First published in the Oct. 8 print issue of the South Pasadena Review.
The South Pasadena High School varsity football team continued its winning ways last Friday with a resounding 41-12 victory at Temple City in the teams’ Rio Hondo League opener.
Senior running back Jack Riffle followed up his 205-yard performance against Alhambra with another stellar effort, totaling 181 yards on the ground and three touchdowns on only 10 carries to help the Tigers (3-3 overall record, 1-0 in league) to their third win in the last four games.
SPHS quarterback Noah Aragon was also efficient on offense, completing nine of 12 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 15 yards. Backup quarterback Jackson Freking came into the game and threw two passes for 30 yards. He also caught three passes for 45 yards and a touchdown.
Quinn Stirling led the receiving corps with two catches for 59 yards and a touchdown, and senior Sage Wayans hauled in a 24-yard pass. Nick Eshom finished with two receptions for 21 yards and Sawyer Fox had a six-yard catch.
Sophomore Luke Riffle joined the scoring parade with a three-yard touchdown run and junior kicker Aidan Kinney converted five of six extra points.
South Pasadena’s defense held the Rams (0-6 overall, 0-1 league) to 233 yards on offense. Luke Riffle, Stirling and Alex Gonzalez led the Tigers with five tackles each, and Wayans and Dylan Feak added four tackles each. James Dowd recorded three tackles, including a sack, and teammates Jason Hong and Matthew Takasugi also contributed three tackles each. Luke Riffle intercepted a pass and Fox recovered a fumble that was caused by Gonzalez.