To quote Chaucer, "All good things must come to an end." Such was the case Friday night when the Bishop Amat Lancers went down in defeat to the professional high school football team from St. John Bosco, 63-10 in a CIF semi-final contest.
The Lancers could never get the offense on track as the Braves took an early 21-3 lead at the end of the half. Once the Lancers were forced to go away from the running game, the end was nigh.
And that undoing came in a third quarter from hell when the Braves were able to score on two successive defensive plays; first off a fumble recovery, then on an interception on a failed double pass to go ahead 42-3.
The few bright spots for the Lancers on this Black Friday: Torreanho Sweet can run the ball with the best of them. Sweet still managed to pound out 131 yards and score the Lancers only touchdown to finish his record breaking season. Defensive lineman Aaron Maldonado (only a sophomore) is a great pass rusher who should be giving opposing quarterbacks nightmares for the next two years. Damien Garcia proved his toughness as a quarterback while being swarmed by the Braves blitzing linebackers.
The season also ended for this post-game crew. Photo courtesy of Lauren Bernal.
Not sure what they are putting in the water in Bellfower to make it such a hotbed of "homegrown" talent, but Bosco must be commended for developing a team that would make a college football recruitment program proud.
While the game proved to be a tough way to end a great season, the Lancers can hold their heads high. The team put the fun in football fundamentals and have always been a class act in representing their community.
Good luck to all the Lancers who finished their Lancer football careers Friday night. They will have great memories of a great season. For the returning players, Amat will shine.
Hugo is a contributing writer to the ConceptuaLine blog and an accomplished copywriter in both English and Spanish. Catch him on Friday nights supporting Lancer football.