May 27, 2024

OC Sports Zone: Community First

PHOTOS: Strong effort on the road sends Segerstrom into quarterfinal round vs. Katella

Anthony Gomez of Segerstrom hauls in a catch and heads for the end zone for a TD as teammate Jacob Rodriguez provides support. (Photos courtesy Mark Bausman, For OC Sports Zone)

Segerstrom High’s football team is moving on to the quarterfinal round of the CIF Division 10 playoffs.

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The Jaguars opened the playoffs defeating Pomona 52-14 on the road Friday night. Segerstrom (10-1) will host Katella (10-1) Friday night in the next round.

“Last night was exciting to see everyone play at a high level in all facets of the game,” said Segerstrom Coach Joseph Tagaloa on Saturday.

“Offensively, our line was able to help establish our running game as we rushed for five touchdowns. Andrew Schouw and Jacob Rodriguez both had two rushing touchdowns and Diego Perez added another.

“We were efficient passing the ball as Angel Vega connected with Anthony Gomez on the second play from scrimmage for a 60-yard touchdown. Later Vega would connect with Iverson Fuiava for another touchdown.”

The Jaguars defense was also strong, Tagaloa said.

“Defensively we got a collective effort from our boys upfront,” Tagaloa said. “Our defensive line put pressure on the quarterback all night. Our linebacker play was solid as well with Rey Garcia and Nathan Tagaloa filling all night to stop the run. Big plays were turned in by Andrew Schouw who got his seventh interception of the year and Saul Ramirez who caused and recovered a fumble on the same play.

“Our special teams units played well all night as well. Anthony Gomez was perfect on his kicks, including a 42-yard field goal. The punt team also created some momentum as they were able to recover a fumble, giving us great field position and an eventual touchdown.”

Tagaloa said it was a great start to the playoffs and the Jaguars are excited about the next round.

“All in all we are excited to get a win against a solid team and look forward to competing in the second round of CIF,” he said.

The winner of Friday’s game goes on to face the winner of the Crescenta Valley vs. Eisenhower game. Crescenta Valley is the top-seeded squad in the division.

—Tim Burt, OC Sports Zone;