Guards Hold On For Win!

October 16, 2009 by  

MEMORIAL FIELD— Bellarmine-Jefferson football Coach Rolando Aguirre was not happy after his team’s 36-24 Homecoming  victory against Silver Valley on Saturday.

If you ask him, the game became closer than it should have been.

“I’m very upset,” Aguirre said. “They never should have been in the game.”

The Trojans (0-5) weren’t in the game, at least not in the first half. Their second offensive possession resulted in a safety after Guards’ Dylan Watkins got to Silver Valley quarterback Dan Miller in the end zone.

The Guards (4-2) offense then went to work. A 55-yard pass from quarterback Brenden Alferez to Kevin Yuenyonsakul set up a four-yard touchdown pass to Micah Shirley.

A pair of touchdown passes to Yuenyonsakul, along with Emery Else’s interception for a touchdown, helped the Guards take a 30-8 lead into halftime.

The first 24 minutes ended with Miller throwing three interceptions and the Trojans totaling 131 total yards of offense, while the Guards had 220.

At that point, the Guards must have thought the game was in the bag.

But the Trojans had some fight left in them. After Cameron Thrash intercepted Alferez and ran it back for a touchdown and Silver Valley was successful two-point conversion, it was a two- possession game.

With 5:12 remaining in the fourth quarter, Silver Valley running back Mark Yarbrough took the ball at the 34-yard line and carried it to the end zone, cutting the lead to six.

The Guards were able to put an end to the comeback attempt, however. Bell-Jeff’s Alex Davidians bulldozed his way for a two-yard touchdown run late in the game to give the hosts some breathing room.

“We were digging them back in the game,” Aguirre said.

On the bright side, Alferez continues to impress since taking over for injured starter Philip Diaz. The senior completed 16 of 30 passes for 262 yards with three touchdowns and the one interception.

“Brenden did a fantastic job throwing the football in the first half,” Aguirre said.

“The line did amazing, and I couldn’t ask for a better one,” Alferez said. “The rolling out was perfect. It made me see the receivers better.”

Yuenyonsakul caught five passes for 105 yards and had two touchdowns. Shirley caught seven balls for 85 yards and Joshua Martinez contributed with four catches for 72 yards.

Miller, on the other hand, attempted nine passes and wasn’t able to complete any. He threw four interceptions and fumbled once.

It was the Trojans running game that almost pulled off the upset. As a team, the Trojans had 50 rushes for 276 yards. The carries were divided among five players, which kept the Guards guessing all night.

Miller made up for his poor throwing performance with 66 yards on the ground. John Aquino led the way with 80 yards in 11 carries with a touchdown, and Yarbrough chipped in with 74 yards and a touchdown.

“They attacked our line and linebackers, and were successful doing so,” Aguirre said. “They had a scheme that worked well against us.”

His team’s performance in the second half is something that Aguirre never wants to see again, especially next week against highly regarded St. Genevieve in a Santa Fe League opener for both teams.

By Emin Avakian

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