Poly Narrowly Falls, 8-7, in Rose Bowl

Photo courtesy Raymond Quan
Poly running back Sam Howell evades Rio Hondo Prep defensive back Jonathan Guerrero during Poly’s 8-7 loss. Howell finished with Poly’s lone touchdown of the game.

By Austin Green
The Outlook

There is leaving it all out on the field, and then there is what the Polytechnic and Arcadia Rio Hondo Prep football teams did at the Rose Bowl last Friday evening. The grand old mecca of college football has hosted countless games of all types in its century of existence, but none quite like what the two longtime Prep League rivals had in store in both schools’ first time playing at the historic stadium.
In their lone game of the 2020-21 academic year, Poly fell to Rio Hondo by a score of 8-7 when the Panthers’ field goal attempt with time running out was blocked.
Poly led for nearly the entire second half before Rio Hondo scored on its final drive of the game with just over two minutes left in the fourth quarter. Kares head coach Mark Carson opted to go for a two-point conversion, and his gamble paid off when fullback Ryan McCulloch bulldozed his way into the end zone to give Rio Hondo the lead and, eventually, the win.
Continue reading “Poly Narrowly Falls, 8-7, in Rose Bowl”