The South Pasadena Tigers varsity football team won the last game of the season, 27-13, against La Cañada by repeating what they did the first game of the season: They turned No. 20, Ivan Estrada, loose who unofficially racked up more than 160 yards on the ground and scored three of the team’s four touchdowns.
“It was just like the first game,” Estrada said after the final whistle. “I can’t believe it. We got a win.” Estrada ran wild in the first game of the season against Mountain View, which the Tigers own 35-14. Estrada had 282 all-purpose yards in that game with a kickoff return of 102 yards.
And win they did in this league game played at La Cañada. And it was a total team effort. The offensive line blew wide open holes for Estrada, who, in addition to exhibiting his 4.9 speed, fumbled the ball as he looked like he was going to break free again.
“He had a great game,” Coach Jeff Chi said. “The line did a great job of opening holes for that guy as well as for (Jacob) Barnes. They did a great job of running the ball and the linemen did a great job of creating running lanes.”
The season has now come to a merciful end for the Tigers with a 1-3 record in league play and an overall record of 3-7. This year’s record in league play was a repeat of last year’s 1-3, with the Tigers beating La Cañada as well. Last year, the Tigers overall record was better at 5-5.
So Pas High School Athletic Director Greg Luna said there will be an evaluation of the season during the days ahead and he does foresee changes being made.
“Always,” Luna said.
Stay tuned to the print edition of The Review for more coaches, players and official comments about the La Cañada game and what’s in store for next season.