La Mirada Reigns in Southeast

The La Mirada Matadores are Southeast Champs

The La Mirada Matadores are Southeast Champs

By Tim Peterson

(La Mirada) – The last few years have ended in disappointment for La Mirada. Last year’s first round playoff loss to Salesian especially left a bad taste in their mouths. This year the Matadores made sure that didn’t happen with a convincing 45-20 win over La Serna Saturday night to capture the Southeast Division title.

Sei-j Lauago had a field day, or night in this case, for the Mats rushing for 292 yards and three touchdowns. he busted off scoring runs of 62, 66 and three yards and also broke loose for a 67 yard run in the third quarter to set up his three-yard TD run.

La Serna hung around in the first half. The Lancers scored first on their second possession of the game going 51 yards on just three plays with quarterback Johnny Ceballos capping it with a seven-yard run. Ceballos hit Daniel Campos for 37 yards to set up the score.

Sei-j Lauago rushed for 292 yards and three touchdowns o lead La Mirada to the Southeast title

Sei-j Lauago rushed for 292 yards and three touchdowns o lead La Mirada to the Southeast title

The Mats responded by reeling off the next three touchdowns to go up 21-7. Sei-j Lauago went 62 yards later in the first to give La Mirada  a 14-7 lead and he did it again to open the third for a 21-7 lead. La Serna however wasn’t going to fold. Ceballos scored on runs of one and three yards to get the Lancers within four at the half.

La Mirada then scored three unanswered touchdowns in the second half to put the Lancers on ice.

*** La Serna scored with no time remaining on the clock in the first half to cut the La Mirada lead to 24-20. The touchdown was set up when La Mirada quarterback Tristan Meyer was picked off by Anthony Garcia to put the Lancers at the Matadore 41. Ceballos hit Campos for 27 yards to set up the score.

*** The Matadores scored just 31 seconds into the second half on two Lauago runs. On the first play from scrimmage he went 67 yards down to the La Serna three-yard line and crashed in from there on the next play from scrimmage.

*** La Mirada was forced to punt on the next series but on the ensuing possession, Ceballos was picked off by Chase Newman who returned it 12 yards for the pick six and just like that it was 38-20.

*** In the fourth quarter Nick Hernandez found a hole and ran 52 yards for a touchdown for a 45-20 lead which proved to be the dagger with 8:42 left.

*** La Serna turned the ball over three times – all interceptions. Shawn Swayne picked off a pass in the first half and Elijah Hicks intercepted Ceballos in the end zone on the Lancers’ last play. La Mirada turned it over twice.

*** Meyer rushed for a touchdown and threw for 91 yards completing 8 of 16 with an interception.

*** La Mirada had 403 yards rushing overall on the night with Hernandez picking up 111 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.

*** Garcia led the La Serna rushing attack with 17 carries for 83 yards. Ceballos threw for 111 yards but was hurt by the three picks. He rushed for 63 yards and three touchdowns.

*** La Serna’s four second half possessions ended in a blocked field goal, interception for a pick-six, fourth down stop, interception.

*** La Serna finished the season 11-3 overall and won the Del Rio League title. La Mirada was also 11-3 but finished the year with a 10 game winning streak.

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“Joe has captured the essence of the high school football experience. You don’t have to have played or coached to be instantly engaged in the story and identify with the characters. A great read!…Lots of laughs and memories from what high school football is like on the inside.”—Mike Mooney
“A very accurate account of high school football.”—Jon Dimalante
“F-bombing Papa Joe, has written something truly great here…He’s done a great job capturing the moments in the life of a high school football player both big and small from a unique angle.”—Josh Ouellette
“TANGENT DREAMS”
A high school football novel by Joe Torosian will be available soon through Amazon.
(Cover by Pat Cherry www.blackheartart.com)

38 Comments to "La Mirada Reigns in Southeast"

  1. 18, 19, 20's Gravatar 18, 19, 20
    December 9, 2015 - 2:32 pm | Permalink

    I see things on here that are terrible. But I don’t think that me calling an 18 yr old an 18 yr old or a 20 yr old a 20 yr old is a public defense. It is what it is.

  2. 18, 19, 20's Gravatar 18, 19, 20
    December 9, 2015 - 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Cmon midvalleysports I make 1 little comment about kids and there ages and Im the bad guy. But everybody say things because it’s a blog. At least I don’t talk bad about kids

  3. Joey Perez's Gravatar Joey Perez
    December 9, 2015 - 3:15 am | Permalink

    @REALLY???

    Haha you know its true. LM aint S#*! without them transfers. I don’t blame them LM’s coach gets kids into D1 schools.

  4. adalberto cosenza's Gravatar adalberto cosenza
    December 8, 2015 - 9:29 pm | Permalink

    La Serna cry babies!! Haha….I love it.

  5. downey faithful's Gravatar downey faithful
    December 8, 2015 - 3:45 pm | Permalink

    @Hs football fan

    Old farts…man you hit that nail right on the head…great comment

  6. REALLY???'s Gravatar REALLY???
    December 7, 2015 - 10:01 pm | Permalink

    @Just sayin… Those brothers were indeed recruited!! Don’t misrepresent the facts! There are people that actually know!!

  7. REALLY???'s Gravatar REALLY???
    December 7, 2015 - 9:56 pm | Permalink

    Joey Perez choke yourself you idiot!! Downey??? Buahhahaha! Downey couldn’t even run on Cathedral! You must be related to one of those clown coaches at Downey! And Downey started more transfers this year than LM has gotten in 4 years! EVERY skill guy on offense, 3 of 4 DB’s 2LB’s and a couple O & D lineman were all transfers for Downey!

  8. CIF rules's Gravatar CIF rules
    December 7, 2015 - 5:56 pm | Permalink

    Is there a CIF rule about whining? If so La Serna, Downey, El Rancho, Schurr,Bell Gardens,Cathedral and a few others are in violation!
    Congratulate the winners and then help your your team get better.

  9. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    December 7, 2015 - 4:07 pm | Permalink

    It is clear there are many on this blog who have no clue about CIF age requirement.
    @Perez, Downey accusing LM of having transfers is like the turtle accusing the tortoise of being slow.

  10. DRL's Gravatar DRL
    December 7, 2015 - 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Let people stir the pot, what good are these sites if you can’t come in here and gossip about the sport we love.

  11. HS football fan's Gravatar HS football fan
    December 7, 2015 - 2:02 pm | Permalink

    @MVS staff
    You old farts stop being so sensitive and just cover the games.

  12. Really?'s Gravatar Really?
    December 7, 2015 - 10:43 am | Permalink

    Mid Valley Sports just lost my respect. With exception to posts that are clearly offensive in nature, there should be no reason to block comments because you think a topic has played out. There have been past threads that have had WAY MORE offensive posts than this that have been allowed to drag on and on without any degree of censorship from Mid Valley Sports.

    From MVS Staff: Sorry you feel that way! Admittedly in the past there was more leniency but it’s time to move forward! No one is saying you can’t be upset that your team lost and express your feelings. But, if the only way that you can do that is by accusing another team of cheating or improperly gaining advantages, it does no one any good!

  13. December 7, 2015 - 8:50 am | Permalink

    From MVS Staff: The comments about the ages of the La Mirada players has been played out! Everyone is entitled to their opinion but no further comments regarding the age of the players will be approved!

  14. TheBoss's Gravatar TheBoss
    December 7, 2015 - 8:34 am | Permalink

    Congrats to LM for finally recruiting a team that was immune to their head coaches inability to coach. When they are that big (and old!) it doesn’t really matter that your HC isn’t very good.

  15. Joey Perez's Gravatar Joey Perez
    December 7, 2015 - 3:29 am | Permalink

    LM is full of transfers ask SF but you got lucky this time with the boys from LB poly. Again u ain’t nothing. Downey would destroy you. So enjoy your win we’ll see how many transfers you get in the off season. Good job LM boosters for housing those students.

  16. Joey Perez's Gravatar Joey Perez
    December 7, 2015 - 3:21 am | Permalink

    LM is full of transfers we all know who’s house they live in. We know what parents are boarding them. They’re from all over. LM dont make boys that big. If he’s a real coach he’d just coach the kids up instead of getting help from other cities. Good for the coach tho at least he gets them in D1 schools. LM aint nothing without them transfers.

  17. 18, 19, 20's Gravatar 18, 19, 20
    December 6, 2015 - 11:54 pm | Permalink

    LM had 18, 19, and 20 year old boys out there playing. Grown men playing against kids. La serna is good in their league. La serna dare not step out and play a pac 5 school. Stick to dominating teams like pioneer and cal. I m glad LM won .

  18. @congrats's Gravatar @congrats
    December 6, 2015 - 10:26 pm | Permalink

    how many kids held back 1 & 2 years did la Mirada suit up last night. word has it some of the la Mirada kids will turn 20 before graduation, if they graduate

  19. La Mirada Guy's Gravatar La Mirada Guy
    December 6, 2015 - 9:25 pm | Permalink

    @ Reality Check
    Are you a Santa Fe Chiefs fan/player by any chance ?
    It would explain a lot……

  20. Congrats's Gravatar Congrats
    December 6, 2015 - 8:09 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations La Mirada. Watched a ton of southeast division games over the past four seasons and that La Mirada team last night looked very BIG by comparison. Good skills play and SIZE is very tough to overcome.

  21. Reality Check's Gravatar Reality Check
    December 6, 2015 - 7:34 pm | Permalink

    Moschetti is a clown.

  22. Just Sayin''s Gravatar Just Sayin'
    December 6, 2015 - 7:32 pm | Permalink

    @ LM….you missed the most important point….they weren’t recruited.

  23. LM's Gravatar LM
    December 6, 2015 - 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Just saying known you admitted that you had a transfer just one . But the facts they where two brothers that transferred. One graduate from la serna the other one left you guys to Downey. It wasn’t the mother it was the parents who transfer there kids. My point more than one more then two they found la serna on a map. La serna gets transfers . Don’t kid your self . You get kids out of area . Congratulations LM HPT.

  24. December 6, 2015 - 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Transfers don’t necessarily equal championships… Look at Arcadia or the biggest perpetrators Cathedral they don’t win anything. You need talent of course but coaching is crucial. How dumb can a guy be to recruit one of the areas best RBs Kam Johnson and not use him? DUMB! So yes LM recruits but at least they are used correctly and effectively.

  25. December 6, 2015 - 4:01 pm | Permalink

    Best part of La Mirada winning is Cathedral didn’t! Lmfao
    Hey Cathedral never mind the grind… “The loss is real” lmfao!

  26. REALLY???'s Gravatar REALLY???
    December 6, 2015 - 3:30 pm | Permalink

    @just sayin… To the victor goes the spoils! Their celebratory style does not have to be to your liking! Win, and then show your version of class! After all La Mirada is “just a bunch of thugs” as stated by a La Serna fan on Twitter! La Serna wrote a check and La Mirada cashed it!!

  27. Shut_up_about_transfers's Gravatar Shut_up_about_transfers
    December 6, 2015 - 2:51 pm | Permalink

    When I say #24 that’s La Serna Lol..

  28. Shut_up_about_transfers's Gravatar Shut_up_about_transfers
    December 6, 2015 - 2:48 pm | Permalink

    @Just

    Class?? You mean like how the mother of #24 was talking trash while everyone was waiting in line? Screaming how no one was going to catch her son!! Lol!! La Serna fans talked all week long..All of sudden we can celebrate?? And transfers?? Here we go again…major play makers last night were all area kids!! Dont take away all the hardwork these kids put in bcuz a “transfer” makes u mad..Congrats LM!! You deserve it!!

  29. ???'s Gravatar ???
    December 6, 2015 - 2:26 pm | Permalink

    Just sayin…..sound a little bitter. Transfers are everywhere. Everyone wants to follow a winner. Congrats La Mirada.

  30. Having it Both Ways's Gravatar Having it Both Ways
    December 6, 2015 - 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Two Cents can’t say that La Serna is the Southeast’s best over the last five years and then also say it’s remarkable that this “best” program made the finals this year. Making the big games is the exact reason the Lancers are the toast of the division. If he’s looking for an excuse about last night, just say that Moschetti got lucky with the recruits for one year out of four.

  31. Just Sayin''s Gravatar Just Sayin'
    December 6, 2015 - 1:14 pm | Permalink

    @LM….ONE KID…..Not the bulk if the team…and he wasn’t recruited. ..much as Moschetti is guilty of….he was moved from school to school by his parents…get your facts straight.

  32. LM's Gravatar LM
    December 6, 2015 - 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Just saying you should have stop on congratulations to La Mirada. It’s funny when you say local boys when you had transfers from St Paul to la serna to Downey last year . Who where playing for La Serna CIF championship team . Just saying.

  33. LM's Gravatar LM
    December 6, 2015 - 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Just saying you should have stop on congratulations to La Mirada. The year you won championship you also had transfers from out of the area who played for St Paul and transfer to Downey last year . Just saying

  34. @just sayin's Gravatar @just sayin
    December 6, 2015 - 12:18 pm | Permalink

    La Serna has kids from out of the area don’t kid yourself

  35. Just Sayin''s Gravatar Just Sayin'
    December 6, 2015 - 11:04 am | Permalink

    Congratulations to La Mirada for a great win. I don’t want to take away credit from the La Mirada players, but I wonder how many of them even knew where La Mirada was on a map growing up? Nevertheless, they earned their win. It’s not their fault Moschetti built his championship team with a bunch of kids from out of the area. I just wonder what he would have been capable of had he been the coach of the same group of La Serna kids….much credit to the La Serna coaching staff for coaching the hell out of a group of local boys to another great season. One final note….Moschetti: leadership starts with you. Teach your boys to win with class….not the shameful behavior they demonstrated on the field toward the La Serna fans after the game last night…..

  36. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    December 6, 2015 - 10:59 am | Permalink

    Congrats to La Mirada on a great season and a job well done! Congrats needs to also go out to La Serna for 1) making it to the finals when no one thought it was possible and 2) having the most successful program in the Southeast the last five seasons.

  37. downey faithful's Gravatar downey faithful
    December 6, 2015 - 9:52 am | Permalink

    Congrats La Mirada…no doubt who the best team in the southeast is…great season

  38. Oso Viejo's Gravatar Oso Viejo
    December 6, 2015 - 7:09 am | Permalink

    Size and depth won the day in LM. As TP pointed out, the first 1/2 x score showed pretty even but the Lancers seemed to lose a step in the second and La Mirada was relentless.

    That all saidd, should have played this one at Fullerton; the walk back to the car in Santa Fe Springs was brutal. 😉

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