Tough schedule hurts Bears

DOWNEY - The Warren High School football team fell to 0-4 on the season with a 37-21 defeat at home to the Bell Gardens Lancers.The Bears will host a 4-0 Cal High team Friday night at Justice Stadium. Despite the Bears slow start this season, I have been tracking Bear opponents' wins and losses. Interestingly, in the four losses the Bears have thus far, their respective opponents have accumulated an impressive 13-5 record. South East is 4-1, Norwalk is 4-1, Rosemead is 2-2, Bell Gardens is 3-1 and this week's opponent, Cal High is undefeated. Several of these teams are ranked in their respective C.I.F. Division polls. Although the Bears lost 37-21 last Friday evening, the score is a bit misleading. Warren trailed 7-6 at the end of the first quarter. The Bears scored a touchdown in the second quarter and made the two point conversion. Bell Gardens scored a touchdown in the second quarter but did not convert the extra point. The score going into the locker room at halftime was 14-13 Warren. The third quarter oddly saw Warren outscore Bell Gardens 7-4 and extend their lead to 21-17 as the third quarter came to a close. The fourth quarter saw Bell Gardens score 20 unanswered points and pull away late with the 37-21 victory. Bear quarterback Zaahid Summerville completed six passes for 75 yards. Michael San Angelo led the Bear receivers by catching three passes for 57 yards, Daryl Donerson caught two passes for 13 yards and Keenan Brooks caught one pass for five yards. Daryl Donerson led the Bear rushing attack with 14 carries for 91 yards, Darwin Walker had nine carries for 41 yards, J.R. Vaaulu had seven carries for 33 yards and Michael San Angelo had four carries for 26 yards. The Bears had 186 rushing yards on 39 carries and moved the ball well for a good part of the game. The Bears were led on defense by Michael San Angelo's two solo and six assisted tackles, Daniel Sanchez's six solo and one assisted tackle(s), Keenan Brooks' five solo tackles and Oscar Herrera's four solo and one assisted tackle(s). The Bears will finish their preseason schedule against Cal High this evening before traveling to cross-town rival Downey for the San Gabriel Valley League opener for both teams on Oct. 5.

********** Published: September 27, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 24