Football Preview!

September 19, 2009 by  


WHEN: 7 p.m. today.

WHERE: Memorial Field (Burroughs High).

RECORDS: The Guards are 2-0; the Sharks are 0-1.


LAST WEEK: Bell-Jeff defeated Mountain View, 33-0; Malibu lost to Channel Islands, 17-0.

OUTLOOK: The Guards come into the game ranked No. 4 in the CIF Southern Section Northeast Division. The squad is playing the first of six straight games at Memorial Field after being on the road for its first two contests. Bell-Jeff is coming off a big last week in a shutout of Mountain View. It was the team’s first shutout since last season, when they defeated Lucern Valley, 39-0, in a nonleague game on Oct. 4. Junior wide receiver/ defensive back Micah Shirley had a big game on both sides of the ball. On offense, he scored five touchdowns. On defense, he had three interceptions. As a receiver, Shirley has caught 13 passes for 224 yards and four touchdowns in two games. He averages 17.2 yards a carry.

Junior quarterback Philip Diaz has stepped in and made an instant impact in his first season as starter. Diaz has completed 29 of 52 passes for 520 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions. Senior Alex Davidians has led the way on defense for the Guards, as he paces the team with 28 tackles. Bell-Jeff will be taking in a Malibu team that went 6-4 and tied for third in the Frontier League with a 1-3 mark in 2008.

SOMETHING INTERESTING: The Guards lost to Malibu last season, 23-8.

Jeff Tully

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One Response to “Football Preview!”

  1. Steve Moskowitz on September 20th, 2009 5:11 pm

    The Guards/Malibu game was excellent and exciting…from start to finish. And, it wasn’t the scoring alone that made it dynamic and fun, but the quality of play and
    strategy. Both teams were equally matched and came to play. The Malibu team
    was big and strong, and very well prepared. The Guards are talented and of championship quality. Unfortunately, the Guards lost simply as a result of three
    errant attempts at points-after-touchdowns.

    Otherwise the Guards’ linesman both offensively and defensively are to be given
    tremendous approbation for holding the tall and weighty Malibu front lines. They
    not only held them, they “moved” them.

    Of particular note was Number 57, Dylan Watkins, who had an outstanding game. Number 20, Hajj, was hitting hard on many plays. Yuenonsakul, number 7, was in there on almost every play. And Martinez, number 5, had a spectacular catch amidst several big and tall defenders.

    Yes, the Guards lost the game by 2 points…20 to 18. And, yes, numbers are important, like winning. And, the Bell-Jeff Guards must play to win, and learn and practice winning…and see winning in their mind. You see, numbers can “figure”
    out losing “backwards,” but only words and intellect can “elaborate” on the solution for winning “forwards.” Losing is always just a part of winning.

    Congratulations to the Guards team and coaching staff on a WIN…next game!

    Stephen Moskowitz

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