Falcons football soars above Seahawks in season opener

Steven Quintana

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The Cerritos Falcons football squad opened the 2010 season last Saturday with a 29-14 win against the visiting LA Harbor College.

Even though the Falcons shut out the Seahawks through the first half, the Falcons’ head coach Frank Mazzotta was not satisfied with their performance.

“I think that because we don’t have a scrimmage game, anymore, this game felt like a scrimmage,” Mazzotta said.

Staring offensive guard Marcus Falani agreed with Mazzotta in saying the Falcons didn’t play to their ability.

“We could have played better,” Falani said, “I feel as a whole we didn’t play that well.”

The Cerritos football team took control of the game right from the kick off and held LA Harbor to a scoreless first half as it drilled in three touchdowns through the Seahawks’ defense, despite missing a chance at a point after a touchdown.

Running backs Daveon Barner and Jaron Hytche rushed for a combined 106 yards in the first half alone, with Hytche rushing for one touchdown.

After half time, the Falcons took a more relaxed approach to their opponents, giving up two touchdowns in the final two quarters.

Starting linebacker, and the Falcons’ defensive leader statistically for the game, David Lopez, as much as agreed with his coach and teammate.

“We started [the game] off well, we just messed ourselves up,” Lopez said.

On the Seahawks’ last rally, they managed to narrow the deficit to be within eight points of Cerritos, after Theon West of LA Harbor returned a punt for a touchdown with 9:50 left on the clock in the fourth quarter.

Cerritos answered back with a punt return of its own by Dion Curry, sealing the win for Cerritos.

“This was a great game for us,” Mazzotta said, “the players, especially the freshmen, responded really well.”

Cerritos is scheduled to face Palomar College, that knocked the Falcons out of playoff contention two years in a row.

“Eveyone is going to take [these coming practices] seriously, because we really want to win,” Lopez said.