Varsity football loses Homecoming game

Varsity football was defeated by Chino 13-63 in the annual Homecoming game Friday, Oct. 7, and dropped to 0-1 in league.

Wide receiver senior Willie Morris led the way for Chino by scoring three out of the nine touchdowns. Wide receiver junior Andres Sais scored a touchdown with two receptions for 87 yards and tight end junior Andres Solano scored a six yard touchdown.

“The offense took a while to get started,” free safety senior Cameron Walker said. “It was really about who wanted it more but once we got moving it was successful toward the end. No doubt about it, we are going to learn from this and get after [the win] again.”

The game started with Chino quarterback senior Angel Herrera connecting with a pass to Morris for 35 yards, and then a rushing touchdown by Morris to put the Cowboys up, 6-0. Three fumbles from the Mustang offense led to two more Chino touchdowns, giving the Cowboys a lead of 21-0 after the 1st quarter.

A minute into the second quarter, Chino scored a 42 yard touchdown pass from Herrera to Morris, increasing their lead 27-0. The Mustang offense struggled with only one completed pass in the quarter, a fumble and two punts. Chino scored one more touchdown to extend their lead to 35-0 at the end of the first half.

“The attack didn’t go as well as we planned. We planned to score 21 points in the first half to get an early lead on them. This defense was vulnerable and we didn’t take advantage of that,” cornerback senior Isiah Hall said. “We know that we need to step up our defense because of these tough offenses in this league. We need to work more on our run defense and limit rushing yards.”

Entering the third quarter, the Mustangs continued to struggle with a rushing touchdown from senior running back Daniel Pena to extend the Chino lead 41-0. Chino extended their lead with another touchdown from Morris’s 70 yard punt return, ending the third quarter with a score of 49-0.

“We just need to get after it,” Walker said. “[We need to] stop doing our own thing and just start listening to the coach’s plan.”

“The focus during the game is getting better from the beginning of the season,” Hall said. “There are less fumbles and off sides and we never give up no matter what the score is.”

Late in the fourth quarter, Walnut scored with a six yard completion from junior quarterback Nick Aviles to Solano, who entered the game, and changed the score 49-7 after the extra point. Even with a 64 yard reception touchdown from quarterback sophomore Jared Arellano to Sais to make the score 56-13, the Cowboys still tacked on another touchdown at the end of the game, ending the game 13-63.

“It was a tough loss. Both sides of the ball didn’t execute as planned and it hurt us a lot,” fullback senior William Argueta said. “We’re going to create a new game plan that is more effective for Los Altos and actually execute it.”

By Andre Alvarez, Staff writer
Photo by Austin Lam