JV gridders end league; frosh take Almont title

by Jennifer Cortez & Raylene Guzman

photo taken by Raylene Guzman

In their final Almont League game, the JV gridders were defeated, 42-24, yesterday by the Bell Gardens Lancers.

The gridders had a bye Oct. 18, after facing the Montebello Oilers Oct. 11, when they were defeated, 21-18, at home.

“We recover from losses by learning from them. We find out what we did wrong in the game fundamentally and mentally,” said sophomore Godwin Segarra, running back.

The Spartans had a bye Oct. 4, after their victory, 26-12, in a Sept. 27 home game against the Alhambra Moors.

“From the very start of our season in the summer up until now, we have improved drastically. As a team we have become faster and stronger, but most importantly we’ve become mentally stronger and we did it together,” said sophomore Felipe Robledo, offensive guard. “We need everyone to work together in order to play effectively. We need everyone, to ensure we are the very best version of ourselves. We have truly come a long way to become a unit. . . to become one. Not only have we become a team, but a family.”

The freshman gridders won the Almont League title after defeating the Lancers, 42-0, yesterday at home. They defeated the San Gabriel Matadors, 50-0, in an away game Oct. 18. The Spartans were also victorious against the Oilers, 40-0, in an away game Oct. 11.

“After coming back from a loss or bad game, we just have to look back at it. We look at the positive along with the negative aspects of our game. From, there we just learn from our mistakes and carry on,” said Jesse Preciado, freshman quarterback.

The gridders received a win Oct. 4, after the Mark Keppel Aztecs forfeited. The Spartans also defeated the Moors, 42-0, in a home game Sept. 27.

“I’m very happy with the season so far. We’ve been working very hard since the summer and have been able to reach most of our goals, one of them being winning a league title,” said Steve Estrada, freshman head coach. “ And it has a lot to due with our preseason. It was just a learning phase for our team. We made adjustments and now during our league play, we have 40-point leads. That’s right, we were able to go undefeated this season.”

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