Football Takes Home Crucial Win in RHL Opener

By Ryan Nakamura
Staff Writer

Photo by  Tucker Judkins

Tiger football is confident that their season will go well after overpowering the La Cañada Spartans in a 36-0 league opening victory on Friday, October 9.

Nothing could stop the Tiger onslaught as the packed South Pas crowd rallied behind the team’s first touchdown three minutes into the game: senior wide reciever Max Luck making his way into the end zone. Luck would finish the game with 121 receiving yards and three more touchdowns. Senior quarterback Michael Partida also capped off the night with 226 passing yards and accounted for four of the Tigers’ five touchdowns. Junior wide receiver Jalen Ross tallied 90 yards through the air and scored the second touchdown of the game on an 18 yard pitch to the end zone, while also rushing for 58 yards.

Senior cornerback Kenneth Linares stopped the Spartans short of a touchdown after intercepting a pass on the goal line, leaving a zero on the scoreboard in the second quarter. Senior running back Emiliano Sornoso also racked up 41 yards along with an interception against the Spartans in the fourth quarter. Senior linebacker Christian Carter made seven tackles in the game with another two tackles forcing the Spartans to lose yardage.

“We’ve all been waiting for this the entire year and it feels great to start off the way we did,” Partida said. “We all want to close out other teams and we want to keep on rolling and get better and
better every day.”

Although the Tigers are undefeated at 6-0, head coach CB Richards still sees room for improvement in the team’s performance. After committing 11 penalties for a loss of 100 yards on Friday, the Tigers still have a way to go; however, everyone is confident in the team’s performance.

“It feels good when everything comes together like that; not because of the numbers on the scoreboard, but how the team played and executed the gameplan,” Richards said. “We all know things get tougher the rest of the way, but on Friday, we Tigers all showed toughness, skill
and passion.”

The Tigers look to improve their league record to 2-0 against the Blair Vikings on October 16 at John Muir High School at 7:00 p.m. Last season, the Tigers completed a 55-0 rout of the visiting Vikings.