WhittierDailyNews.com: St. Paul moves to 3-0 with 31-8 rout
By Bob Daily, Correspondent
Posted: 09/23/2011 11:41:43 PM PDT
LOS ANGELES - With a dominant passing attack in the first half and an overpowering rushing attack in the second half, visiting St. Paul High School remained unbeaten at 3-0 with a 31-8 nonleague victory over Garfield on Friday night.
The Swordsmen offense was led by quarterback Paul Telles, who completed 6 of 11 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns, both to Zach Ramsay, totaling 136 yards.
In an explosive first half, long pass plays were instrumental as the Swordsmen led at the break 17-0.
Midway through the first quarter, during a St. Paul drive, Telles completed a 53-yard pass to Andrew Garcia to the Garfield 10-yard line.
Four plays later, Alex Saavedra kicked a 28-yard field goal to give the Swordsmen a 3-0 lead.
On St. Paul's next play from scrimmage, after forcing a Garfield punt, Telles completed a 58-yard pass play for a touchdown to Ramsay.
Midway through the second quarter, Telles connected with Ramsay again, this time on a 78-yard touchdown pass to make it 17-0.
On Garfield's final possession of the first half, the Bulldogs drove to the St. Paul 7 in a drive highlighted by a 33-yard pass from Cleo Session to Steven De La Torre. The drive ended when St. Paul's Kevin Romo recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchback.
St. Paul scored on its first two possessions of the second half as running backs Marcus Garcia and Paul Echeverria constantly gained yardage behind the offensive line of center Sergio Lizarraga, guards Eric Sanchez and Saavedra, and tackles Cristian Garcia and Paul Governale.
Echeverria scored the touchdowns on runs of 5 and 1 yards.
With a 31-0 lead, St. Paul substituted for its starting defense midway through the fourth quarter.
Garfield (0-4) capitalized with an 80-yard touchdown pass play from Nicky Peralta to De La Torre.
Leading the St. Paul defense were linebackers Nick Downs (seven tackles) and Romo (six tackles) along with linemen Josh Salazar, Chris Martin and Jonathan Gravinni.