS and lacked LEADERSHIP  and  SPIRIT throughout the game.

CHECK OUT HIGHLIGHTS BELOW!!

Should be interesting to see how the DEL RIO LEAGUE plays out in 2018.

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Spartans Dominate The Dogs

The Schurr Spartans (Montebello, CA) annihilated the Garfield Bulldogs (East Los Angeles, CA) in a home contest by the score of 46-14.  Miguel Aguero and Fransisco Remigio received “Player of the Game” honors for the Spartans, but it truly was a team win.

Garfield showed promise early in the game with a receiving touchdown from #13 Jalen Lawrence and a rushing touchdown from #10 Adam Polanco.

The Spartans hit the scoreboard with a 15 yard touchdown reception from #24 Michael Torres and another one from #10 Aaron Silva.

Schurr had too much firepower!

#5 Remigio scored a total of three touchdowns (2 Rec, 1 Rush) and showed his big play ability and versatility.    Spartans quarterback #8 Miguel Aguero had a stellar performance passing 22 of 27 for 375 yards and 5 touchdowns while also rushing for a touchdown.

Aguero’s night will without a doubt go down as one of the most efficient and effective performances in Spartans Football history.

Both teams were tied 14-14 midway through the 2nd quarter but Schurr took over the game after a defensive stop and played with a heightened level of aggression throughout the rest of the game.

#7 Lance Babb took a jail-screen to house in the 2nd half, but his presence as a decoy proved to be his biggest impact.  Babb is a player you just cannot leave open!

Here are some highlights below:


Bulldogs win a “Cross-Town” Shoot Out!

In one of the best season opening games of recent years the Garfield Bulldogs (East Los Angeles, CA) defeated the Montebello Oilers (Montebello, CA) 39-36 in a “Cross-Town” shoot out.  The contest was a tug-o-war type of game with seven lead changes and eleven touchdowns.

The star of the night was Garfield quarterback Adam Polanco who accounted for four touchdowns (2 pass, 2 rush) and around 270 yards of total offense.

Montebello got on the board first with a two yard touchdown run from Kris Rodriguez to go up 8-0.  The Bulldogs answered with a pair of rushing touchdowns from Polanco (1 yd) and Moses Gonzalez (6 yds) moving the score to 12-8.

Quarterback Gabriel Tapia answered back for the Oilers with a “BOMB” down the sideline to Mykael Loera late in the 2nd quarter!  15-12 Montebello.

 

The “Play of the Game” came with two seconds left in the first half. WATCH IT @ 2:05 on the video below.

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Garfield’s #13 Jalen Lawrence wins down the sideline for a 2nd quarter score.


Babb Ready for Big Year

Lance Babb II  has offers from Air Force, New Mexico, Wyoming and several other Division 1 universities and still has a 12th grade season of football to participate in.  The 6-1 195 pound senior is looking to reel in some bigger scholarships with his performance this year.


Young Point-Guard has Unique Skill Set

Today, the NBA showcases plenty of ball-dominant point-guards who focus on gettting their own shot off and have a “score first” type of mentality.  A lost art in today’s game of basketball is a point-guard who truly knows how to facilitate and circulate an offense.  Teddy Parham Jr. is the epitomy of a true point-guard.

The 17-year-old from Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, CA) has an understanding of the game that stands out from most of his peers.

“A great point-guard is someone who makes sure his team plays with great chemistry and doesn’t fall asleep on defense or offense and makes sure everything is organized,” Parham says.

Teddy has an uncanny ability to anticipate things before they happen and is always making the smart play.  He has an ability to be a true floor general, which is a talent few kids posses.

He passes the ball very well, gets others involved, and controls the tempo of the game.

Currently, Teddy is playing with his summer AAU basketball squad “Cal Supreme” and is looking to head into his senior year with some momentum.


Chris Paul Epitomizes Disappointment

Like an early playoff exit, Chris Paul is gone from Los Angeles.  Using the opt-out clause in his contract, the 12-year veteran gave the order to harbor a trade to the Houston Rockets.

There is no denying CP3’s natural talent and point-guard skills, but overall, his tenure in LA will be remembered as   disappointing.

Sure, Paul has been a vital part in turning around a historically porous franchise helping the Clippers go from a team never to win more that 47 games in the regular season to averaging 52 wins during his 6-year stint.  However, he was never able to get Los Angeles out of the 2nd round of the NBA playoffs and was inconsistent in games that mattered most.

In a 2014 playoff game, the Los Angeles Clippers needed to hold onto the ball to sew-up a 3-2 series lead over the Thunder.  Unfortunately Paul turned the ball over giving OKC life and a chance to take the lead in the game.

After a timeout, the Thunder inbounded the ball to Russel Westbrook where he dribbled to the top of the key, raised up for a shot, and was fouled by guess who?  Chris Paul!  This gave Westbrook three free throws (he made them all) and a 105-104 lead with 6.4 left in the game.

In an anti-climatic finish, Paul got the final touch of the game and drove baseline before turning the basketball over in the waning moments of the game (SEE VIDEO BELOW).  This was the turning point of what “could have” been in Los Angeles.

In an era that it is accepted to have a “can’t be em’ join em” mentality, Paul heads to Houston to join a team that trailed and then beat the Clippers after being down 3-1 in 2015 Western Conference Semifinals.  To Clippers fans, the irony adds insult to injury, and to the cynical, solace in cliche to underachievement.

Paul was a stud in the regular season making 5 all-star appearances as a Clipper as well as the same number of All-NBA 1st Team Defensive selections and was an All-NBA First Teamer three times during that span.  This production warranted a contract that paid him over 22 million per year.  Clippers fans now ask if that money was really worth it?

Although CP3 is great at creating highlights, he simply has not delivered when facing adversity in playoffs and legacy defining moments.