Shirley Paces Guards To Win!

September 12, 2009 by  

FOOTBALL: Receiver scores five TDs in Bell-Jeff’s 33-0 road win against Mountain View.

EL MONTE — Micah Shirley couldn’t have scripted Friday night any better. 

The evening started with what seemed like an effortless three-yard touchdown reception and ended with a highlight-reel interception return for a score.

In between, the Bellarmine-Jefferson High football player added three other touchdowns in what amounted to a career game.

Shirley, a junior receiver, scored five times to lead the Guards to a 33-0 nonleague thrashing of host Mountain View.

“He makes me look good,” Guards quarterback Philip Diaz said.

“He makes me look good too,” Bellarmine-Jefferson defensive coordinator George Espinoza added.            

Shirley was too good against the Vikings, who perhaps foolishly played a man-to-man defense against the Guards (2-0).

The Vikings’ defense allowed Diaz to isolate Shirley on the outside, hitting him on an out pattern 90 seconds into the game for a quick score.

“It was the best thing they could give us,” said Diaz, referring to Mountain View’s defensive strategy. “We found what the open spots were and kept hitting them over and over.”

Added Shirley: “Our offense opened up with their man [defense].”

Shirley was single-covered in the second quarter as well when he hauled in a deep pass and turned it into a 65-yard score, his third touchdown of the game.

His second score came on a 22-yard interception return in the first quarter.

“He’s so quick,” Espinoza said. “He reads the ball really well. He gets to the ball on defense and sets up the blocks so well. He sets it up and just follows.”

An eight-yard touchdown pass on a crossing pattern gave Shirley his fourth score of the first half, as the Guards, ranked fourth in the CIF Southern Section Northeast Division, took a 27-0 lead into the half.

But what Shirley said he’ll remember most is his 97-yard interception return.

“It was just adrenaline,” Shirley said.

Mountain View (0-2) quarterback Jason Cordero rolled out and attempted a pass over the middle with eight minutes left in the fourth. But an overthrow landed in Shirley’s hands for his career-high third interception. Shirley sprinted right and took off without a Viking near him.

“He makes things happen,” Bell-Jeff Coach Rolando Aguirre said of Shirley, who had four receptions for 99 yards. “He has the athletic ability to adjust. He likes to play every part of the game.”

It was a game in which Diaz said will only help the Guards for the remainder of the year.

Said Diaz, who finished 14 of 23 for 256 yards: “This game gives us a confidence boost.”



By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan/Burbank Leader

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3 Responses to “Shirley Paces Guards To Win!”

  1. admin on September 13th, 2009 1:46 am

    Great game Micah, always knew you had it in you. Got to be the best game of your life with personal best’s in TD’s and int yards!


  2. yveet on September 13th, 2009 3:05 am

    I want give props to the defensive linemen for shutting out the vikings ….great job….go linemens!…….

  3. yveet on September 13th, 2009 3:07 am

    Go!!!!…………….linemen…………great job coach kevin….u did an awsome job with the line….keep it up…………..

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