By A.J. Calabrese
Coming off of a loss to Carson last week, the Wolverines bounced back with a 35-0 victory against the La CaÃ±ada Spartans on Friday.
âAfter the mistakes we made last week, we needed a strong finish before league,â Coach Vic Eumont said. âWe started fast and finished strong in the first half.â
The offense got off to a quick start when within the first minute of the game, receiver Jackson Ligouri â10 broke free for a 68 yard touchdown after a short pass from Sean Berman â09.
On the next offensive drive, the Wolverines moved the ball downfield and scored on a five-yard rushing touchdown by Tehron OâNeal â09. OâNeal ran for two more touchdowns in the second quarter, giving him nine rushing touchdowns on the season.
On the defensive side of the ball, Kimo Thorpe â09 and Shawn Fateh â09 each recovered a fumble. Thorpe was able to return the fumble for a touchdown.
âWe came out from the first play at let them know who was gonna win this game,â Thorpe said. Thorpeâs touchdown was the first defensive touchdown of the season for the Wolverines.
Also on defense, Andy Firestone â08 intercepted two passes, and Ross Gruber â08 and Jakarri Hamlin â08 sacked Spartansâ quarterback Duke McAffrey five times total.
Under Eumontâs orders, the Wolverines ran out the clock in the second half. After pulling ahead to a comfortable lead, they controlled the ball and made the last two quarters pass quickly.
âWatching the film we thought we could control the game,â Eumont said. âWe executed on all sides of the ball. When you get all of that done, itâs a good win.â
The Wolverines now prepare for league play. According to Eumont, the team faces a tough slew of upcoming games as the Del Rey League hosts formidable opponents in St. Bernard, Cathedral, and Serra.
âItâs a tough start. Itâs gonna be a good league,â he said. âBut thatâs the fun part of it.â
The Wolverines play at St. Bernard next week in Playa Del Rey.