Cerritos shreds Southwestern in their final home game of the season


Roman Acosta

Sophomore running back No. 8, J’Lon Manning takes the handoff against Southwestern’s defense in the second quarter alongside Sophomore wide receiver No. 3, DeJour Smith out in front lead blocking. Manning finished with 11 carries for 82 yards against the Jaguars on Nov. 20, 2021.

Roman Acosta and Vincent Medina

The Falcons defeated the Southwest College Jaguars by 40-16, rescheduled game. Saturday’s game was a make-up, due to the Cerritos’ football team’s COVID-19 outbreak that occurred earlier this season.

Cerritos final home game commenced with a special tribute to the sophomores who have played in the 2019 pre-covid football season. Freshmen lined up to pay their respects to the Sophomores as they believed that this would be their last rodeo as a Falcon.

“Proud of our kids, we don’t make excuses, we’re 2 wins away from conference champs, and to win these last 2 games really shows that these kids can finish strong.” Coach Grosfeld on the overall performance his players have shown this season.

The Jaguars kicked off to Cerritos as Sophomore wide receiver Bailey Torres was back deep to receive, who brought it out to the Cerritos 29-yard line.

The Falcon’s first touchdown came on their second offensive drive from Freshman quarterback No. 11 Cade McConnell, who could not find a man open and used his legs for the 12-yard touchdown run to put the Falcons up by six in the first quarter.

Cerritos point after attempt would go on to be unsuccessful.

Cerritos third offensive drive would result in a 28-yard field goal from Freshman kicker Moz Bojorquez as the Falcons lead would bump to 9 – 0 halfway through the first quarter.

Four plays into the Second Quarter Sophomore running back J’lon Manning would punch it in for six on the goal line to put the Falcons up by 15. The point-after-attempt would make it a 16 nothing ball game.

SouthWestern was not going to go down that easily as the Jaguar’s offense put together a 7 minute, 15 offensive drive that would result in a 26-yard receiving touchdown by the Jaguars.

The Cerritos Offense responded right back as Freshman running back, No. 6 Davon Booth, took it 72-yards to the house on the second play of the second drive of the Second Quarter. The Falcons attempted the two-point conversion to make up for the missed field goal. Freshman quarterback No. 5, Jordan Simpson would connect with Freshman wide receiver No. 7, Luca Caldarella to convert for two points putting the Falcons up 24 – 7.

“This season we haven’t had a running back breakout a 20-yard run, tonight we had two, 20 plus yard runs.” Grosfeld highlighted players of the game.

The Jaguars would squeeze in a 45-yard field goal with 15 seconds left before the half. Just as everyone thought the Falcons would take things into halftime, No. 5, Bijon Harris would take it to the red-zone for the Falcons offense to attempt one play before the half.

Simpson would be sacked, taking this ball game into the half with a score of 24 – 10.

Simpson would lead the Falcons offense downfield in their second possession in the third quarter for another Cerritos touchdown as No. 6, Booth would add on Six on the 6-yard touchdown run putting the Falcons up 31 – 10.

A Cerritos Defense that has been consistently flying around to the ball all year long, Freshman linebacker No. 3, Giovanni De Leon blocked the Jaguars punt in the end-zone that rolled back resulting in a Safety adding on two extra points for the Falcons.

Things were not going all bad for SouthWestern as the Jaguars wide receiver Sean Bryant took it 63-yards to the house on a pass, the extra point after was blocked by the Falcons, the score would be 33 – 16 in the fourth quarter.

A Cerritos offense that has gotten better constantly throughout the season once again responded to points being scored on their defense as McConnell led the Falcons offense as Sophomore running back No. 20, Shane Olden Jr. scored a 2-yard rushing touchdown for the Falcons. The score would now be 40 – 16 late in the fourth quarter.

Just as the Cerritos defense was ready to battle out a Jaguars late fourth-quarter offensive drive, Freshman free safety No. 27, Milo Lopez intercepted SouthWestern on the first play of closing the ball game out for the Falcons.

Cerritos will play San Diego Mesa on the road on Nov. 27 in the Western State Bowl game.