by David Winchell
Just like their first two games, the Eagles jumped out to a big lead at the end of the first quarter. But UNLIKE the first two games, the Eagles kept scoring and shut out Mark Keppel 44-0 to improve their record to 3-0. The last time the Eagles began a football campaign with three wins was in 2004, and that squad finished the year 8-3.
The Eagles offense was quite efficient against the winless Aztecs, scoring 30 points by halftime and cruised the rest of the way. Coach Harold Sanin was pleased with the efforts and made note that every member of the team played in the contest, a plan the seniors of the squad were key to implement and proud to have succeeded.
Eagles QB Elijah Peters threw for three touchdowns, ran for one and rolled up 186 yards in the air. Wide Receiver Cameryn Matthews caught two scoring passes as did Bryan Vargas who also ran for 46 yards. The Eagles defense helped the scoring, too as early in the 3rd quarter, Tim Phun tackled Keppel’s QB Tyler Takeshita in the end zone for a safety. Later in the quarter, Chris Montoya snagged an errant pass and ran it back for another score. Running Back Brandon Tsan finished the scoring with at 7:55 in the quarter with a 4 yard plunge.
Mark Keppel struggled throughout the game facing a team remembering last year’s loss to the Aztecs. Aztec Coach Aaron Sepulveda said before the game that his team was “filled with guys ready to give their full effort.” He also knows his team is facing a tough task ahead as the season continues. But he was quick to point out his team is “willing to learn both the system and assimilation as a family.” Even unable to get past the Eagles 50 yard line, the Aztecs continued to play hard all the way through the game.
Tonight is GHS’ annual Family Night to celebrate the commitment and support given to players by their families. Coach Harold Sanin has repeatedly stated the GHS parents are the best one in the entire San Gabriel Valley and this is an opportunity to honor families and their positive impact on team members. Thanks to all who are here for Family Night!! Photos taken tonight with their parents will be published in a program later in the year.
But there is another reason for gathering – and that’s a football game. Tonight’s opponent is Contreras from LA City’s Central division. Last year, the Eagles travelled to the Cobra’s beautiful downtown stadium and snatched a 35-14 comeback victory. According to Sanin, last year’s Contreras team was the “most physical opponent the Eagles faced” and “this year’s Cobra’s are returning a bunch of seniors.” The Eagles are in for a tough battle and hope to make a dent in the Cobra’s 2-1 record.
Cheer hard to both teams… Go Cobras and Go EAGLES… Ekwa Chem!!
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