By Bre Flores – La Mirada HS Student
After losing star RB Johnny Hills and QB Kevin Dillman, back up RB Adam Carrasco ran for two TDS to lead La Mirada to a 28-21 victory over St. Francis.
“We all stayed fired up and just wanted to win it for Johnny and Kevin, we were going to stop at nothing,” Carrasco, who finished with 246 all-purpose yards, said.
Just three minutes into the game, La Mirada ignited the offense scoring back-to-back touchdowns on their first two possessions. QB Gerry Myres completed a pass to WR Dallis Shipp, who sprinted 58 yards to the end zone for a 7-0 lead. La Mirada extended the lead as Dillman dashed 38 yards for a 14-0 lead just 10 minutes into the game.
St. Francis then got on the board with a 12-yard TD pass from QB Jared Lebowitz to Joe Mudie to bring the score to 14-6, after St. Francis was unsuccessful on a two-point conversion attempt.
La Mirada then lost Hills for the game due to a serious ankle injury. Head coach Mike Moschetti said after the game, “I am unsure of how serious the injury is at this moment but Hills is in recovery at St. Jude’s hospital.”
After a La Mirada fumble, St. Francis lost QB Lebowitz, who was a little shaken up and had to be replaced by Tyler Gangi. Gangi led La Mirada to a field goal to cut the deficit to 14-9 and later took a 15-14 lead moving the ball 70 yards in just 20 seconds.
The injury woes continued to mount as La Mirada then lost Dillman due to a slight knee injury at the beginning of the third quarter.
“The team wasn’t going to give up hope when we lost our two players Johnny and Kevin, but we’re going to win the game for them and keep them in our prayers,” La Mirada QB Myres said.
With two key players out of the game, La Mirada regained the lead on a one-yard TD run by Adam Carrasco, for a 21-15 lead. After an interception in the fourth quarter, St. Francis tied the game at 21 on a TD reception with 9:08 left in the game.
But Carrasco then scored again on a 12-yard TD run to seal the 28-21 La Mirada win.