Lights Go Out on the 605; East Emerges With Victory

By Tim Peterson

(Whittier) – At Exactly 10:00 p.m., with 4:57 left in the fourth quarter, the lights went out on the 605 game Friday night. 15 minutes later, they came back on and the East maintained its lead and went on to a 31-26 win over the West at Pioneer High School.  

The blackout just added to an entertaining contest. The East led 17-6 at the half and still led 31-20 late in the fourth quarter when Hinkley Lopati of Downey hauled in a touchdown pass for the West to cut the lead to five with 5:10 remaining.

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“Anyone who has a kid trying out for his High School football team needs to read this book. Torosian has taken his 20 some years of reporting on Prep sports, mixed a healthy dose of San Gabriel Valley insider references and created a very readable first effort.”
“A page turner…I’m sorry it’s over! Is a sequel in the works?”
“Torosian does for high school football what Hemingway did for the Spanish Civil War…compelling look beyond the scoreboard and into the lives of players…”
“A truly great story unfolds in the pages of Joe Torosian’s first novel. With high school football at its core, the story of Dale Andrade shows how a young man grows in all aspects of his life thanks to being a part of a team and a football community.”
“This is a great read for everyone: from those who love high school football to those who have no idea about the game.”
“This book brings you onto the field and into the locker room…”
Joe Torosian’s high school football novel is available through Amazon.com –click pic–
(Cover by Pat Cherry www.blackheartart.com)

Anthony Garcia of La Serna put the East up 7-0 when he returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown. After the West responded with a 55-yard touchdown pass reception, the East went up 14-6 on a touchdown pass from Isaiah Jackson (Mayfair) to Jake Ruiz (Villa Park).

Late in the second quarter La Serna’s Jonathan Ceballos hit Ricky Rodriguez of Cal on a deep pass to set up a 25-yard field goal by the Lancers’ Alexander Vasquez for the 11 point halftime lead.

The West cut the lead to 17-12 in the third quarter when Long Beach Wilson’s Josh Wise broke off a 75-yard TD romp. Montebello’s Ryan Rivera then hit Warren’s Darney Harris to put the West up 20-17.

The East regained the lead when A.J. Rivas of La Mirada caught a short TD strike to make it 24-20. The East then went up 31-20 but the  West had one more score left on Lopati’s TD reception.

The West had one last shot after the lights came back but failed to score and the East prevailed.

Garcia was named MVP.

3 Comments to "Lights Go Out on the 605; East Emerges With Victory"

  1. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    June 4, 2016 - 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Darney Harris is from Warren.
    From T. Peterson: Got it. Thanks.

  2. downey faithful's Gravatar downey faithful
    June 4, 2016 - 7:02 pm | Permalink

    One of the best 605 games in a long time…..all those kids played thier guts out….great job by both teams

  3. RAMS FAN's Gravatar RAMS FAN
    June 4, 2016 - 2:12 pm | Permalink

    5 minutes left in a football game is huge. Did the game not start at 7 or earlier and if not why not? 3 hours is a pretty standard time frame for a game. Sounds like it was a heck of a game, shame to have that feeling the lead could have changed a couple more time.
    From T. Peterson: The lights came back on but it did affect the game. Took away some momentum. East held on for the win.

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