It came down to the last series of downs, and the Eastside Lions had the football inside the red zone, but the So Pas Tigers mounted a massive goal-line stand and came away with the win, 7-6.

In a sloppy game of turnovers and penalties, the So Pas varsity football team put together just enough offense under third-string quarterback Jaden Gallego to squeak out the victory on a cool, clear night at home in front of about 250 fans.

The workhorse for the Tigers this night was Ethan Hong who  touched the ball 13 times for 80 yards.

“The finish was exciting,” said Greg Luna, SPHS athletic director. “Both teams played their hearts out. Well matched. Lots of mistakes but it was a good game to watch.”

Read about the entire game with more interviews with the coaches in the next issue of The Review.


Steve Whitmore is the editor for the South Pasadena Review. Steve has spent more than four decades as an award-winning print and broadcast journalist with a 16-year stint as the senior media advisor for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Steve comes to us from the Keene Sentinel in Keene, New Hampshire, where he covered politics and was a columnist.

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