San Marino Shows Improvement in Loss at Northview

Connor Short
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Coach Justin Mesa said Connor Short improved in the Titans’ 42-7 at Northview.
Kourosh Hassibi
Kourosh Hassibi brings down Covina Northview quarterback James Jimenez.

The San Marino High School varsity football team suffered a second consecutive loss last Friday as the Titans fell to host Covina Northview, 42-7, in a nonleague game last Friday.
The last time San Marino opened the season with two defeats was in 2016. The Titans managed to overcome the tough start and qualified for the CIF Southern Section playoffs.
First-year head coach Justin Mesa remains optimistic about his group despite being outscored 84-10 the past two weeks.
“I think we have been improving,” he said. “We’re improving on a weekly basis. Obviously, some of the results aren’t what we wanted and some of the performances aren’t what we wanted. We got of a lot of young guys that are playing varsity for the first time.
“We had two quality programs and two well-established football teams the past two weeks. There are no excuses for performances, but we are getting better. The good thing is that the kids fought against Northview.”
Mesa took the blame the team’s performance in the first game. Several Titans suffered from cramps and weren’t ready physically. However, the athletes were in better shape against the Vikings (2-0 overall record).
San Marino (0-2 overall) managed to find the end zone during the first quarter when Andrew Karapetyan punched it in from 1 yard out and tied the game, 7-7, following the extra point.

Neven Yarahmadi
Neven Yarahmadi hauls in a pass from Connor Short against the Vikings.
Andrew Karapetyan
Andrew Karapetyan scored the Titans’ first touchdown of the season last Friday.

“I think we ran the ball a little better,” Mesa said. “Defensively, we were better with our assignments, and the same goes for our special teams. But we got a long ways to go. We just have to continue to work hard to get better every day. That’s the goal.”
The Titans opened the season against stiff competition, but Mesa isn’t making any excuses and wouldn’t change it if he could.
“The schedule was something I wasn’t able to control,” Mesa said. “We all stepped into this situation and did our best with what’s been handed to us. I think it was good for us. At the end of the day, it will be good for us to have played some quality opponents and players because it helps build character.”
Mesa will be seeking his first win as a Titan at home this Friday, Sept. 6. San Marino’s home opener will be against El Monte at 7 p.m.
“I think it’s good for the kids to get a chance to play on their home field and in front of their friends,” Mesa said. “The first two games were about an hour and a half away. We had some families make it out there, but we’ll hopefully see more at home.”

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