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

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Defense Key for Bell-Jeff!

November 5, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

FOOTBALL: Guards limit Salesian to just one touchdown in 18-6 Santa Fe League victory at home.

Story by: Jeff Tully – Photos by: Katie Watkins

MEMORIAL FIELD — The Bellarmine-Jefferson High offense sputtered and misfired during the first half of its football game against Salesian.

Although the Guards got to within inches of the Mustangs’ goal line twice during the first quarters, all they had to show for it was a field goal.

Luckily for Bell-Jeff, while its offense was struggling, its defense stepped up.

The defense kept Salesian off the board until late in the fourth quarter and allowed the Guards to post an 18-6 Santa Fe League win Saturday at Memorial Field.

“We just didn’t look very good on offense in that first half at all,” said Bell-Jeff Coach Rolando Aguirre, whose team improved to 6-2, 2-0 in league. “We made too many mistakes and that really hurt us.”

On the other side of the ball, however, the Guards controlled the game. Playing solid defense has been Bell-Jeff’s biggest forte this season, as the unit has allowed just 13 points in its last four games — which includes two shutouts.

“Our defense has come up big for us all season,” Aguirre said. “They are out there working hard all game. We sure needed that against Salesian.”

The defense recovered two fumbles and intercepted Salesian quarterbacks three times. The unit also kept the Mustangs (1-7, 0-2) from scoring on their first 13 possessions.

The Guards appeared to score first early in the first quarter when senior running back #21 Bronson Ketchum dove for the endzone on an 11-yard scamper. However, as he stretched to break the goal line, the ball popped out and was ruled a fumble.

Bell-Jeff had another chance at a touchdown with less than a minute left in the first half. The Guards drove the ball and had a second-and-goal on the one-foot line. However, a fumbled snap and an incomplete pass had Bell-Jeff facing fourth down at the 6-yard line.

The Guards had to settle for a 22-yard field goal from #54 Jairo Trujillo with 27 seconds left.

Bell-Jeff was able to add to its lead on its first possession of the first quarter — thanks to the defense. Senior defensive back #24 Javier Gonzalez picked up a fumble and ran it in from the 6-yard line at the 10:23 mark.

The Guards upped their advantage to 15-0 with 35 seconds left in the third quarter on a nine-yard touchdown run by Ketchum, his sixth of the season.

Trujillo connected on a 27-yard field goal with 5:01 left in the game to cap the Bell-Jeff scoring.

The Guards’ defense did bend a little in the final minutes, as Salesian scored a touchdown with 2:18 left.

Sophomore wide receiver #22 Micah Shirley had six catches for 93 yards for the Guards.

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He was leading the JV team in rushing yards, touchdowns and tackles before his injury and his presence and leadership will surely be missed.

“JT” has already undergone several surgeries and is still hospitalized at the time of this writing and we ask that everyone continue to pray for his complete and speedy recovery.  admin-

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