Garden Grove Journal
It may not be the oldest or or most even rivalry, but it’s one of the most interesting.
When Pacifica hosts Garden Grove Friday night at Bolsa Grande High School, it will be the 38th time the Mariners and the Argonauts meet on the football field. Long-time rivals in the Garden Grove League, the two teams are in separate leagues now, but have kept the cross-town rivalry going with non-league games.
The series started in 1966, and Grove won the first four contests. Pacifica grew into a football power in the Seventies and Eighties and now leads the series 24-13.
The last Argo win was in 2001, but since both schools have usually featured strong teams and have big fan followings, the contest usually attracts more than the usual attention for a pre-league clash.
Both teams come into the game with 1-1 records.
Here’s a look at the Week Two for teams in the Garden Grove-Stanton-Westminster area.
A second half rally fell short as Garden Grove lost 37-30 to Woodbridge Friday night at Irvine Stadium.
The Argonauts (1-1) trailed 24-7 at one point but pulled to within one touchdown before time ran out. Grove was led by quarterback Angel Martinez, who threw for 218 yards and one touchdown. C.J. Del Real was somewhat more contained than in last week’s win over Westminster, being held to 47 yards. He did, however, score two touchdowns for the Argonauts.
The Warriors (2-0) were led by Austin DeFreitas, who ran for two scores and 277 yards.
In a festival of scoring Friday night at Estancia High School, it was the La Quinta Aztecs who celebrated in the end. The Aztecs (1-1) prevailed 36-35 over Calvary Chapel of Santa Ana.
Don Tran ran for three touchdowns and 138 yards to lead the blue-and-gold to the win. Ardle Tenorio rushed for 116 yards and one TD; Vincent Dihn ran for 148 yards and another score.
La Quinta will next be in action Thursday at Garden Grove Stadium hosting University High of Irvine.
A fourth quarter surge lifted the Santiago Cavaliers to a 19-7 win over Orange Friday night at Garden Grove Stadium.
The game was deadlocked at 7-all through three quarters. The Cavs (1-1) went up 13-7 when Jesse Echuary recovered a fumble in the Panther end zone for a TD. Santiago settled the issue with a 50-yard scoring pass from Richard Sagastume to Kevin Salazar.
Sagastume also ran for a 43-yard score. He finished with 207 yards rushing and 35 through the air. Orange (1-1) was led by Aaron Aguilar, who rushed for 61 yards, including a 4-yard scoring run.
Santiago is next in action Friday against Santa Ana at Santa Ana Stadium. Orange will next visit Savanna Friday night at Glover Field in Anaheim.
The Westminster Lions scored first and last but it wasn’t enough as the hosts lost 21-14 to Marina Friday night in a non-league football game.
Westminster quarterback Steven Anderson (104 yards passing, 35 rushing) put the Lions up 7-0 with a 1-yard run in the first quarter. He also threw a TD pass to Myron Aiava in the fourth quarter. But that wasn’t enough to make up for the three Viking scores in between.
Nathan Juarez added 96 yards rushing for the Lions (0-2), who next play on Friday hosting Don Bosco Tech.
A strong first half was followed by a forgettable second half as the Magnolia Sentinels lost 51-12 to Buena Park Thursday night at Glover Stadium in Anaheim.
The Sents trailed only 14-12 at halftime but went scoreless after that as the visiting Coyotes struck for 37 unanswered points.
Magnolia (0-2) was led by Alex Zendjas. Next up for the Sentinels is another non-league game Thursday against Kennedy.
Western’s offense, no-shows in two close wins, was again absent Friday night as the Pioneers suffered their first loss of 2012.
Lafaele Masaniai ran for 220 yards and one touchdown as WHS fell 34-7 to Corona del Mar at Handel Field in Anaheim. The Pioneers, now 2-1, will seek to get back on track Thursday when they visit Anaheim High at Glover Stadium.
The Colonists are 1-1 after defeating Santa Ana 17-7 last week.
The Pacifica Mariners squared their record at 1-1 with an impressive 40-21 win over Millikan High Friday night in Long Beach.
A five-touchdown passing performance by quarterback Nick Howard gave the visitors from West Garden Grove a 33-0 halftime lead. Howard passed for scores of 5, 10, 15, 10 and 24 yards. Jeremy Lawrence caught the first two TD passes.
Howard finished with 140 yards passing. Michael Gehres led the Mariner ground attack with 64 yards. He also caught a 10-yard scoring pass from Howard.
The Mariners will host district rival Garden Grove Friday night at Bolsa Grande Stadium.
In a high-scoring contest Saturday at Segerstrom High, the Bolsa Grande Matadors outlasted the Saddleback Roadrunners and won 35-32.
The Mats (1-1) won thanks largely to a strong ground attack, as Jarrod Feuer ran for 117 yards and Michael Marquez for 122 yards. It was a game of turnovers as the Mats fumbled the ball away twice. But the home team turned the ball over three times on two fumbles and one interception.
Bolsa is back on the field at home Friday when they host Century (1-1).
Los Amigos was edged 18-17 Saturday by Loara in a non-league football game at Glover Stadium in Anaheim.
The Lobos lead 10-6 going into the final quarter, but couldn’t get past a late Saxon rally. Jerry Saldivar ran for 199 yards for the Lobos (1-1), and Alexis Ocegeuda threw for 122 yards.
Los Amigos will seek to get back on track Friday against Costa Mesa (1-1) at Orange Coast College.