Norwalk 64 Westminster 21: Elijhaa Penny was a BEAST in this game as he ran through, over, and past any of the Lion's defenders in his way. HE put in the kind of game only one can dream of or accomplish, unless you're playing Madden. He started the game off with TD runs of one, and five yards. Then, in the second half with the Lancers already up 35-21, he decided to just go off, as he ripped off TD runs of 25, 42, 70, and 81 yards. He finished his night with 332 yards and six TD's. His offensive line led by Senior C Jonathan Rodriguez, cleared the road all night long as RB Billy Moore chipped in with 96 yards; and FB Daveon Edwards added 50 yards rushing on the ground. The Lancers continue to rack up the yards on the ground. They have outscored their opponents behind this bruising running game by a score of 127-29. That is phenomenal. In this one, the Lions of Westminster had early success against the Lancers but the well ran dry, and they could not do anything to stop Penny.
Semifinal Playoff Preview:
Norwalk vs. Garden Grove: This is going to be a huge game. The Lancers knocked off the Argonauts last year in the first round at Garden Grove. So far in the playoffs, the Argonauts have been playing tough and they are undefeated this season. But so far in these playoffs, the Garden Grove league-which they represent-is 0-2 vs. the Suburban League. They played Westminster in Week 0 which was a fatefulnight, as Kevin Telles lost his life on the football field. Since that night, the Argonauts have been playing extremely hard to try and honor their fallen teammate. It brings football into perspective when you think that this young man lost his life and his teammates are pushing so hard to honor his memory. The Lancers have had their own tragedy this season, when last year's varsity QB Miguel Rivera was paralyzed in a car accident earlier this year. Rivera's brother plays for the Lancers. Both these teams have experienced turmoil and tragedy. I look for this to be the hardest fought game that the Lancers have had so far in the playoffs. This one will be close, and will come down to who has the ball last.
Norwalk 35 Garden Grove 31
La Mirada vs. Laguna Hills: The Matadores have come full circle from the team that they were last season. They have become a team united by a goal, and you can see that they are a family and that they care about one another. The Matadores who have not lost since Week 1 against La Habra-who looks primed for another division title. The Matadores look to continue their winning ways, but they have to go through the defending division champion Laguna Hills, who went 2-0 vs. the Suburban league last year. The Hawks of Laguna Hills want to make sure they can establish their running game early because they have, as a team, rushed for more than 2500 yards this year and they have a multitude of backs that carry the ball for them. I look for the Matadores defense to set the tone early, and ultimately pull the game out.
La Mirada 28 Laguna Hills 17
Final Thoughts: With only one more week after this, for football season, I look for the match-up I have chosen to stay the same. For it to be an NLMUSD District final. Norwalk is looking to make to its first CIF final since 1977 and La Mirada is looking to get back to the game for the first time since 2001. I look for this weeks games to have a ton of surprises, and for there to be a lot of trick plays, because all of these teams are very good and they will play solid on defense. I wish you all much success; and stay injury free.
Suburban League All-League Team: So this is my version of the All-League team. I have only a 1st team and I think it will be a well represented one. I believe what a player does on the field merits their being on this team not what their team did. The best players will be represented on this team. They all play a multitude of positions but they made this team at the spot I thought they would be their best at.