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SG Defense Beats Up Panther Offense

  • By Lester San Jose
SGRosemeadA2ROSEMEAD - 10/1/10 - The Rosemead High football team struggled to open running lanes for running back Matt Fregoso and lost, 48-20, to visiting San Gabriel High Friday night in a CIF nonleague game.

In addition, the San Gabriel defense took on the persona of its wide-open offense by scoring touchdowns off turnovers in the win.

SGRosemeadB2For Rosemead, Fregoso's 155-yard rushing performance on 34 carries is misleading because the majority of those yards coming from three double-digit runs of 70, 20, and 10 yards.

The Panthers offensive line couldn't create consistent running lanes for Fregoso throughout the night. Of the twenty-six carries going for three yards or less, seven accounted for lost yardage.

The inconsistent line play trickled into the rest of the Panther offense.

Despite leading, 14-6, in the second quarter, turnovers turned the game upside down for the Panthers. Quarterback Matt Macias struggled with his first pass attempt resulting in an interception, the first of two for the night.

Adding to his struggles were three lost fumbles taken back by San Gabriel for touchdowns, leading to Macias' subsequent benching in the third quarter. His backup Paul Cruz didn't fare any better with one interception thrown in a comeback attempt.

Rosemead's defense wasn't immune to the turnover bug, either as safety Andrew Gibson fumbled while running back an interception.

The Panther defense held the Matadors' spread attack in check early on, keeping it close until San Gabriel started its onslaught in the second quarter.

Matador quarterback Andy Guerrero led an air assault, completing 14 of his 21 passes, three for touchdowns.

The Matador offense couldn't get going in the first quarter, only scoring a touchdown with a missed extra point attempt. Things looked rather bleak with the Matadors being down 14-6 in the early moments of the second quarter. But that's when the defense took the game into its hands.

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