Guards Lose Wild League Shootout!

October 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

NORTH HOLLYWOOD — Bell-Jeff not able to keep pace with St. Genevieve in suffering 64-40 loss. With the score tied and Read more

Bell-Jeff Has Tough Start To League, 53-6!

October 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

LOS ANGELES — Salesian proves too tough in defeating Guards in Santa Cruz League play.

The Bellarmine-Jefferson High football team ended up on the wrong end of the scene that unfolded after Friday night’s game at Salesian.

One team celebrated at midfield, ringing a victory bell on the 50-yard line and entertaining a packed homecoming game crowd. The other, limped off the field dejectedly, the end result of an ugly blowout game marred by injuries and penalties.

The latter team was Bell-Jeff, the victim of a 53-6 Santa Fe League loss at the hands of the Mustangs (5-2, 1-0 in league).

“We met a very explosive team,” said Bell-Jeff Coach Rolando Aguirre. “All their kids played hard. They’re just a good team. But I’m proud of how we played.”

The Guards (3-4, 0-1) showed resiliency, continuing to play tough throughout the contest despite scoring just once. Bell-Jeff put six points on the board with a quarterback sneak by junior Mitch Kellogg early in the second quarter. The touchdown came as the result of a labored and hard-fought drive, in which the Guards’ offense managed to convert a trio of third downs and a fourth down, showing their resiliency.

Sophomores Eric Agaverdyan and Demitri Moreno were prime examples of that work ethic. Running back Moreno, a running back, had 73 rushing yards on 13 carries after suffering an injury on a kick return early in the game. Agaverdyan, a fullback, ran for 42 yards on 10 carries. The duo helped Bell-Jeff outgain the Mustangs, 163-119.

“You know who rose to the occasion on our team? Our sophomores,” Aguirre said. “I’m so proud of them. They were tremendous. All the sophomores stepped in and did it. They did a great job.”

While Moreno was able to return to the game, Agaverdyan saw more carries as the unfortunate result of Joshua Martinez leaving the contest in the first half. The tailback was the victim of a helmet-to-helmet collision so vicious it drew a loud gasp from the crowd. Martinez was the Guards’ second-leading rusher at the time with five carries for 14 yards.

“We didn’t come fully prepared to hit, and that’s what happens,” Aguirre said.

The Mustangs came ready to hit right from kickoff. After going four-and-out on their first possession, the Guards’ Alejandro Marroqin had his punt blocked by Luvon Lucas and it was recovered on the Bell-Jeff 27-yard line by the Mustangs.

On the first play of Salesian’s first drive of the game, Jihad Vercher hooked up with Keishawne Rowe on a 27-yard touchdown pass at 10:20.

The Mustangs would score again before the Guards finally got on the board, but Salesian then scored on its next drive. Another blocked punt was returned it to just outside the goal line but a personal foul penalty gave Bell-Jeff another chance with a 1st down at the 50.

But a fumble on a first down at their own 37-yard line led to a turnover. Armando Valdez scooped up the ball and ran it back the other way for a touchdown, putting Salesian up, 26-6, with 5:53 left in the opening half. Salesian scored again with 43.3 seconds left in the frame, leaving the Guards down, 33-6, at the half.

The second half began with Salesian’s Shakare Ina returning the opening kickoff for an 80-yard touchdown, which effectively doomed the Guards, leaving them in a 39-6 deficit. One more long, laborious drive failed to materialize and the Mustangs went on to score two more times in its homecoming victory.

By Abbey Mastracco, Special to the Leader

Guards Falter In Second Half!

October 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

LONG BEACH —Bell-Jeff loses Santa Fe League game to St. Anthony, 40-6. Trailing by only one score at halftime, Read more

Guards Notch 20-14 Win In OT!

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EL MONTE – Martinez scores two TDs in win against host Mountain View. The Bellarmine-Jefferson High football team came, saw and Read more

Bell-Jeff No Match For Malibu!

September 24, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

NORTH HOLLYWOOD — The Guards have no answer in 49-12 nonleague loss to Sharks at home. The first play from Read more

Inside Info: Bell-Jeff VS. Malibu!

September 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

BELL-JEFF VS. MALIBU

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday.

WHERE: North Hollywood High.

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

LAST WEEK: Bell-Jeff defeated Rosamond, 27-18; Malibu defeated St. Monica, 17-3.

OUTLOOK: After a rough start in their season-opening game — a 12-8 loss to Flintridge Prep — the Guards have been able to notch two straight victories. In just two games, Bell-Jeff has been able to equal its win output of 2010, when it went 2-8. One reason for the success the last two games has been the play of junior running back Joshua Martinez, who has been on a tear. Last week, he scored three touchdowns to bring his season total to eight. Malibu has had problems scoring this season, totaling just 14 points in its two losses. The team averages 10.3 points a game. Under Coach Rolando Aguirre, Bell-Jeff’s defense gives up an average of 12.6 points a game. But it was the Sharks’ defense that stepped up last week, yielding just a field goal. After falling behind, 3-0, against St. Monica — which, like Bell-Jeff, plays in the Santa Fe League — Malibu scored 17 unanswered points. The Sharks have a good running back in senior Nate Dowler and a solid quarterback in sophomore Dylan Miller.

SOMETHING INTERESTING: The Guards will have two more nonleague games against Viewpoint and Mountain View before opening league play Oct. 14 at defending champion Salesian.

Jeff Tully

Bell-Jeff Gets In Line With Simpler Offense!

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After going 2-8 last year for its first sub-.500 football season since 2007, Bell-Jeff is going back to basics. Read more

Bell-Jeff Hits The Track!

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BURBANK — Just one of the four area track and field programs is able to practice and compete on a home track. Read more

Shirley Is Guards’ Double Threat!

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Fitting Ending For Bell-Jeff!

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LOS ANGELES — No Playoffs for Guards as they suffer 56-6 loss to Salesian. Giving up 42 points and 364 yards of offense Read more

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