Prep Impressions: Week 10-A

Eastvale Roosevelt senior QB Andrew LaBruna (left) and head coach Tony Barile finished the '15 regular season with a 27-24 win. / Photo for RooseveltFootball.net

Eastvale Roosevelt senior QB Andrew LaBruna (left) and head coach Tony Barile finished the ’15 regular season with a 27-24 win. / Photo for RooseveltFootball.net

I covered the Eastvale Roosevelt-Corona Santiago varsity football game on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, for The Press-Enterprise, pe.com & PEcom_preps, and came away thinking it was the most intense game I’ve seen this season.

Whether it the playoff implications or the parity, tension mounted between the teams in a close game.

Neither distinguished itself in the first half, but Roosevelt took a 10-7 lead into the break after converting an interception from Sean Bowden into a quick seven points after Chase Williams turned a snap swing pass into a 30-yard TD.

The Mustangs (3-7 overall, 2-3 Big VIII) took a 14-point lead early in the fourth quarter but needed a 33-yard field goal from kicker Dante Heredia in the final three minutes to seal the win.

The Sharks (4-6 overall, 2-3 Big VIII) scored twice in the final 7 minutes to make it close, getting scores from both QBs Jacob Hennie and Alex Sandoval, respectively, but Jacob Roberts’ last-ditch pooch kickoff attempt was recovered by Roosevelt’s Donald Hayes in the final seconds.

The win gets Roosevelt eligible for the playoffs, while the loss does not eliminate Santiago from postseason play. Both teams currently are part of a three-way tie for third place with Corona, and the Big VIII League’s final playoff spot will go to the highest rated team according to CalPreps.com.

POST-GAME QUOTE SHEET:
Eastvale Roosevelt head coach Tony Barile:
“I’m happy. I’m happy because we finished well. Our guys worked hard, and worked hard during the off-season. We’ve had a lot of adversity and we’ve overcome that adversity, and we finished well. We felt like (Santiago) crams the box really well so we felt like we had to get outside, and get after it, and I think we did a good job of that. I thought (Andrew LaBruna) did really well under pressure. He made some errant throws but I thought he made the right decisions. Thought he did a great job under pressure. He got pressure all night long, and he kept getting up. I thought he did a very good job. I’m going to tell them ‘Great win. I’m proud of you, and I’ll tell you all Saturday.'”

Corona Santiago head coach Scott Morrison:
“It’s very disappointing. It’s a tough deal. We played three pretty good teams that played well against us, but we have to play better. We didn’t execute, and when you don’t execute good things stop happening. We’ve had two guys (QBs) all year long, and we’ve just been trying to figure it out, and it’s been a little bit of a challenge because one guy gets hot then another guy gets hot. They’re both trying like crazy, and playing hard every week and we’re just trying to make sure we the right decision for both and, more importantly, for our team.”

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