Whiten, along with red-shirt freshman Josh Herrera (La
Habra) have moved themselves ahead of the pack, after their performances
in the Falcons 26-23 Mission Conference win last Saturday. Whiten rushed
for 70 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns, while he also caught four
passes for 109 yards and another score. Herrera busted through for 131
rushing yards on 19 carries, as Cerritos improved their record to 2-0 on
the year, while the Hornets dropped to 2-1.
Cerritos will host a much-improved Golden West team at 7:00 p.m. The
Rustlers snapped a 34-game losing streak two weeks ago and are 1-2 on
the year. The Falcons have won seven in a row against Golden West and 11
of the last 12 meetings. Cerritos posted a 45-7 win last season.
The win over
Fullerton provided two storylines. In addition to both teams being
undefeated, Falcon head coach Frank Mazzotta was facing his younger son,
Casey, who serves as the Hornets defensive coordinator. Casey played for
his father for two seasons and even served as an assistant coach after
graduating from Brigham Young University.
struck first, as they took the opening kickoff and drove 72 yards on
five plays, with the big play being a 60-yard pass, which put the ball
at the Falcon 11-yard line. Cerritos rebounded with a long drive of
their own, but it stalled at the Hornet 23-yard line after the Falcons
failed to convert a fourth down.
On their next
possession, Herrera broke up the middle and scampered 68 yards, which
put Cerritos at the Hornet 10-yard line. Three plays later, sophomore
quarterback Mike Harrison (Mayfair) found red-shirt freshman Andrew
Harris (Long Beach Poly) in the corner of the end zone for a six-yard
touchdown. Freshman Adam Sonntag (Long Beach Millikan) converted the
extra point and Cerritos led, 7-6.
went on to score the next nine points, to take a 15-7 lead into the
half. On their first possession of the second half, Whiten took a screen
pass from Harrison and juked his way around five Hornets, two on
360-degree spins, and went in for a 66-yard touchdown. He gave the
Falcons the lead with 3:03 left in the third quarter when he scored on a
20-yard run. He appeared to be tackled by Fullerton's Jacory Bradford,
but he slipped away and broke to the outside, where he went into the end
zone untouched. After Sonntag booted the extra point, Cerritos held a
Fullerton wasn't done, as they took over possession of the ball at the
Falcon 48-yard line to start the fourth quarter. After two long runs,
Hornet quarterback Brian Bartczak connected with Terrance Moore for a
13-yard touchdown. After a two-point conversion, Fullerton regained the
defense stiffened, and shut down the Hornets the rest of the way. As for
Whiten, he wasn't done yet. On the seventh play of their next
possession, Whiten capped off a 49-yard rive by scoring from nine yards
out. The big play of the drive was a 22-yard pass from Harrison to
Harris on third and five. After the touchdown, Whiten was called for
excessive celebration after spinning the ball in the end zone. That
moved the extra point back 15 yards, and Sonntag's attempt hit the
able to drive down the field after giving up the score, but sophomore
free safety Charles Allgood (Washington) picked off Bartczak at the
Falcon five-yard line and
attack of Herrera and Whiten alternated rushed to help run out the
clock. The duo accounted for three first downs on the drive, which
secured the team's win.
a solid game, as he completed 21-of-33 passes for 290 yards and two
scores. Harris caught seven of those passes for 81 yards, while Whiten
and sophomore Chris Chatman (Tustin) each had four receptions.
Allgood turned in his best performance of the Falcon career against the Hornets. Along with his two interceptions, he added nine solo tackles and knocked down two passes. Sophomore linebacker Rajaee Barnett (Downey) added seven tackles, including two for loss, while sophomore defensive linemen Joe Oniwar (Bellflower) and Chris Eagen (Pacifica) combined for five tackles for loss.
Whiten Leads Cerritos to Victory
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