The South Pasadena Tigers varsity football team took a step back to the drawing boards as they were whipped 52-7 by a powerful Arroyo High School team out of El Monte in a non-conference game Friday night.

This evens the Tigers preseason record at 2-2.

The Tigers did get starting quarterback Sam Luna-Long back after he sat out last week’s game with a slight concussion.

The Tigers just couldn’t handle the Knights no-huddle offense. Luna-Long did manage to get the Tigers on the scoreboard when he threw for a touchdown in the final quarter, preventing a shut out.

“They’re a great team,” said Greg Luna, So Pas athletic director, about Arroyo. Although the Tigers went down to defeat for the second time this preseason, they never gave up, fighting until the final whistle. There were no “significant injuries,” to the Tigers squad, Luna added.

Read more about the game with statistics and interviews in the next edition 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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