(Above left) Bobby Luna (#8) takes the ball for the Cardinal JV in their Friday win. The Cardinal JV played hard and well and came away with a 14-7 victory, their first of the season. (Right photo) Fabian Amezcua (#3) carries the ball for a gain against Villanova Friday night.

Villanova Prep overpowered by Cardinal Varsity & JV Friday night

September 19, 2007
Coach says, “We’ll be ready for Friday”
Repeated interceptions of Villanova passes helped Santa Paula’s 28-13 winning effort Friday night. Quinn Pawlick started at quarterback for the Cards and was hitting his target repeatedly. He threw a pass to T.J. Cushing late in the first quarter for the first Cardinal Touchdown of the evening. Cushing, Pawlick and Ernie Ayala all intercepted the ball during the evening. Pawlick intercepted the ball in the second quarter and ran about 65-yards for another Cardinal TD. With 6:30 left in the quarter Santa Paula led 14-0.The only negative of the evening were several Cardinal fumbles. Fortunately Villanova didn’t capitalize on the mistakes. Santa Paula’s third and fourth TD’s came from Martin Ramirez, one in third and another in the fourth quarter.Villanova finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter, scoring early in the period and again with just under a minute left in the game.“It was great to play in the friendly confines of Jones Field,” said Coach Ed Gomez. “We played well enough to win, but we made far too many mistakes. We turned the ball over too many times and had some penalties that were not real smart plays. We will not be able to make those kinds of mistakes in league play and be able to win. We will clean those up in practice, and be ready to compete against Hollywood (1-2) this Friday.”Gomez noted that Cushing, Pawlick, and Ayala all had interceptions. “The defensive line did a great job of pressuring the QB to get some of those balls thrown,” Gomez added. “Those interceptions don’t happen without everybody doing their job. Offensively we ran the ball effectively, and were more efficient in our pass game, but the fumbles just took away momentum and field position in the second half. It’s nice to be 2-0, but we know there is a lot of work to do.”
Gomez said that a special thanks goes out to Principal Paul Marietti for announcing the game on Friday. “He did an outstanding job despite the fact that the sound system was not very cooperative,” Gomez said. “We are going to get that fixed ASAP.”This Friday’s home game with Hollywood High starts with JV action at 4:00 p.m. The varsity plays at 7:00 p.m.

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