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Keppel Loses But Doesn't Quit

  • By Shel Segal
KeppelPhoto2ALHAMBRA - 9/24/10 - The Mark Keppel High football team might not be winning ball games. But there's one thing for sure: They never die.

"They're going to give us 48 minutes," Keppel coach Bobby Madrid said after the Aztecs lost Friday night to visiting Sierra Vista High, 42-12, in a CIF nonleague game that saw Madrid's team score its first touchdowns of the year despite falling to 0-4. "I refuse to go to a running clock. We need the experience. That's what we've been preaching all year. We've been putting the downs together. Tonight we were able to get one in the end zone."

After falling behind on the Dons' first play from scrimmage, giving up a 63-yard touchdown pass, the Aztecs put together their finest drive of the season.

The Aztecs marched 78 yards in 15 plays, taking more than seven minutes off the clock and got on the board when quarterback Tyler Takeshita got into the end zone on a 1-yard keeper for the team's first touchdown of the season in its fourth game.

Takeshita, a sophomore, had a rough night scrambling from the Sierra Vista (3-0) defense, but won the praise of his coach.

"Our quarterback is making great strides," Madrid said of Takeshita. "I'm so proud of his trying. He's made so many strides since the summer. I can't say enough about him."

Mark Keppel added another touchdown late in the fourth quarter on a fake punt play. The Aztecs will be playing at Mountain View High this Friday night at 7 p.m. to finish the preseason.

(Shel Segal can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .)

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