South Pasadena High scored 31 first half points, was held scoreless in the final two periods, but held on to hand host La Canada a 31-6 Loss in Rio Hondo League action Friday night.
With the win, the Tigers improved to 6-1 overall, 2-0 in league play. La Canada dropped to 3-4, 0-2 in league.
Only two more regular games remain on South Pasadena’s schedule as the Tigers prepare to take on rival San Marino in less than two weeks.
Next week, the Tigers will have a bye after picking up a forfeit victory over Blair, which cancelled the remainder of its season.
Three of South Pasadena’s first half touchdowns came on 1-yard runs by senior quarterback Adam Arellano. Jalen Ross, the Tigers’ high-energy senior running back, hauled in a 10-yard pass for another score and Justin Huff continued to kick well, booting a 23-yard field goal, plus a pair of extra points.
The Tigers featured a new wrinkle after their first touchdown, when Ross went in motion, took the ball from Arellano and threw a perfect pass to a wide open Sidney Luna-Long to complete a two-point conversion.
The Tigers also converted an onside kick and faked a punt in the contest.
“We tried a few things just to show other teams what we’ve got and make the think about it as we prepare to play them, said South Pasadena coach C.B. Richards. We have our two most important games ahead of us and, while I like what I see in our team so far, we still have a lot of work to do. We played a good first half against La Canada, but there are a number of things we can improve on. I know we can.”