The Pirates overcame a sluggish second half and a spirited University of Los Angeles team to win 17-6 in a nonleague game at San Pedro High, but it wasn't easy as many would expect... especially on the offensive side of things in the second half.
Senior WR/DB Arron Scgonamillo and junior running back Chris Alvidrez both lost fumbles on the Pirates' first two possessions of the third quarter, and the offensive line was tagged for five holding penalties, including a pivotal one late in the third quarter that put a halt to a long drive from their own 15-yard line to University's 10-yard line. The drive stalled when senior kicker Fernando Hernandez's 39-yard field goal went bonkers off the left upright and missed slightly.
Despite the shaky and scoreless third period, the defense was once again spectacular for San Pedro (3-0).
Senior linebacker Rudy Alvidrez had three tackles for loss as the Pirates shackled University senior running back Jarrod Carter, who ran for 208 yards on 20 carries in their 32-26 win over South Gate the previous week. Carter was held to zero yards on 8 carries. Senior quarterback Dominick Heads was 11-of-26 passing for 120 yards for the Wildcats (1-1).
San Pedro forced six University punts, and also stopped the Wildcats on downs three times before Heads' one-yard touchdown with 1:14 left in the fourth quarter broke up the shutout. Senior linebacker Pete Palacios blocked the point-after-touchdown kick attempt, then recovered the ensuing onside kick.
Chris Alvidrez (162 yards rushing on 14 carries) ran for both San Pedro touchdowns, coming on a pair of five-yard runs with 4:35 left in the first quarter that ended a 12-play, 70-yard drive, and again with 27 seconds left in the second quarter, which ended a short four-play, 56-yard drive, giving the Pirates a 14-0 halftime advantage. Hernandez would recover from his earlier miss by booting a 34-yard field goal with 3:23 left in the fourth quarter to increase San Pedro's lead to 17-0.
Sophomore quarterback Jacob Miller completed 10-of-16 passes for 101 yards without a touchdown or an interception for San Pedro, as they enter into next week's bye exactly where they wanted to be... undefeated heading into their Week 4 showdown at Redondo Union on September 27.
Overall, the offensive line had seven holding penalties in this game, but a win is still a win.