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Late interception costs Warren
Warren battles back from 14-0 deficit but drops season opener to South East High, 24-21, in South Gate.
WRITTEN BY :   Mark Fetter, Contributor

DOWNEY – The Warren High School football team traveled to South East High School in South Gate last Thursday evening to take on the reigning Los Angeles City Division II champion Jaguars and came up short, 24-21.
Warren started the game by kicking off to South East. On the first offensive play from scrimmage South East scored on a 52 yard touchdown pass from Jaguar quarterback Jonathan Santos. This score came at the 11:48 mark of the first quarter. The extra point was good and Warren was down 7-0.
Warren took possession after the ensuing kickoff but could not sustain a drive and was forced to punt. Starting Bear quarterback Zabib Summerville suffered a sprained right ankle early in the first quarter and was out for the rest of the evening.
South East took possession after the Warren punt and drove the ball down the field. Santos scored on a 19 yard quarterback keeper at the 3:42 mark of the first quarter. The extra point was good and Warren trailed 14-0. The first quarter ended with Warren trailing 14-0.
South East scored at the 11:19 mark of the second quarter on a Santos pass and converted the extra point. The score now stood at South East 21 and Warren 0.
South East decided to try an onside kick after their third touchdown. The onside kick was successful and the Jaguars recovered the ball at the Warren 40 yard line.
South East drove the ball down the field but their drive was stopped at the Warren 5 yard line. The Jaguars attempted and converted a 22 yard field goal. South East now led 24-0 at the 7:43 mark of the second quarter.
On the ensuing possession, the Bears started to get their offense going. Warren scored on a 2 yard toss play to the right at the 4:18 mark of the second quarter. The Bears had initially decided to go for the extra point after the touchdown but, after two offsides penalties on South East, decided to go for two. The two point conversion was no good and Warren now trailed 24-6.
The two teams exchanged the ball and field position for the remainder of the quarter. Warren did intercept a Santos pass with 2.3 seconds left in the second quarter to preserve the same score. Warren was down 24-6 at halftime but were now on the scoreboard.
Warren received the kickoff as the second half began. Warren proceeded to move the ball down the field and scored a touchdown from the two yard line at the 6:47 mark of the third quarter. The extra point was good and Warren cut their deficit to 24-13.
The third quarter saw Warren’s defense step up and intercept Santos twice. The first came at the 4:14 mark and the second came at the :20 second mark. The Bear defense intercepted Santos three times in the game. The third quarter ended with Sout East leading Warren 24-13.
As the fourth quarter resumed, the Bears and Jaguars once again exchanged the ball and field position. The Bears did put together a drive towards the end of the quarter and scored from the 20 yard line at the 2:00 mark. Coach Jimenez went for the two point conversion, which succeeded, to bring the game to within a field goal. Warren now trailed 24-21 with just under two minutes to play.
Coach Jimenez then decided to go for an onside kick to regain possession. The kick was executed well and there appeared to be a recovery by the Bears at the South East 45 yard line. As the referees gathered to confirm the call, it was determined that the ball was recovered out of bounds and that South East would retain possession.
Shortly after taking possession, South East fumbled the ball and the Bears recovered close to mid field. As the Bears took possession on the next play for the potential winning drive, Warren was intercepted at the :39 second mark.
South East took a knee to run out the clock and preserved their 24-21 win.
Warren will host Norwalk Friday evening.

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Published: September 6, 2012 – Volume 11 – Issue 21



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