Spartan Stadium hosted the 56th renewal of the Rio Hondo League football rivalry between La Cañada High School and San Marino last Friday evening. It proved to be a game that the visiting Titans will want to forget.
The Spartans dominated the contest en route to a 35-0 victory, which was the most lopsided La Cañada win in the history of the series. (It surpassed a 35-7 LCHS victory back on Oct. 24, 1980.)
While the game took nearly three hours to finish, all one really needed to know about the contest is it was determined in the first three series’ of downs. Starting at their own 40-yard line, the Spartans needed just four plays to find paydirt, courtesy of a highlight-reel, 35-yard run by quarterback Ivan Ostry. The senior entered the end zone untouched for the two-point conversion, to give La Cañada an 8-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.
San Marino marched downfield on the ensuing drive but on fourth down, senior Abraham Jhee stepped in front of a pass thrown by Titan quarterback Niko Mavridis and returned the interception to La Cañada’s 48-yard line.
Ostry needed only three plays this time, breaking tackles attempted by nearly every white-clad Titan defender on the field before high-stepping into the end zone for a 39-yard touchdown run. Continue reading “Spartans’ Record-Setting Night in 35-0 Win Over San Marino”
There was no stopping La Cañada High School quarterback Ivan Ostry. The senior put on another show last Friday and led the Spartans to 40-13 nonleague victory over host Glendale at Moyse Field.
Ostry had touchdown runs of 13, 75, 43 and 69 yards to help the Spartans improve to 2-1 on the season. The senior transfer from Rosemead tallied 264 rushing yards and also caught a 29-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Macky Plocher.
“It was a good game for us,” said LCHS head coach Jason Sarceda, whose team was successful on all five two-point conversions. “The last two games, we’ve been able to get the whole team in on the action. In a season like this, it’s good to spread the ball around. We did what we needed to do offensively.”
The Spartans wasted little time getting on the scoreboard. Ostry weaved his way past defenders to score the first touchdown of the game in less than two minutes. Continue reading “Spartans Beat Glendale, Improve Record to 2-1”
La Cañada High’s second football game of the season almost didn’t happen.
In this era of the COVID pandemic, the originally scheduled opponent – Temple City – didn’t have enough time to prepare. The second choice, St. Monica High of Santa Monica, pulled out mid-week due to injuries. Santa Paula then came into the picture, with the final arrangements solidified barely 24 hours before kickoff.
The Spartans were sure glad everything worked out. La Cañada pulled ahead in the second quarter and maintained the advantage for a 54-42 nonleague victory over the visiting Cardinals in Saturday afternoon at LCHS.
“We enjoyed every moment of it,” said La Cañada coach Jason Sarceda, whose team evened its record at 1-1. “The anticipation of not playing, possibly playing, then being able to play, then not being able to play, and coming back to play the game is amazing.” Continue reading “Spartans’ Offense Unstoppable in 54-42 Win”
The La Cañada High School football team has been preparing for its season opener for more than a year and it showed.
The Spartan offense showed a versatility it hasn’t displayed in years and came out swinging against South Pasadena with quarterback Ivan Ostry behind center. However, the Tigers’ defense outlasted the talented senior signal-caller and handed La Cañada a 36-30 loss at home last Friday.
“I’m proud of our boys,” said LCHS head coach Jason Sarceda. “We’re extremely young up front starting freshmen and sophomores on the line. They’re gritty, though.” Continue reading “Spartans Edged 36-30 by South Pas in Opener”
The date and environment may have been different, but for the South Pasadena High School and La Cañada High School varsity football teams, the feeling of playing under the Friday night lights was the same.
Players, coaches and fans could disconnect from a COVID-19 world for nearly three hours to enjoy some high school football; the Spartans had not played an official game in more than 16 months.
“It’s been quite some time,” said SPHS quarterback Noah Aragon. “It’s been about a year and half since I got to play this game that I love so much, and it just felt amazing. Just getting out here, being with the guys, scoring touchdowns and doing our thing is awesome.”
The final score — which favored South Pasadena, 36-30 — was seemingly irrelevant to many players and coaches. Just being on the field was a victory, especially the seniors. The Tigers boast 11 on their roster and a young Spartan squad has seven. Continue reading “Being On the Field Is a Victory For Players, Coaches”