Bell-Jeff Makes History!

November 22, 2008 by  

FOOTBALL: Guards come back to defeat host Fairmont Prep, 28-21, in opening CIF contest.

CERRITOS — The last time the Bellarmine-Jefferson High football team won a playoff game, Eisenhower was the president, a gallon of gas was 21 cents and Coach Rolando Aguirre was in diapers.

Oh, how times have changed.

Bell-Jeff snapped a 54-year playoff drought Friday with a 28-21 first-round CIF Southern Section Northeast Division victory against Fairmont Prep at Cerritos Valley Christian High.

“This is obviously a big win for us. We have kids who want to play hard and have a ton of heart,” Aguirre said.

Bell-Jeff will be the home team when it meets Linfield Christian next week at a site to be determined.

The Guards’ night got off to an auspicious start, as senior quarterback Daniel Radoccia sprained his knee on the opening kickoff. After taking one play off, Radoccia was back in the huddle, and he promptly threw an interception that was returned 28 yards by D’Mitri Lopez for a touchdown.

“I was a little nervous at that point, but I didn’t want to show it,” Radoccia said. “So, I just had to put it out of my mind and keep going.”

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Photos compliments of: Lucy Radoccia

After a Bell-Jeff (7-4) punt, the Huskies wasted little time adding to their lead after a four-play, 41-yard drive that ended in a 16-yard touchdown by Richard Johnson with 5:03 left in the first quarter.

The Guards’ defense came alive late in the first quarter, allowing the offense a chance to settle in.

Bell-Jeff’s Bronson Ketchum scored on a 72-yard touchdown with more than 11 minutes remaining in the second quarter to give the Guards life.

Both defenses traded goal-line stands late in the quarter, as the first half ended with Fairmont Prep leading, 14-7.

Ketchum added a touchdown in the third quarter on a four-yard run that was set up by a Phillip Diaz 35-yard punt return.

The Guards then rolled the dice and had Jairo Trujillo loft a pooch kick on the kickoff that Alex Davidians recovered. Four plays later, Radoccia hit Micah Shirley in the corner of the endzone for a 16-yard touchdown to give Bell-Jeff a 20-14 advantage.

On a fourth-down play, the Huskies tried a fake punt, but the Guards read the play perfectly and took over possession of the ball.

Aguirre than changed his lineup and threw in some unconventional plays at Fairmont Prep (8-3).

Diaz added the final Guards’ touchdown on a 14-yard keeper with 4:47 remaining in the game.

The Guards — the runner-up from the Santa Fe League — also converted on a two-point conversion pass play.

Radoccia was 10 of 21 for 99 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Ketchum had 18 carries for 115 yards and two touchdowns.

By Kristopher Wayne – Burbank Leader

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One Response to “Bell-Jeff Makes History!”

  1. admin on November 27th, 2008 12:28 am

    Way to go Guards, let’s keep this train rollin’ to the next round!

    P.S. Phillip, you were definitely MVP of the game!


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