South Pasadena High rolled to a 20-7 victory in its season opener against Rosemead Friday night behind a three touchdown performance by Jackson Totleben.
After a scoreless first quarter, Totleben scored from 17 yards out at the 5:50 mark of the second period to put the Tigers in front 7-0.
Sam Hernandez put Rosemead’s only points on the board on a 5-yard run with 55 seconds left before halftime.
A fumble recovery led to the Tigers next score as Totleben finished off the 22 yard drive with a quick 5-yard burst up the middle at the 5:03 mark of the third quarter.
Totleben scored his final TD on the first play of the 4th period when he hurdled over the top from 3-yards out, making it 20-7 after a missed extra point.
Helping to set up the TD was a huge 54-yard run by Glen Levstik.
“We have to give the Line credit for opening up some big holes for our running game,” said Tigers’ Coach Jeff Chi, who picked up his first win in returning as the Tigers’ head coach. He was South Pasadena’s varsity coach in 1991, but has spent most of his time in an assistant role since those days. “It feels good. I’m glad we won, but I know we can play much better. We’ll start working on that tomorrow.”
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