Ivan Vigil runs with ball, with Whittier defenders close behind in Friday’s varsity opener. (Photo by Diana Ramos)

Whittier beats Cardinal Varsity in Friday home opener

September 16, 2009
Coach says offense unable to find rhythm
Penalties and mistakes plagued the Cardinal offense Friday night, as the varsity lost to Whittier Christian 37-30. Santa Paula scored early in the first quarter when Randall Hernandez blocked a Whittier punt and recovered the ball in the end zone for a TD. The Whittier Heralds answered a short time later with their first score.Santa Paula’s Esteban Magana intercepted a pass early in the second quarter and scored a second TD for the Cardinals. Santa Paula got another three points later in the quarter on a field goal kick by David Ortega. Whittier then fumbled the kick off and Ortega kicked the ball for another field goal. As the clock ran down in the half, Magana intercepted another pass and ran it 60 yards for a touchdown.Santa Paula went into the halftime break with a 27-14 lead. Coming back after the break Ortega got another three-point kick and that was the end of scoring for the Cards. Whittier found their second wind and scored three more TDs and two field goals over the second half for the win.“I thought we played well defensively,” said Cardinal Head Coach Teohua Sanchez. “Coach (David) Reyes had an excellent game plan.... Unfortunately, the offense was unable to find any rhythm at all. We did not play well and our inability to score touchdowns in the red zone came back to haunt us. I take full responsibility for the offense. Kicker David Ortega had an excellent night kicking.”
Santa Paula’s Moises Magana led the team in rushing with 54 yards. Martin Pulido had 35 yards on the ground. Ivan Vigil recorded 34 yards rushing while quarterback Kameron Klein rushed for 27 yards.Santa Paula travels to Canyon High School Thursday for a 7:00 p.m. contest with Golden Valley High.

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