For the second straight week, Panther running back Matt Fregoso struggled to get going, garnering only 57 yards on 23 carries. But quarterback Matt Macias' three-touchdown performance proved the offense is capable of moving the ball in other ways if Fregoso can't get established.
Most importantly, Macias bounced back from his previous outing against San Gabriel.
When asked about his quarterback's performance, coach Matt Koeffler said, "Whether we were going to win or going to lose, he had such a bad game last week, we had to get him going."
Macias finished the game having completed 19 of 30 pass attempts, threw three touchdowns against just one interception. He also hooked up with receiver Steven San Miguel 11 times with a touchdown.
Temple City did get ahead with big plays on offense. Rams running back Joshua Simangusong had big-play runs early on - one of them being an 80-yard touchdown run. But the Panther defense bottled up the Ram running attack for most of the night.
Outside of those runs, the Rams picked up just a total of 48 yards on 21 carries. Their passing game also had big plays negated by timely penalties. Nonetheless, Rams quarterback Mikal Quintanilla made the most of his limited pass attempts, hitting receiver Andrew Anda for two touchdowns.
When it counted, the Panthers defense did its part, limiting Anda to one completion. That completion eventually put them in position to attempt a game-winning field goal - a kick that fell short, making Rosemead victorious in the end.