The fall season of high school sports began in August with football and volleyball. Tennis started on August 29, just after this edition of the Boulevard Sentinel went to press. Cross country will start in October.
Competition in NELA began on Friday night, August 23.
The Eagle Rock Eagles traveled to South Gate High School, where they defeated the Rams 43-14.
The quarterback of Eagle Rock High, Axel Ayers, passed for 3 touchdowns and rushed for 1 touchdown. Axel also intercepted a pass while playing defense.
Franklin traveled to South Gate to play the Legacy Tigers and came away with a crushing 54-0 win. With a 41-0 lead at halftime, there was a running clock in the second half. The Panthers had 307 total yards on offense and their defense held Legacy to -35 yards.
In a post-game interview, Franklin coach Narciso Diaz said: “It’s always good to come away with a victory in the first game. We did a good job of taking care of the ball and we only had one turnover. Penalties were limited and the defense was outstanding. The offense was clicking on all cylinders and quarterback Alfred Bobadilla was on point. We just have to keep it rolling.”
In other Northern League games, Lincoln High defeated the Contreras Cobras 42-7 at home, giving new head coach, Gabriel Cotero, his first victory.
Marshall retained the victory bell with a 36-18 victory over its rival Belmont Sentinels.
Torres lost a close one to the Verdugo Hills Dons, 22-21, and Wilson lost to the Bell Eagles 33-21.
Other local schools: The Sotomayor Wolves compete in the Metro league and traveled to El Monte to play the Lions, where they suffered a 63-7 loss. The Cathedral Phantoms, in the Angelus league, defeated the Banning Pilots 21-6.
Eagle Rock, the defending Northern League Champions, defeated visiting El Camino Real 3 sets to 1 in the opening game of the season on August 27. In preseason rankings, Eagle Rock is ranked #5 in the city and El Camino Real #6. The Eagles’ starting lineup, comprised mostly of seniors, has an edge in experience.
On the weekend of August 23 and 24, tournament play got Eagle Rock into “that in-season groove,” according to head coach Tim Bergeron.
League competition starts September 16. Eagle Rock is expected to sweep league competition again this year. The last time the Eagles lost a league match was in 2010.
Ashley Rivera (Marshall Barristers ‘18 and Mt. Sac softball) made her pitching debut for Team Puerto Rico against Ireland on August 12. She held Ireland to 1 hit and had 3 strikes in three innings pitched. Puerto Rico won 11-0 in four innings. Rivera’s team came in 6th in the under-19 Women’s Softball World Cup 2019, which was won by Team USA.
Status of gymnasium retrofits at Franklin and Eagle Rock High Schools
At Franklin, the seismic retrofit of the main gymnasium has been completed. The school’s teams will now be able to practice and schedule games in the gymnasium.
The retrofit of Eagle Rock’s gymnasium is still in progress. Expected completion: June 2020.
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