Vaaulu shines in Warren loss

DOWNEY - The Warren High School football team hosted a 4-0 Cal High squad last Friday evening at Justice Stadium and lost 42-14.The Bears have now finished their pre-season schedule and will open league play this evening against cross-town rival Downey at Downey. Warren comes into this game with an 0-5 record and Downey enters this game with a 3-2 record. Now that league season is here however, both teams are 0-0 and looking for a San Gabriel Valley League playoff berth. Cal High scored first against Warren at the 1:43 mark of the first quarter. The extra point was good and the Condors took a 7-0 lead. Warren struck right back when Bear quarterback Mike Vega connected with fullback J.R. Vaaulu on a 49 yard pass play for a touchdown at the 11:04 mark of the second quarter. Bear head coach Gil Jimenez decided to go for two and the lead. The two point conversion was good and the Bears led 8-7. Cal High wasted little time on their ensuing possession and scored on a 52 yard pass play at the 10:10 mark of the second quarter. The extra point was good and the Condors pulled back ahead at 14-8. Warren scored their second touchdown on a 71 yard touchdown run by J.R. Vaaulu at the 8:50 mark of the second quarter. The extra point was blocked and the score was tied at 14. Cal High scored touchdowns at the 4:42 mark and again at the 1:02 mark of the second quarter. Both extra points were good and the Condors took a 28-14 lead going into the locker room at halftime. Warren kicked off to Cal High to start the second half. The Condors scored at the 9:33 mark of the third quarter on a 29-yard pass play. The extra point was good and Cal High led 35-14. The Condors scored again in the fourth quarter, converted the extra point and came away with the 42-14 win. Bear quarterback Mike Vega finished the game completing 1 of 8 passes for 57 yards and a touchdown. The Bear rushing attack was led by J.R. Vaaulu's 13 carries for 125 yards and a touchdown, Daryl Donerson's 15 carries for 67 yards, and Darwin Walker's six carries for 24 yards. The Bear defense was led by Oscar Herrera's six solo and three assisted tackles, J.R. Vaaulu's five solo and one assisted tackles, Richard Cervantez's three solo and three assisted tackles and Benjamin Donerson's two solo and four assisted tackles.

********** Published: October 4, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 25