Catalina Island, October 6, 2016 – The Avalon Lancer Football team was on the road again last weekend, as we packed up and headed into The Valley for another two-hour bus ride to play Westmark High School, in Encino, on a blazing-hot fall day. Westmark is a new program and, while we prepared as we would for any team, this game felt as though it would not be quite the battle that we have encountered the past two weeks.
The scoring started early on a run by quarterback David Torres-Zeller, and Avalon quickly established a running game with Bryan Martinez and Mark Tamayo carrying the load for the Lancers. Both of these guys had great games and scored on runs of their own.
As the game progressed, we also opened up with some passing and Chris Alcala hauled in a nice pass for a touchdown. Carson Huncke, new to Avalon this year, has been working very hard and he made a significant impact on the offense this game. He showed his speed and skills at practice during the week and earned a shot to make something happen on the field when it was game time. Carson caught a couple of nice passes – one for a 15-yard gain, followed by a strong run into the endzone for a touchdown, his first catches and touchdown of the year. Congratulations Carson.
Playing another stellar game at defensive end was Jaime Alaniz racking up more sacks. He was supported on the line by Sergio Casillas, Gio Leyva and David Garcia all of whom dominated on both sides of the ball.
As we pulled ahead and the referees moved the game into a running clock, we were able to pull out some of the starters and the others players got some playing time. Emmanuel Amezcua, who has been working on special teams play, helped on offense and defense, and Alex Lira filled in on the line.
Alex, who is also new to Avalon this year, has been working exceptionally hard at practice to learn the footwork, skills and develop the strength that is needed to excel at football. He has been a testament to the fact that hard work pays off. Congratulations Alex, you have been an inspiration!
Patrick Sitzes came off of a knee injury to get his first playing time in three games. He played great and it was awesome to have him back on the field with us.
Also making their first appearances on the field this season were Tony Cervantes at center, Evelyn, Chavoya at end and Ulices Zavala on the line. Cristo Hernandez and Angel Silva both saw playing time at running back and Angel scampered in for a hard fought touchdown of his own.
We have a bye this week and the student/athletes have been focusing on the classroom as well as the field, attending study sessions in lieu of practice to stay on top of schoolwork. All of these kids sacrifice a lot of time and hard work to play football and the commitment that it takes puts a lot of pressure on them with their studies. They all are working overtime to stay on top of their academics as well as their athletics. The Avalon Lancer football coaches and players appreciate the parents and teachers for their support.
Next week’s game is at Saint Michael’s Prep, in Silverado, on Saturday, October 14, at 3:00 p.m. Details and directions are available from Athletic Director, Patti Engel Avalon Schools at 310 510-0790.