Varsity football loses against West Covina

Varsity football was defeated by West Covina 7-54 in their third league game of the season on Friday, Oct. 21 and dropped to 0-3 in league.

Running back senior Isaacc Rodriguez and running back sophomore Andrew Rodriguez both led the way for West Covina in scoring with two touchdowns each. Wide receiver Andres Sais scored the touchdown for Walnut.

“We started off strong, holding them on defense but little mistakes like not wrapping up on tackles led to the opposing touchdowns,” strong safety senior Ronald Wei said. “My mentality was just to get the ball back for my offense. We were still fighting to win, we don’t give up when we’re down.”

The game started with a one yard rushing touchdown from West Covina’s wide receiver senior Anthony Ramiro, putting them in the lead 0-7, but neither teams could score for the rest of the quarter.

Two minutes into the second quarter, West Covina quarterback senior Joseph Barcena connected on a 65 yard pass to wide receiver senior Anthony Parada that extended the Bulldogs lead 0-13. The Mustang struggles continued on offense with two fumbles that lead to three West Covina touchdowns, putting them 0-34 at the end of the first half.

“The first half was played a little more sloppy than we would have hoped,” outside linebacker senior Moses Barraza said. “It was because of this that we came back the second half hoping to have regained some of our form and vigor.”

West Covina Rodriguez started the third quarter with a seven yard rushing touchdown that extended the Bulldogs’ lead 0-41 with the conversion. With six minutes left, West Covina continued their streak after a one yard rushing touchdown from Rodriguez, ending the third quarter 0-47.

Late in the fourth quarter, Walnut scored a 58 yard reception touchdown from quarterback sophomore Jared Arellano to Sais, cutting the West Covina lead 7-54.

“Going into the rest of league with our current record, I just want the team to play their hardest and leave it all out on the field,” Barraza said. “I sprained my ankle [during the game], so if I don’t come back, I just want my brothers to play for me and make me proud.”

By Andre Alvarez, Staff writer
Photo by Jeffrey Tran