Rosemead D Shuts Down SG
Tim Peterson, Sports Editor
September 26, 2012 • 396 views
By Tim Peterson
Rosemead, CA –Rosemead’s defense hit, smacked, bruised and eventually beat up San Gabriel 16-6 Friday night in a crosstown rivalry at Marinelli Stadium.
The Panthers forced San Gabriel into six turnovers, including four interceptions of Matador quarterback Marqus Valenzuela. San Gabriel turned the ball over on four of its six possessions in the first half one of which the Panthers turned directly into a score.
The Matadors marched down to the Rosemead 25 on its first possession when Valenzuela hit Isai Fernandez on a short out. Fernandez was smacked and the ball squirted loose. Daniel Camarena scooped it up and rumbled 73 yards the other way for the score. Instead of the Mats drawing first blood it was suddenly 6-0 Rosemead.
“I thought we were on our heels there and that was absolutely a momentum changer,” said Rosemead coach Marc Paramo. “We needed to capitalize on those turnovers.”
That was the only time the Panthers capitalized in the first half as San Gabriel continued to turn the ball over. The Matadors only opportunity to score came late in the half but a 37 yard field goal that was blocked by the Panthers.
Stephen Cansino booted a 20 yard field goal in the third quarter to give Rosemead a 9-0 lead. Meanwhile San Gabriel went interception, fumble on its first two series.
Alec Zavla ran over a defender at the two yard line on his way to a 15 yard touchdown with just 3:30 left in the contest to seal it for Rosemead.
San Gabriel finally got on the board on the ensuing series on a 34 yard Valenzuela pass to Gabriel Larios in the far right corner of the endzone. The Martadors went for two and missed to account for the 16-6 final.
The game was riddled with flags on both sides. A bystander said there were over 60 flags thrown on the night. That was hyperbole but there was enough laundry to disrupt the flow of the game.
“They were playing hard an we were playing hard but with the all the laundry on the field it was hard to get momentum going on both sides,” Paramo said. “It was unfortunate for both sides. It was ugly but we’re glad to come out on top.
Daniel Rios, Steven San Miguel and Jamie Robles all had interceptions for the Panthers. Offensively, Zavala had 12 caries for 89 yards and a touchdown for Rosemead.
Larois had three catches for 84 yards and a score for SG.
The Mead evens its record at 2-2 with the win while San Gabriel falls so 2-3. The Mats start Almont League play in two weeks while Rosemead makes the short trek to Temple City to play the Rams.