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'SEGAL's View From The Bleachers': Matadors Get Run Over And Silvas Having Great Season

  • By Shel Segal
SGfootball1XSAN GABRIEL - Talk about getting the wind knocked out of you.
The San Gabriel High football team gave up 244 total yards in the first quarter alone and gave up five touchdowns while committing three turnovers in that same quarter and got smashed by visiting San Dimas High, 59-6, on Sept. 16 in a CIF Southern Section nonleague game.
The Saints scored on seven of their first eight possessions en route to their huge victory.
San Gabriel coach Jude Oliva said the Matadors just got overwhelmed by San Dimas.
"They outcoached us," Oliva said. "They outplayed us. It's a humbling experience for us. We knew coming in they're good offensively. They're good defensively. They executed well. We just got to get better."
San Gabriel's lone bright spot came midway through the fourth quarter when backup quarterback Andy Guerrero scored on a three-yard touchdown scamper. That score was set up a play earlier by a long reception from Guerrero to Alex Villalobos.

ONE REASON THE Don Bosco Technical Institute football team has been doing so well is because of the play of its main running back SilvasXsenior Johnathan Silvas. In his second year on varsity, Silvas has rushed for several hundred yards in the Tigers' first four games.
Silvas said he learned a lot about the game last year by just watching.
"The first year was more my preparation year," Silvas said. "I did a lot of observing of the other running backs. I made sure I understood the plays so I don't make too many mistakes."
Silvas is hoping to go out of state to attend college and would like to study business economics. But for now, he's just enjoying his time on the gridiron.
"The offensive line has been great," he said. "They've created holes. The fullbacks have been making great blocks."
But he added the entire team is playing well.
"We've been working hard over the offseason in the weight room, doing conditioning," he said. "The passing game has really been setting up the running game."
In addition, Silvas said he thinks his team can do well once league season starts.
"We're looking forward to winning Camino Real League and going to the postseason," he said. "So far, we're looking like we're going toward that."
He also said coach Chris Shockley has been a major force in helping him with his football ability.
"He's a great coach," Silvas said of Shockley. "He's always on me, making sure I'm hitting the holes hard. He's tough, but he gets it through to me."

ROSEMEAD AND San Gabriel are participating in the inaugural Mission Cross Town Classic football game on Friday at San Gabriel SGfootball2XHigh School. The winner of the challenge will play for the newly created "Railroad Spike Trophy," designed with railroad spikes donated by the Alameda Corridor - East Construction Authority.
Each school's athletic programs will each receive $3,500, which is being donated by Consolidated Disposal Services.
"The purpose of this football game, which I hope becomes an annual event, is to build an understanding that there is one Rosemead," said Rosemead Mayor Steven Ly. "Everyone wins in the football challenge. Both schools will receive funding for their athletic program through the generosity of Consolidated Disposal Service. Additionally, the winner of the challenge wins possession of a unique trophy, which will be engraved with the winning team's name each year. As with any friendly rivalry, the winning school gets bragging rights."
San Gabriel High has a student population that consists of approximately 80 percent Rosemead residents and Rosemead High's student population includes 75 percent Rosemead residents.
"This is a great chance to bring together students who are Rosemead residents but attend schools in different cities," said Larry Cecil, Rosemead High principal.
Jim Schofield, San Gabriel High principal, agreed: "Our athletes also feel fortunate to be receiving funding for much needed equipment. Our students are very excited about the football game and I look forward to strengthening our relationship with the Rosemead community."
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