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Rosemead Run Over By Rowland

  • By Lester San Jose
ROWLAND HEIGHTS - 9/17/10 - The Rosemead High football team's 48-14 loss to host Rowland High on Friday night was testament to Murphy's Law. From start to finish, whatever could go wrong went wrong.

The Raiders began the game's opening drive at their own 20-yard line, and ended it with an 80-yard pass from quarterback Michael Ball.

For the Panther defense, this would only be one of many pieces to a greater onslaught unleashed by the Raiders throughout the night.

The Panther offense, too, struggled mightily. In its second straight game of slow starts, workhorse Matt Fregoso couldn't get established early on, heavily illustrated in an early fumble recovered by the Raiders.

They capitalized immediately with an Eric Crawford 25-yard touchdown run.

Two Panther possessions were characterized by a three-and-out. And, as the offense picked up steam, a botched snap on a field goal attempt foiled another drive.

Following each, the Raiders capitalized, first with a 65-yard scamper by Ball, and then a 90-yard TD run by running back Danny McMahan.

Panther quarterback Matt Macias did end the game with a pair of touchdowns, and just one interception. But, the interception was unfortunately taken back for a touchdown.

He was also sacked twice while trying to mount a comeback, being down 35-7 in the first half. Additionally, it was tough for the Panthers (1-1) to sustain offense via the passing game for most of the game as Macias sailed passes over the heads of his receivers.

Fregoso did end the game respectably, with 134 yards on 33 carries for the night.

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