DOWNEY - The Warren High School football team lost to Dominguez last Friday evening at Justice Stadium 42-20. The Bears are now 0-7 overall and 0-2 in league play.The Bears will travel to Lynwood this evening and try to do what they did last year; beat Lynwood. Warren defeated the Knights last season 21-14 in an exciting contest. Lynwood comes into this game with a 2-5 overall record and an 0-2 league record. One team will earn their first league win. In their two league losses, Lynwood was defeated by Dominguez two weeks ago, October 5th, 29-17 and by Paramount last week, October 12th, 47-7. Despite their two league losses, the Bears can still qualify for the C.I.F. Southeast Division playoffs. The Bears must win their remaining three games against Lynwood, Paramount and Gahr, respectively. If the Bears can do this, they will earn a playoff spot. I am certain that is what Coach Jimenez is telling his team as they prepared for their game this week. The Bears are playing a three game season and that they control their own destiny. The Bears must, however, play more consistently in all three phases of the game. The Bears have shown, in streches, that they can compete with some of the area's best talent. Sustaining play for 48 minutes is the key for these last three league games. Winning streaks start with one and this must have been the focus for the Bears this week. If the Bears are going to win this evening, Zaahid Summerville and/or Michael Vega need to manage the game and not turn the ball over. Daryl Donerson needs to rush for 100 yards and Michael San Angelo needs to make big plays on the outside to stretch the Lynwood defense. Bears special teams need to cover well and not allow a punt or kickoff return for a touchdown and make Lynwood earn every yard they get. The defense must play smart, wrap up, gang tackle and keep the play in front of them. The Bears cannot get frustrated and draw unnecessary penalties. If the Bears can do these things better than Lynwood, the Bears will win this all important league game and keep their playoff hopes alive.
********** Published: October 18, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 27