If not for a guy from La Cañada Flintridge, the Minnesota Vikings wouldn’t be as competitive as they have been this season.
As the team’s assistant general manager, George Paton had a big hand in helping construct a roster sturdy enough to weather key injuries and finish the regular season 13-3, earning a place in the National Football League’s divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
Part of Paton’s job is evaluating players, gauging their height and weight — and their nature.
“There’s nothing like seeing a player live on game day,” Paton said by phone this week. “Seeing when the lights come on, how they respond. You can see things on tape, but you can’t see how he is at the end of a big play. Is the player tired? How was he on the bench? Was he yelling at his teammates? Was he involved?”
Basically, is he a competitor?
Paton grew up competing in LCF. Continue reading “A Competitor Finds Success With the Minnesota Vikings”
San Marino High School varsity football coach Mike Hobbie wasn’t satisfied with his team’s performance despite building a five-point lead at the half against visiting Calabasas Viewpoint last Friday, and gathered his players in the locker room to ask a simple question.
“He came in very calm, which we weren’t expecting,” said senior quarterback Blake Cabot. “He asked, ‘Do you want to win?’ We said yes, and he told us that if we wanted to win, we need to [execute the game plan] or else we’d lose. I think that motivated all of us. We’re not losing this game, and we got our act together.”
The motivated Titans responded with a dominant second half, running away with a 41-12 victory over the Patriots in a nonleague contest. Continue reading “San Marino Downs Viewpoint, Extends Win Streak”
The La Salle High School varsity football team’s overall record is back at .500 after defeating host John Muir High, 21-20, in a nonleague nail-biter last Friday.
Riding high off of stellar performances from freshman quarterback C.J. Montes, La Salle’s offense was firing on all cylinders. The young standout threw three touchdowns and finished just shy of 200 yards passing to help the Lancers improve to 2-2 on the season.
“[Montes] is special,” said LSHS head coach Russell Gordon. “He’s smart [and] he’s a great student. I believe everything starts in the classroom, and then it comes out to the field. He represents our school very, very proudly.” Continue reading “La Salle Hangs On to Defeat Muir, 21-20”
During the second half, the St. Francis High School student section loudly sang “Sweet Caroline,” A fitting song because Golden Knights football never seemed so good as the varsity team cruised to a 48-21 victory over visiting Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach last week.
In the first half, new quarterback Darius Perrantes, a junior transfer from Encino Crespi, initially started off slow but everything started to click after his first touchdown. Near the end of the first quarter, senior Greg Dulcich broke away from the Mira Costa corner, and Perrantes completed a 38-yard touchdown pass, and there was no looking back for the St. Francis offense.
The Mustangs (0-1 overall) quickly responded with a touchdown pass of their own, and it seemed as if both teams were evenly matched.
On the ensuing drive, Perrantes completed another touchdown pass to Dulcich and later connected with Isaac Cordova for a 64-yard touchdown.
The Mustangs didn’t give up and kept the game within reach after a touchdown midway through the second quarter, cutting St. Francis lead to 21-14 at the half. Continue reading “Perrantes Leads St. Francis to Victory in Season Opener”
The San Marino High School varsity football team showed what it is capable of at Hacienda Heights Los Altos last Friday with two scores in the first quarter. However, the Titans also displayed their inexperience with key mistakes down the stretch, allowing the Conquerors to come away with a 42-28 victory in the teams’ season opener.
“A few mistakes,” said SMHS head coach Mike Hobbie. “That’s it. A few mistakes turned into a lot of mistakes. They gave us a hard time. We’re very inexperienced, especially on the offensive line. Once they stopped doing what we practiced and started doing something else, we fell apart. That killed us. It killed our running game.”
San Marino will look to bounce back in a nonleague game against Dominguez High School at Compton College this Friday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. Continue reading “San Marino Falls to Los Altos in Season Opener”
In the quarterback-rich nature of Southern California football, it is easy to get lost in the mix. With Josh Rosen at UCLA and Sam Darnold at USC, the scene is at an all-time high. In a time where big names and big schools dominate headlines, Pasadena’s own Andrew Elffers is making a name for himself in a less traditional way.
“A huge reason for why I chose APU [was that] I just felt something different about the school,” said Elffers. “The main thing that attracted me to APU was that it was a faith based institution. When I was [deciding] between the Division I offers or going to APU, a Division II school, I knew APU was going to be the best school for me to develop my character as a man, a man of integrity, and as a hard worker [who] cares for others more than [myself].” Continue reading “Former Maranatha Star Making His Mark at APU”
Jason Sarceda, a local business owner and longtime La Cañada High School varsity football assistant, will take over as head coach of the Spartans’ football program following the resignation of Ryan Zerbel.
“When the opportunity came up, I accepted,” Sarceda said. “I love the sport, obviously, and this is a great community. I’d like to see this program take off and be successful on and off the field.” Continue reading “LCHS Hires New Head Football Coach”
The fall athletic season began with controversy but ended on a positive note for the La Cañada High School varsity football program. Former Los Angeles Loyola running back Drake Beasley transferred to LCHS during the summer but was ruled ineligible to play by the CIF Southern Section, but second-year head coach Ryan Zerbel didn’t allow that to become a distraction as he guided the Spartans to a 6-4 season, including stunning 28-13 victory over rival San Marino in the final week of the regular season, snapping a five-game losing streak over the Titans.