by Mitch Lehman
If only the actual game was able to match the pomp and circumstance which accompanied last Friday night’s second in a home-and-home series of varsity football games between San Marino and Beverly Hills High Schools.
Sadly, the contest was basically over before it started. as the Titans forged a 57-0 halftime lead on their way to a 64-6 victory on the west side of town.
In doing so, the Titans held on to the Crowell Trophy, named for Donald and Suzanne Crowell – he a member of the Beverly Hills High School Hall of Fame, she a former Mayor of San Marino. They are also the namesakes of San Marino’s public library.
The “dual association” doesn’t end there. The San Marino Tribune and Beverly Hills Courier are sister publications, and last Friday night, the two newspapers treated visiting fans, coaches and cheerleaders to a complimentary dinner, as was done for Beverly Hills followers a year ago when the two teams met at Titan Stadium. The newspapers and Publisher Clif Smith served as official sponsors for the evening.
School board members, councilpersons, and superintendents mingled before, during and after the game. San Marino School Board President Joseph Chang was joined by fellow board members Nam Jack and Chris Norgaard as well as Superintendent Loren Kleinrock and San Marino High School Principal Keith Derrick.
Beverly Hills was represented by Mayor John Mirish, school board members Jake Manaster, Noah Margo and Lisa Korbatov, Superintendent Gary Woods – who previously served the SMUSD in the same role – and Beverly Hills High School Principal Carter Paysinger.
Smith and this reporter served as honorary co-captains for the two teams.
About the game… “The entire team played a great game,” said head San Marino Coach Mike Hobbie. “No matter who you play and no matter what the score is, you will always have mistakes and I must say we made very few. The kids played hard and sound.”
Hobbie singled out junior Chip Crowley – “Chip had an excellent game,” Hobbie stated – of the wide receiver, who rushed for a touchdown and caught a pass from senior quarterback Andrew Ferraco for another.
Running back Tenny McFarlane (8 carries, 52 yards and a touchdown), wide receiver Tyler Spitzer (2 receptions, 65 yards and two scores), defensive lineman Larsen Cobb (seven tackles) and defensive end Justin Hill (five tackles) were also cited for prime time performances.
“Andrew [Ferraco] had another good first half and our offensive line dominated their defensive line,” said Hobbie. “They stayed on them all night long.”
Ferraco rushed six times for 89 yards and each of the three passes he attempted caught for a touchdown – junior Aiden Santino hauling in the other.
Sophomore quarterback Carson Glazier also rushed for a touchdown and completed all five of his passes for 75 yards and a score. Sophomore Aaron Padilla carried seven times for 55 yards.
Defensively, cornerback Matt Ceja intercepted a pass and took it 35 yards for a first-quarter touchdown, Alex Knott recorded five tackles including three solo stops while Daniel Walsh and Joey Wagner made four tackles apiece.
Senior Darius Moshir was active during his quality playing time and Jason Klimko had another fine performance on the defensive line.
With the victory, San Marino improves to 3-1, having outscored their four opponents by a remarkable 225-82, their lone loss the 56-53, three-hour-and-twenty-minute thriller against Crescenta Valley.
Friday’s was the second of a home-and-home agreement between the two schools. it is unclear whether the arrangement will continue. The Titans defeated the Normans last year by a final score of 45-0.
Good to be back home again…
After a three-week road trip with diverse ports of call in Glendale, La Puente and Beverly Hills, the Titans return home tomorrow night to face South El Monte, a squad which gave them all kinds of trouble before San Marino eventually prevailed 31-21.
“They are a young team that is getting better every week, even though they are still struggling,” said Hobbie of the 1-3 Eagles, who most recently lost to Maranatha. In terms of comparative scores – South El Monte defeated Nogales 38-6 in their season-opener, while the Titans thrashed the Nobles 70-0 two weeks ago. But we all know that game can breed complacency.
“Every week they seem to be taking a little more off their quarterback and that is helping him,” said Hobbie of senior Mario Burciaga.
“They played much better last week [in a 10-point loss to Maranatha].
“Defensively, they run a high-risk operation,” Hobbie said. “They will get you big sometimes and you have to hope you can get them big and come out on the winning end of that. Offensively, they do some things that hurt us. They match up well against us. They run zone blocking and that can sometimes wear us out. They have a good back who can run that scheme.”
Kickoff for the erstwhile homecoming is 7:00 p.m. You’re on your own this week for dinner.
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