Chino Hills has been a thorn in Bishop Amat football's side for the last three years. The Huskies won last year's meeting and their record against Amat stood at one win, one loss and one tie. This year's meeting was a different story as the Lancers pulled out that thorn Friday with a resounding 63-28 victory.
How efficient was the Lancer offense? Their first punt came in the fourth quarter as Amat was led by Torreahno Sweet's five touchdown performance—all in the first half. The offensive line gave Sweet holes to score from inside the five yard line on four occasions. He also broke one for a 17 yard score.
The evening's contest had the potential of being a shootout as Chino Hills' running back Grady O'Donnell scored on two big runs to keep the Huskies within striking distance in the first quarter. But Amat's defense had key stops and the offense took over from there.
Receiver Tyler Vaughns is playing at a scary level at the moment, scoring once on a 34 yard pass from Damien Garcia. It seems that every time he touches the ball, the potential of a big play is there. Not only does he run precise routes and is equipped with a great set of hands, but Vaughns' ability to run after the catch is something to behold. He also put on a display of his afterburners on kick and punt returns as well, taking one kickoff 83 yards to set up an Amat score.
The Lancers are operating at high efficiency, even without stalwarts like Trevon Sidney, Mathew Brayton, Andrew Vasquez, and Kai Higgins on the field.
League starts next Friday with Notre Dame coming into Kiefer Stadium.
Will all the Lancers be healthy by then? Will they continue to be efficiently confident? Will Vaughns put on another football clinic? Will the student section Dog Pound put on another great show? The answer to the last question is a definite yes. The other answers will have to wait until next Friday.
Stay tuned, because Amat football is still the best ticket in town!
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.