Struggling to make it a contest, the Tigers entered the game without three starting offensive linemen and lost their first and second quarterbacks and top running back during a 35-10 setback to Aquinas in San Bernardino.
“It’s not what we had hoped for with all the injuries but it gav
e a chance for other guys to step up,” said South Pasadena Head Coach C.B. Richards, who watched as many reserves were given an opportunity to showcase their talents in the First round game. I’m extremely proud how we hung in and battled until the very end.”
After Aquinas took 14-0 lead, the Tigers scored their only touchdown on the second play of the second quarter w
ent Fernando Sornosa bulled over from 2 yards out.
South Pasadena’s only other points came with less than a minute in the first half when Thomas Huff booted a 21-yard field goal, making it a 21-10 game.
The Falcons scored twice mo
re in the second half, including a 41-yard interception return for a touchdown by Andrew Kelstrom with just over two minutes left in the game to seal it, 35-10.
South Pas was dealt a major blow when starting quarterback Adam Arellano, his backup, Sydney Luna-Long, and t
op running back Jalen Ross all went down with injuries.
“I can’t say enough about how hard the guys fought through adversity and continued to work hard,” added Richards.
“They never quit and should keep their heads up. It was a great effort. I would have liked to to play them at full strength to see how matched up. But give them credit. They have a pretty good team over there.”