Gladiators in playoff hunt

October 06, 2010

Flag Football

La Cañada Junior Gremlins-Gold vs. Arcadia Indians (no score is kept): Bennett Oakes came out ready to lead the Gladiators on both sides of the ball in the team's third game of the 2010 season. Oakes, the Gladiator quarterback, completed a pass to Valentine Nunez in the third quarter for a gain of 10 yards, but the Gladiators were unable to score on the drive.

Oakes proved he was an all-around player, playing strongly on defense, pulling a flag, coming up with an interception and batting down an Arcadia pass. There were plenty of other defensive standouts as well, as Nathan Lee notched an interception, Angel Martin pulled a flag and Nunez pulled two. Dylan Luper cemented himself as a pillar of the Gladiators defense, pulling five flags against Arcadia.


Tackle Football

La Cañada Gremlins 36, Arcadia 0: The Gremlins improved to 1-2 after an impressive victory against the Arcadia Indians.

The Gladiators offense was led by a running-back committee consisting of Mitchell Espinosa (seven carries for 15 yards and a touchdown), Thomas McConnell (seven carries for 52 yards and a two-point conversion), Elijah Washington (nine carries for 118 yards and three touchdowns — two rushing and one receiving), Adam Crawford (eight carries for 66 yards and a touchdown) and Charlie Rocca (five carries for 32 yards).

Tanner Gish distributed the ball for the Gladiators at quarterback, connecting with Washington on a 15-yard touchdown pass. Washington scored 22 points in the first quarter.

The Gremlins were no slouches on defense either, holding the Indians to 61 yards of total offense. Evan Estrada and Chris Wood each recovered fumbles for the Gladiators.

Chris Wood set himself up as the Gladiators kicker, converting two extra-point attempts, which are good for two-points each because of how rare they are at the Gremlin level.

La Cañada Junior Pee-Wees 25, Arcadia 0: The Junior Pee-Wees got their second-straight shutout, moving its record to 2-1.

The Indians received the opening kick-off and started from their own 44 yard-line. But they were unable to move the ball, as Jules Buenabenta and Jackson Totleben sacked Arcadia's quarterback twice in a row for a two four-yard losses. A tackle by linebackers Eli Chavez and Will McConnell on fourth down gave the Gladiators the ball at the Indians' 38-yard line.

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