South Pasadena High fell behind by three touchdowns in the first half, climbed back with 7 early in the fourth quarter before falling to favored Bonita 49-28 in non-league football action Friday night.
With the loss, the Tigers dropped to 2-1 on the young season while the Bearcats improved to 2-1.
South Pas has a bye next week and will return to action on October 23 against Alhambra at home.
Helped by three South Pas turnovers, the Bearcats held a 28-7 lead with 5:05 left in the second quarter but the Tigers closed the gap to 28-14 at the half. With 5:31 remaining in the third quarter, Bonita pulled away again, taking a three touchdown advantage before South Pas put two touchdowns on the board to make it a 35-28 contest with 7:55 left in the final period. The Bearcats finally put the game on ice with a pair of fourth period touchdowns down the stretch to pull out the victory.
“We don’t turn the ball over and we’re right there,” said second year coach C.B. Richards. “We were right there. We had this one, but we’ll learn from it. We just can’t afford to make mistakes against a good team like that.”