—First of Three Parts: History of the Game (Tues.), By the Numbers (Weds.), and Stars & Plays (Thurs.)—
(What is now called the “Mid Valley Classic” started way back when these schools were young, 1956, and very slowly turned into one of the best opening night features around. What follows is a recap of every game from 1956 through 2010. If you have something to add, please do. We always want to build on this great piece of local history.)
Game One: October 12, 1956 at Arroyo
The Knights Dale Trock goes over left tackle in the third quarter for the contest’s only score and a 6-0 Arroyo victory over Temple City in the schools first meeting…
Game Two: September 24, 1970 at Temple City
The two schools met for the first time in 14 years, and it wasn’t close. Larry Mushinskie scored twice as the Rams defeated Arroyo 27-0. TC defenders Joe Westphal and Jim Baumgarten lived in the Knights backfield and made life miserable for quarterback Chuck Hiroto. The victory, which also featured scores by fullback Bob Vargo and quarterback Ken Callas, was the sixth of eventually 46 for the Rams program.
Game Three: September 30, 1971 at Temple City
Mike Nanko ran for 106-yards on 23-carries and a touchdown as the Rams won their 19th straight (of 46 overall) in a 14-0 victory over Arroyo. TC quarterback Bill Wilson finished the scoring with short run in the fourth quarter.
It was the third meeting between the schools, and the third shutout.
Game Four: September 27, 1974 at Arroyo
The fourth meeting between the schools resulted in another shutout and a third straight Temple City victory. In the 20-0 win the Rams defense overcame five turnovers thanks to the inspired play of Dave Douglas, Bob DeAngelis, Jim Wetton, Eric Voge, and Paul Beakes.
Knights quarterback Jon Van Bogart was knocked from the game early as the offense sputtered for only 104-yards, (RB Bob Beltran 21-54yds).
TC was led by fullback Mark Wright’s two touchdowns, Rick Todd added another. Russ Ornelas rushed for 70-yards on 12-carries.
Game Five: September 26, 1975 at Temple City
Arroyo manages only 89-yards of offense, Temple City gets 155-yards from super soph Don Roberts and 122-yards along with three touchdowns from Mike sharp for a convincing 29-0 victory…and the series fifth consecutive shutout.
Rams quarterback Don Stockham connected with Chuck Alley on a 15-yard scoring pass, but it was the defense led by Bob DeAngelis, Eric Voge, and Mark Lineback that carried the evening.
Game Six: CIF 2nd Round: November 24, 1978 at Temple City
In the first post-season match between the schools one thing does change. It’s not a shutout. Still the Rams worked Arroyo for a 40-6 victory…Starring, as always, for TC was running back Mike Sharp and a defense headed by Dan Mikolasko, Xavier Lorenz, Gary Bronson, and Gary Riley.
Game Seven: September 12, 1986 at Temple City
Junior Mike Mooney ices the Rams 17th consecutive season opening victory with a three-yard run in the final 30 seconds for a 21-12 win over Arroyo. The Knights led in the fourth quarter, forging a 12-7 lead before Tim Vance put TC up for good on a nine-yard pass to Hani Alexander. Kevin Moore leads Temple City with 144-yards rushing.
Sophomore Willie Reyna makes his debut for Arroyo and connects with Armando Davila for 11-yards and a score.
The Knights go 12-2 and win CIF, the Rams run to 13-0 before losing in the CIF finals to Hart, 40-27.
Game Eight: September 11, 1987 at Arroyo
The Knights get their first win over the Rams in 31 years. New TC Coach Jim Walker’s debut is ruined as Paco Chavez catches two touchdown passes from Willie Reyna, and Mike Ayon adds another in Arroyo’s 20-0 win. Mike Mooney is held to 50-yards. The Knights return to the CIF finals before falling to Cajon. Temple City misses the playoffs, and suffers its first losing season since 1959.
Game Nine: September 9, 1988 at Temple City
Down late in the fourth, the Rams push 74-yards and reach the Knights six before TC’s Terry Fesler fumbles with 38-seconds remaining. Arroyo’s Raymond Pena recovers to secure the 13-6 win. Willie Reyna and Darren MacLellan both score for D.J. MacKinnon’s squad. Rams quarterback Kenny Mushinskie scores in the third on one-yard dive to close the gap to 7-6.
Game Ten: September 8, 1989 at Arroyo
Temple City blew a 14-0 halftime lead and a 21-17 lead (following Chris Antonio’s 92-yard kick-off return) with 9:24 to play in the fourth to fall to Arroyo, 24-21, for the third straight season. The Knights game winning drive covered 84-yards on 18-plays, 8:25 of clock, and ended when quarterback Cruz Alverado scored on a one-yard run, his second of the evening.
Rams quarterback Terry Fesler scored twice in the first half, and Arroyo took its first lead at the start of the fourth quarter on a 70-yard halfback option from Darren MacLellan to Freddie Martinez.
Game Eleven: September 7, 1990 at Temple City
The Rams snap a three game losing streak with a less than impressive 7-6 win over the Knights. TC holder Javier Ortiz recovered a bobbled snap went one way, then reversed his field to score from 13-yards out. Kicker Nick Tsivgas added the extra-point to give the Rams the lead with 8:05 remaining in the third.
Arroyo took a 6-0 lead with a minute remaining in the first half on D.J. Hoyt’s one-yard run, but the extra-point was missed by back-up kicker Ned Romero. The Knights defense sacked TC quarterback Terry Fesler four times.
For what its worth; In November 2008 Temple City beat Arroyo 7-6, on a missed extra-point in the first round of CIF playoffs at North Field.
Game Twelve: September 13, 1991 at Arroyo
Temple City won its second in a row over Arroyo, 13-0, thanks in large part to solid defense and a well managed offense run by senior quarterback Bob Sanchez. Sanchez, making his first career start, went 5-for-7 for 67-yards and connected with tight end Tony Aemmer for the game’s only touchdown from 23-yards out. Kevin O’Leary added a pair of short field goals to round out the scoring.
Defensively Rams defensive back Greg Flores picked off three passes to add to his total of eight the previous season. On the ground the Knights tandem of Keith MacLellan and D.J. Hoyt were held to a combined 42-yards.
Game Thirteen: September 11, 1992 at Temple City
The Rams Roberto Hern scored on a 19-yard run in the second quarter to give his team a 7-0 lead that lasted into the fourth quarter. Jorge Flores put the Knights on the board with a one-yard run but the extra-point was missed. Following a Tony Valenzuela fumble, recovered by Arroyo’s John Claypoole, Anthony Soliz, with 4:58 to play, scored the game winner on a 15-yard run. The dash was highlighted by Tim Maiorca’s block on TC corner Chad Larson.
The Knights 12-7 win was highlighted by a defense that held Temple City to just one first down in the second half. The game was the first for new Rams HC Gabe Soumakian. Soliz led all rushers with 76-yards on 11-carries.
Game Fourteen: September 10, 1993 at Arroyo
The Knights jumped to a 13-0 lead on Gabriel Agredano touchdown passes to Gabriel Gutierrez and Steve Hernandez, then the Rams offensive line took control. Powered by Mark Moreno, Mario Woizeschke, Isaiah Taulbee, Doug Feckert, and David Saensook TC scores the next four touchdowns for a 27-13 win.
Roberto Hern (101-yards rushing) struck paydirt twice first on a 11-yard pass from Rams QB Eric Britton, later on a 61-yard run. Britton also connected with Brian Vetrone and Eric McMurtrey closed it out with an eight-yard run.
Game Fifteen: September 9, 1994 at Temple City
Knights quarterback Gabriel Gutierrez went 18 of 22 for 257-yards and 2 touchdowns in Arroyo’s 35-28 win over Temple City.
D.J. MacKinnon’s squad fell behind 7-0 before utilizing its short passing game and taking a 21-14 lead at the half.
Brian Betts led TC with 89-yards on 12-carries and a score while the Knights were led by receivers Robert Ochoa (8-106-Td), and Sam Dang (5-96-Td).
Sophomore James Schneider (5-14-61-Td) started at quarterback for the Rams.
Game Sixteen: September 8, 1995 at Arroyo
It was the break out game for Knights legend Kenny Smith. The sophomore quarterback went 17 of 29 for 250-yards and brought his team back from a 21-10 fourth quarter deficit for the 24-21 victory.
However, redemption belonged to Arroyo running back Felipe Rivas. After fumbling three times in the first half, one leading to a 77-yard return for touchdown by Temple City’s Jeff Stubner, Rivas scored the game winner from a yard out by breaking through the TC line.
Brian Betts led the Rams attack and all rushers with 101-yards and two touchdowns.
Game Seventeen: September 13, 1996 at Temple City
The Rams win Mike DiFiori’s debut 17-6 largely on the legs of running back Carlos Morrell. The senior ran for 144-yards on 16-carries, including a 44-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
TC took the lead on Tim Luna’s 46-yard punt return in the first quarter. Arroyo’s Shaun Cozart scored on a six-yard run to start the second half, but the Knights missed the point after and still trailed 7-6 before Morrell went to the house on the next series.
James Schneider added a 32-yard field goal, Joey Novelli rushed for 70-yards on 17 attempts, and CIF’s number one ranked Arroyo fell.
Game Eighteen: September 12, 1997 at Arroyo
Trailing 21-14 in the third quarter before Kenny Smith ignites a rally, the Knights score the final 24-points and take a 38-21 decision from Temple City.
Smith finished 12 of 27 for 195-yards and two touchdowns, but it was receiver Sergio Perez’s seven catches for 130-yards and two scores that frustrated the Rams defense in the second half.
Junior tailback Jamil Frazier scored all three of the Rams touchdowns with runs of 52, 10, and 32-yards. He finished with 23-carries and 145-yards on the ground.
Irony came in 1997 for both schools. It was the last time TC would fail to make the playoffs, and the first time that had happened since 1987. For Arroyo it would mark D.J. MacKinnon’s last semi-final appearance, the Knights wouldn’t return to the final four again till 2004.
Game Nineteen: September 11, 1998 at Temple City
Knights running back Oscar Lopez scores from five-yards out, adds the deuce, and Arroyo earns a 29-22 victory over the Rams.
After falling behind 21-0 in the first quarter TC rallied when Greg Flammang returned a kick-off 98-yards for a touchdown. This was followed by a 37-yard field goal by Joe Phannongwa, a one-yard run by Adam Szamet, and a nine-yard run by Kevin Brown to put the Rams ahead 22-21 in the fourth quarter.
Knight scores came on a pair of touchdown passes to Sergio Perez from Tommy Duong and Manuel Torres’ 10-yard run. Torres finished with 117-yards on 19-carries. Brown led Temple City with 143-yards on 17-carries.
Game Twenty: September 10, 1999 at Arroyo
Eric Duenas 54-yard touchdown pass down the middle to Matt Vogel with 33-seconds left in the game exploited a break down in the TC secondary and gave Arroyo a 36-30 victory of Temple City in Mike Mooney’s debut as head coach.
The Rams led 30-21 in the fourth quarter using a power running game led by Kevin Brown’s 20-carries for 221-yards and three touchdowns. Brown scored on runs of 63, 12, and 22-yards.
Vogel, a sophomore, did much of the damage for the Knights scoring on a 89-yard kick-off return, a 20-yard halfback option pass to Willie Lopez, and of course the game winner.
Game Twenty-One: September 8, 2000 at Temple City
Rams fans had been waiting a long time for a passer and on this night Matt Malczynski made his first start a memorable one. The junior quarterback completed 11 of 18 passes for 205 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-10 rout of Arroyo.
Desmond Reed caught two for scores in the first half; one for 83-yards, the other for 32.
Herman Wagner ran the ball 20 times for 174-yards, including 75-yard sprint to paydirt and a 15-yard pass from Malczynski. Jimmy Brettl caught Malczynki’s final score in the fourth quarter.
The lone bright spot for the Knights was a 49-yard hook up between quarterback Steve Payne and running back Anthony Olivas.
TC’s Mike Mooney, on a night he got four touchdown passes from his quarterback, two scores from Reed, and the first win over Arroyo since 1996, gave the praise to his offensive line.
Game Twenty-Two: September 7, 2001 at Arroyo
“Wagner Runs Rams Over Knights 39-7”
Antonio Wagner (Herman’s brother) blows up Bergstrom with 143 rushing yards and three touchdowns, including a 95-yard kick-off return to start the second half.
“We expected that from him,” said TC’s Mike Mooney. “He’s a big strong kid, he runs fast and works hard.”
Wagner scored on a 23-yard run in the first quarter, took back the second half kick-off in the third, and sprinted 53-yards down the sideline in the fourth.
In between linebacker Nick Drazenovic returned a fumble 62-yards for a touchdown and Matt Malczynski threw touchdown passes to Karam Badawi and Desmond Reed.
Anthony Olivas scored Arroyo’s lone touchdown on a two-yard run in the second quarter.
“The big play on the kick-off return to start the second half did us in,” the Knights D.J. MacKinnon. “We did a lot of things right, be we got to learn, they’re a tough team to come right out of the gate to learn against.”
“The Legion of Doom” (Reed, Malczynski, Wagner) would lead Temple City to 11 straight wins before falling to Inglewood in the second round of CIF.
Game Twenty-Three: September 13, 2002 at Temple City
“It’s Knight-Time in Temple City”
Arroyo’s 12-play 74-yard drive taking six minutes off the clock and ending with Anthony Olivas four-yard run set the pace in a 16-14 victory over the Rams.
Great defense, long drives, and strong doses of Olivas, who rushed 39-times for 192-yards and two scores, told the story.
Defensively? The Knights limited the Temple City offense to just eight-plays, three-yards , and zero first downs in the first half.
Desmond Reed did return a kick-off 89-yards for a touchdown to keep things close, but it was never close. Arroyo answered with another long drive (12-plays, 72-yards) that ended with a 33-yard field goal by Andres Ramos.
Later in the season CIF, because of a clerical error by the Arroyo administration forfeited the win to Temple City.
“It will always count as a win in our records,” Knights coach D.J. MacKinnon said. The Mid Valley agreed and never took it away from them.
Game Twenty-Four: September 12, 2003 at Arroyo
“Deltiempo City Brings Down The Knights”
The Rams raced to a 28-0 halftime lead in Jim Singiser’s debut as Arroyo head coach and held on for a 28-14 win.
“I don’t think our players got the message that the game started at seven and not seven-thirty,” said Singiser.
Keying the TC cause was quarterback Donny Deltiempo, who threw for one, ran for one and constantly evaded defenders. Kenji Morinaga rushed for 93-yards on 20-carries for a touchdown. Tommy Bullock scored on three-yard run in the first quarter. Again Mike Mooney praised his offensive line led by Joe Badero and Mike McKinney.
For the Knights Raul Ramirez did most of the damage rushing for 119-yards and two second half scores on 20-carries.
Complaint Department: Believe it or not we received this complaint: “You spelled Temple City wrong in the headline.”
Game Twenty-Five: September 10, 2004 at Temple City
“All Aboard! The Knight Train”
A semifinal bound Arroyo looked sloppy at times in a 37-20 victory over the Rams.
Case in point the Knights got into the end zone three times on its first possession but the points only stayed on the board after the third try when Dominic Salmon went 16-yards to Eric Perez.
TC responded with Carlos Lopez’s 95-yard kick-off return to tie the score.
Arroyo’s Raul Ramirez made it 14-7 on a six-yard run, but Temple City tied the game when two defenders collided and Matt Lopez turned a short slant into an 86-yard score.
Late in the half the Knights took control and the win thanks to the play of Salmon (14-27-304-yards 3Tds), Ramirez (124-yards 2Tds), and Sergio Leon (5-catches 149-yards Td).
Game Twenty-Six: September 9, 2005 at Arroyo
“Arroyo Edges Temple City”
Five lead changes, big plays, made by big stars, but the Knights 21-17 win wasn’t as much a celebration as it was a relief.
“It was embarrassing; I don’t care what the score was. Our expectation level was way more than we saw out here. I would refund everybody their money,” said Arroyo coach Jim Singiser.
TC led 10-7 at the half thanks to a 10-yard pass from Ricky Arredondo to Dwight Broadnax, but it was Rickey Amaya’s 24-yard run with 2:47 remaining that gave the Knights the win.
Sergio Leon caught a 32-yard touchdown pass, returned a 43-yard interception for a touchdown, and added all the extra points for the victors. The Rams were led by Tsun Tsai’s 143-yards on 33-carries.
Game Twenty-Seven: September 8, 2006 at Temple City
“Dwight’s Knight, Broadnax Prince of the City”
Quite often, no one puts it better than Arroyo’s Jim Singiser did to his team after the Rams 35-14 win: “You got beat by a guy who played both ways all night, ran the ball over thirty times, played special teams, didn’t get hurt, didn’t tire, and was still playing hard at the end and he tore you a new one.”
Dwight Broadnax carried the ball 31-times for 227-yards for a touchdown and returned an interception 47-yards for another six.
TC’s Charles Kim returned a fumble 36-yards for the game’s first score, Broadnax made his one handed pick and took it back to make the score 14-0. Riley Saxon directed the offense on a 74-yard drive and before Arroyo could get off the floor they were down three touchdowns.
Game Twenty-Eight: September 7, 2007 at Arroyo
“Sotelo Boots Arroyo to Win”
The Knights Mike Sotelo kicked a 25-yard field goal with five seconds remaining to give Arroyo a 38-35 victory.
Late in the third Brian Partida connected with Jose Martinez for a 24-yard score that gave the Knights a 35-21 lead.
TC’s Williams Do would carry five defenders across the goal line with nine minutes to play to make it 35-28. Getting the the ball back at its 13 after stopping Arroyo, Morgan Hatch led the Rams on an 87-yard drive highlighted by a 28-yard pass to Joe Reasner and completed by Josh Willard’s third crash into the end zone on the evening.
Finally with 1:51 to play Brian Partida connected with Chris Rodriguez for 16-yards to set up Sotelo’s game winner.
Partida finished 18 of 27 for 229-yards and three touchdowns for Arroyo. Temple City’s Do rushed for 162-yards on 30-carries. On the winning drive Do sacked Partida.
Martinez returned the opening kick-off 93-yards for a touchdown (He also scored on a 60-yard bomb from Partida at the end of the first half).
“Hey 12-seconds into my coaching debut I’m down 7-0,” said TC’s Randy Backus after his first game.
Game Twenty-Nine: September 12, 2008 at Temple City
“Hatch Scratch Fever!”
Morgan Hatch fired four touchdown passes in the Rams 34-0 rout of the Knights. Gianni Bruno-Lopez caught the first for a 24-yard score in the second quarter. Joey Stewart caught the next on a three-yard toss. With 18-seconds left in the half he went 40-yards over the top to Lopez again and it was 21-0 at the break.
At the end of the third Hatch went 59-yards to Kenny Werner for his fourth touchdown. Max Ruckle, earlier, added a 13-yard scoring run and the win was complete.
“We gotta grow from it,” said Jim Singiser. “Like (Steve) Bogan said you can only call yourself young for about four weeks and you’re not young anymore.”
Game Thirty: November 21, 2008 at Temple City
The first playoff match up between the schools in 30-years was measured, carefully played, and far different than the season opener two months before. Morgan Hatch threw just one touchdown pass (of course to Gianni Bruno-Lopez) and the Rams held on for a 7-6 victory.
The Knights struggled offensively thanks to a TC defense that picked up sacks by Ryan Watkins and Nick Montenegro. Alex “Blackjack” Dunn recovered a fumble and Joey Stewart chimed in with 14-tackles to make life miserable for Arroyo freshman quarterback Steven Rivera.
Max Ruckle added 114-yards on the ground as Temple City would go on to victory the next week against Azusa, and extend its season into an unlikely semifinal appearance.
Game Thirty-One: September 11, 2009 at Arroyo
“Rodriguez Rescues Arroyo”
An eight-yard sack by Temple City’s Justin Sutton, the equivalent of last rites, was followed by an incomplete pass most thought a benediction and most were ready to embrace the end.
With less than thirty seconds remaining on third and technically 18, figuratively third and forever, and 93-full yards from the land of the living Arroyo quarterback Steven Rivera scrambled to his right. Chris Rodriguez went deep.
The sophomore southpaw uncorked his throw fifty yards down the middle of the field. The Knights Rodriguez won the jump ball against TC freshman Brandon Cox and scrambled the remaining distance to give Arroyo a 27-24 victory on Friday night in the “Mid Valley Classic”.
“It feels great,” said Rodriguez (6-catches 213-yards, 4 Tds). “I just wanted the ball. It was a little under thrown, but they coach us to come back to the ball. So I did.”
On the game’s first play from scrimmage Rivera used play action and single coverage on Rodriguez to go 74-yards for a touchdown.
The Rams Max Ruckle took the kick-off back 86-yards to even the score at seven on what is becoming a standard in this contest: a Temple City kick-off return for touchdown.
“We knew it was coming,” said Jim Singiser. “I didn’t know who was going to take it back, but I knew it was coming.”
Twenty-five seconds into the contest and there were already two touchdowns, the third would come after a five-play 65-yard drive when Rivera (10-21-244-yards 3 Tds) went 17-yards to Rodriguez.
Later in the second Rodriguez ran a reverse 35-yards to paydirt and it was 21-7.
Down 21-10 to start the third, Temple City went 67-yards on 11-plays with Ruckle running mainly to the right behind guard Matt O’Malley and tackle Sutton.
“You better mention O’Malley, Sutton, and Ruckle they are some of the best guys playing football,” said Singiser. “They would be an honor to coach.”
Ruckle (29-152, 2 Tds) capped it with a five-yard run.
As play moved into the fourth TC went on the march again. On first and ten at the Arroyo 24 Ruckle broke up field but fumbled after 10-yards. Players from both sides attempted to jump on the ball as it kept squirming into the end zone before Sutton landed on it and, with the point after, gave the Rams a 24-21 lead.
The Knights next drive was thwarted by Carlos Mota’s sack of Rivera.
Two more sacks, one by Sutton, stalled the next Arroyo threat, and Sutton picked up another sack as the Knights took over at their own 15 in the final moments and Anthony White’s victory debut seemed assured.
Game Thirty-Two: September 10, 2010 at Arroyo
“KnightzKrieg! Arroyo 42 Temple City 6”
(Temple City)- Arroyo’s Steven Rivera, with his big left arm, threw three first quarter touchdown passes to three different receivers in the Knights 42-6 lightening strike victory over Temple City on Friday night.
The win was Arroyo’s (2-0) first in the Home of the Camellias since September 10, 2004 when another junior quarterback (Dominic Salmon) threw three touchdown passes.
Rivera’s (11 of 18 154-yards) touchdown’s went to tight end Sam Torres from 13-yards with 9:07 remaining in the first quarter. It was followed eight minutes later with 35-yard connection to Anthony Miller. Finally with 50 seconds left in the opening stanza, Rivera hooked up with Hunter Duran for a 40-yard ka-boom.
“It always feels good,” said Rivera about the win and his play. “But our schemes were great and the entire offensive line was doing its job.”
To add to head coach Jim Singiser’s assertion last week that Rivera is who they thought he was, the quarterback sprinted 19-yards behind his linemen on a draw in the second quarter to make it 28-0 Knights.
Counting last year’s heroics at Bergstrom which included three touchdown passes and a 91-yard game winner to Chris Rodriguez, Rivera is far removed from his freshman season performance against the Rams when his team lost twice and managed a mere six points combined.
“I don’t know if it’s slower,” said Rivera describing how the game comes to him now. “But experience really helps, thank the Lord.”
Senior running back Mike Vasquez (12-carries 89-yards) rounded things out with two second half touchdown runs of five and one yard.
Temple City HC Mike McFarland joined a long list of pretty good coaches who started things off with a loss to Arroyo. However, few Ram teams have been so beaten down. Their first six series ended in a punt, a fumble, a punt, a fumble, a punt, and another punt. TC picked up its initial first down with a 1:33 left in the first quarter on Mikal Quintanilla’s 11-yard run, but they turned it over on the next play.
The host team did get on the board after a blown call on a fumble by the Knights Robert Thome, who was clearly down after running a Fly Sweep (or something akin). Taking control at the Arroyo 38, the Rams Carlos Mota moved the ball 15-yards on two carries. A pass to Nick Palmer set them up inside the ten and a defensive holding penalty gave them life long enough for Quintanilla to hit tight end Tim Sanderson to make it 28-6 at the break.
The Knights front line beat up the nicely sized but experience lacking Temple City line literally from start to finish as they chased running backs Jamie Dea and Josh Simangunsong to the showers early and kept Quintanilla running for his health.
The Arroyo defense was led by the solid play of Torres from his defensive end spot, Andre Kerkoff at strong safety, and cornerback Mike Amaya. In reality the entire defense shined while registering eight sacks. Rivera also intercepted a pass between quarterback, punting, and selling programs at the gate (old joke, but you get the drift).
“Oh,” Singiser smiled when it was over. “We have a long way to go as a football team.”
Enter Rivera again as he and the offensive line posed for a picture after the game. When asked to raised their fingers and give a number one sign, the quarterback spoke up. “No, no way,” Rivera said. “We haven’t won anything yet.”