By Tim Peterson
(Whittier) – It took awhile to get rolling but when California did it had more than enough in a 28-0 shutout of Gahr Saturday night at Dick Torres Stadium.
The game was scoreless at the half and neither team reached the red zone until Cal picked up a first down at the Gahr 16 yard line with 8:27 left in the third quarter. Cal completed the march just over a minute later when Robert Leos blasted into the end zone from four yards out for a 7-0 lead.
After the defense stopped the Gladiators again Leos got his second of the night racing 45 yards for a touchdown past the Gahr secondary. The Condors piled on a couple of more score in the fourth quarter to account for the final margin. Andrew Reyes rumbled in for a 12 yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter and Evan Barajas hit Albert Rivas over the middle on a 12 yard TD strike with 4:20 left.
Gahr never could get on track offensively turning the ball over three times – all interceptions- including twice in the first half.
*** Leos rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries.
*** Reyes and Gabriel Cosio combined for 108 yards as the Condors racked up over 280 yards on the ground overall.
*** Cal quarterback Barajas put the ball up just ten times completing four and a touchdown.
*** Cal also had three turnovers ( two fumbles, 1 interception) but Gahr was unable to take advantage.
*** This was the third game in three nights played at Pioneer’s Dick Torres Stadium. Pioneer beat Artesia there Thursday night and Santa fell to St. Joseph on Friday night.
*** A year ago to the exact date Cal also scored 28 points vs. Gahr. On August 29, 2014 Cal beat Gahr 28-26 at Gahr.
*** Gahr never advanced the ball past the twenty yard line and was inside the thirty just once.
*** Leos also intercepted a pass. Jacob Marron and Kyle Reyes had the other two picks.
*** Cal O-Line: RT- Jonathan Vasquez RG- David Burrell C- Alan Perez LG – Luis Armas LT-Omar Gonsalez.
*** “Great job guys. I’m proud of you guys. But Monday is lunch pail time because we have another game to play.” – Cal HC Kyle Trudell addressing his team after the game.