The La Cañada High School varsity football team continued its winning ways and picked up a second consecutive victory by defeating visiting Glendale, 33-3, last Saturday.
The Spartans are 2-0 for the first time since 2014, the same year they last clinched a CIF Southern Section playoff berth.
“We’re very happy and very excited,” said third-year head coach Jason Sarceda. “We’re taking every game and every day one at a time. We told [the players] we were going to go 1-0 this week, and that’s what we did. We’ll be back to work and getting ready for [Calabasas] Viewpoint and go 1-0 again.”
La Cañada dominated on both sides of the football, allowing only 86 yards of total offense and generating 319 yards of its own.
Glendale struck first with a 39-yard field goal from Edgar Ovasapyan late in the first quarter, but it did not take long for the home team to respond.
On the third play of the ensuing drive, sophomore quarterback Brandon Reese connected with junior receiver Dezin Delgatty, who hauled in the pass and shed two tackles before breaking free for an 80-yard touchdown that gave LCHS a 7-3 advantage with 1:29 remaining in the first quarter.
A blocked punt from Brandon Shepherd late in the second quarter set up another scoring drive for the Spartans. Jacob Hardy capped the 19-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run that gave his team a 17-3 lead with 36.2 seconds remaining in the first half.
Reese seemed confident in the third quarter, completing six consecutive passes and throwing an 11-yard touchdown pass to Justin Zoltzman. The young quarterback finished with 222 yards, two scores and one interception on 16 of 26 passing.
“He’s fire for us,” Sarceda said of his quarterback. “I’m just fortunate we got him for two more years after this. He really is a great athlete.”
Delgatty led all receivers with two catches for 95 yards and a touchdown. Zoltzman had five receptions for 66 yards and a score.
“I’m just so happy with that junior class,” Sarceda said. “Those were my babies when I [took over as head coach]. Now they’re juniors, and I know the culture is starting to change. We’re getting there.
The margin of victory was La Cañada’s largest over Glendale since 2009 when then head coach Dan Yoder guided his Spartans to a 35-0 win.
The Spartans remain at home this Friday, Sept. 6, and will host Viewpoint in a nonleague match at 7 p.m. The Patriots enter the contest with an 0-2 record, including a 21-17 loss to La Cañada rival South Pasadena.