Los Angeles High Fall Short of CIF State

CIF State Division 2A Regional High School Football Los Angeles High Romans vs Sierra Canyon Trailblazers game action at Granada Hills High on December 10, 2016 (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Granada Hills, CA, – Experience pays off for Sierra Canyon Trailblazers who defeated the Los Angeles Romans 21-6 in a defensive battle at John Elway Stadium Saturday night.


Sometimes it pays to do something a second time, for Sierra Canyon who pulled from last year one point heart break away from playing in the state final as their inner power.


“Feels good I’m so proud of these kids,” said Jon Ellinghouse Sierra Canyon head coach “We worked through some adversity, but we had a great mindset this year.”


Sierra Canyon never trailed in this game after scoring in the first quarter on a short field after a questionable personal foul from a big hit on the punt returner. Leo Gomez hauled in a 13 yard touchdown pass from Johnathan Hawkins.


This game was a true defensive battle with few breaks along the way, the score was 7-6 going into the fourth quarter. These two teams lived up to the hype for three quarters.


By the fourth quarter the fans, players, and coaches boiling point was reached due to lack of calls by the officials throughout the game.  But in any game bad calls, no calls are bound to happen due to human error and lack of instant replay.


“There’s no reason to be crying or holding your head down sometime extenuating circumstances that we can’t control,” said Eric Scott LA High head coach “Our Job is to play football and you guys did that ….. there are whole lot of teams that didn’t get to play tonight.”


As in life you always have two outcomes you win or have opportunity to learn (teachable moments), we just don’t always teach like coach Scott did..


Sierra Canyon running back Bobby Cole was slowed down but kept grinding to the end. Cole broke through in the fourth quarter with a 3 yard touchdown and the breathing room they needed 14-6 in fourth quarter 9:45 left in the game.


“O-Line (offensive line) really got after it today,” said Cole ” Came out and established dominance.”


Now Sierra Canyon will have week to rest up and heal their wounds and be ready to play at Hornets Stadium in Sacramento CA verses Serra (San Mateo, CA) at noon.

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