The Playoffs have begun and our Lions were certainly ready for it. The St. Genevieve Valiants (7-2) came into town quite confident in showcasing the 40th most productive offense in all of California, but running into the Lions’ Den is always a dangerous task. The Lions, too, have a productive offense, ranked 10th in the state, but was slowed down to 400 yards total on this evening as they purposely slowed the game once in the lead.
With an injury to Paul Kalix, tight end Francisco Lopez moved to guard and, along with Travon Thomas, Issaac Berrera, Victor Andraca, and La’au Masaniai, the boys up front barely missed a beat allowing quarterback Noah Melbon time to throw for 10 completions in 13 attempts for 178 yards and touchdown passes to Joel Navarro and Malachi Mesa with one more just short to Chris Samilton.
The Lion defense came up big with a game of containment holding the Valiants inside and forcing many deflected pass along with an interception by Malachi Mesa and two defensive fumble recoveries. The secret to this night, however, was the Westminster (8-2) ground game as junior Christian Jaime rushed for 154 yards, four touchdowns and two 2-point conversions. Juan Rivera made two of his three extra-point attempts and the kicking team was superb in covering for Ricardo Cazares’ kick-offs and punts.
The Lions victory sends them to the San Gabriel Valley to play 9-2 Covina at 7:00 pm this Thursday, November 16, with the game to be held at Covina District Field. The journey will take 50 minutes, but the memories will last forever. Come join the pride.