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Red Zone Woes Continue For Aztecs

  • By Parimal M. Rohit
ALHAMBRA - 11/5/10 - The Mark Keppel High football team's offensive troubles in the red zone continued for another week, as Bell Gardens High defeated the Aztecs, 64-7, here at Aztec Field in a CIF Southern Section Almont League match up on Friday.

Keppel (0-9 overall, 0-4 in league) appeared to start the game on the right foot with an almost five-minute drive placing the team within 12 yards of the end zone. However, Aztec quarterback Tyler Takeshita failed to cross the first down marker on a quarterback keeper on fourth down, turning the football over to the Lancers (6-3, 3-1).

Two plays later, Lancer wide receiver Chris Gutierrez scored on an 80-yard touchdown reception pass from quarterback Josh Adame to give Bell Gardens an 8-0 lead with 6:47 remaining in the first quarter.

Bell Gardens would score three more times in the quarter to extend its lead to 29-0, including a 65-yard touchdown run by Gutierrez.

The Lancers would then extend the lead to 50-0 at halftime, which included a 65-yard punt return by running back Eduardo Rolon with 7:45 remaining in the half. With a running clock in the second half, Bell Gardens found the end zone once in the third and fourth quarters, respectively.

Keppel's only bright spot came about midway through the fourth quarter, when Nathan Max found the end zone for a special teams score on a 93-yard kickoff return with 6:30 remaining in the game.

However, Aztec coach Bobby Madrid was disappointed in his team's inability to score once in the red zone or to stop opponents from scoring on big plays.

"I thought we should've scored on that first drive, but it never fails - we always get stuck in that red zone," Madrid candidly said after the game. "We take some six minutes off the clock, we turn the ball over on downs, and then (the opponent) scores on two plays. We don't give the other team to work down field to score on us. We give up the big play right away, and that's been the story all season for us."

It is a season that is on the verge of coming to an end soon, as Keppel plays its final game of the 2010 campaign at home on Nov. 12 against Montebello High.

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