2010 Season - vs. Bishop Amat Lancers

4th game of the 2010 Season

Phantoms 06 - Lancers 53
Record: 3-1, 0-0

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Game Summary vs. Bishop Amat Lancers
Impact Players of the Game
Kristaan Ivory - Cathedral High School Phantoms Edgar Barberi - Cathedral High School Phantoms Jeffrey Farrar - Cathedral High School Phantoms Da'Mari Scott - Cathedral High School Phantoms Cathedral High School Phantoms Football - Impact Players of the Game
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Senior Kristaan Ivory, Senior Edgar Barberi, Sophomore Da'Mari Scott, Freshman Jeffrey Farrar
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Fighting the Good Fight
“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:12.  A powerful statement and one the Phantoms took to heart last Friday when they took the field wearing custom Pink Jerseys instead of their usual Purple & Black home uniforms. The crowd was taken aback for a moment but then quickly realized the obvious - the message was simple - fighting on the gridiron is nothing compared to those fighting for their lives and sometimes it takes an act of boldness to make others believe. October is National Cancer Awareness month and with that in mind, the Phantoms used their influence to encourage those in attendance to support the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation against breast cancer.

A more auspicious opportunity could hardly be desired. Cathedral was hosting the Lancers from Bishop Amat, and their large following, in the first non-league encounter between both schools, even though, they’re only separated by less than 20 miles.

This meeting had been circled on calendars by every Cathedral Alum, fan and family member, months in advance. It offered the Phantoms a chance to measure themselves against a group with a long tradition of winning. The Phantoms having just moved up to the Mission League at the beginning of the season were also eager to test their 3-0 record. The stage offered an opportunity to see how all the new players, both to the team and to new assigned positions, were being assimilated into the Phantom playbook.

A more rude awakening could not have been foreseen. The Lancers steamrolled the Phantoms by a score of 53-6 and in the process exposed the inexperience in this young group.  Raw talent and heart had been enough to subdue the first three opponents of the 2010 season but those teams had problems of their own.  Bishop Amat with their brawn and speed, coupled with the immense experience of their coaching staff, made it extremely difficult for the Phantoms to sustain a meaningful plan of attack.  No “Gimmies” or “Mulligans” at this level.

There’s no substitute for experience and the wrong routes, dropped passes and missed tackles were evidence that our Phantoms need a few more games under their belt to gain the experience necessary to put up a good fight, especially against teams who are used to high stake games.  All is not lost, though. Our Phantoms could have easily given up but not on this night.  Not even after several players were hurt and taken out of the game by a very physical Lancer team.  Players nursing their injuries on the sidelines kept encouraging their teammates to leave it on the field.

The Phantom coaching staff knows they have their work cut out for them and quickly instructed the players to learn from this experience.  After the game coach Pearson challenged their team to use the bruises, both physical and to their egos, as a reminder to increase their commitment to train and in turn push their teammates to become better players.

Stats wise, this game left much to be desired. Sophomore QB Hayden Rettig only managed an aerial campaign of 111 yards on 12 completions for 34 attempts, marred with 3 interceptions. Rettig moved into third place in the Mission League with 954 total yards and 7 TDs on the air.

The following players were recognized as the Impact players of the Game: Seniors Kristaan Ivory and Edgar Barberi recorded a combined 14 solo tackles and 6 assists while trying to contain the Lancers’ running attack.  Sophomore Da’Mari Scott and Freshman Jeffrey Farrar collected a combined 5 catches for 55 yards while Sophomore Zach Green scored the only TD for the Phantoms that evening.

How does a team recover from a loss like this?  By developing short memory says Coach Kevin Pearson, who suffered the most lopsided loss in his coaching career. “As a player and coach, one must learn from the mistakes and weaknesses these games expose and then leave them behind.  We need to focus on the upcoming games without suffering a relapse.”

Some fans questioned the wisdom of scheduling a game against a behemoth like Bishop Amat with a young and untested Phantom team.  Truth is; Coach Pearson should be supported for taking on the challenge while every other school in the San Gabriel Valley shied away from the contest.  Most successful teams have suffered a disheartening loss like this early in their quest to a winning tradition and only those who dare measure themselves against the standard are able to learn and then become one of the elite.  Here's hoping we, as fans, are also able to put this loss behind us and focus on supporting our Phantoms reach the next level of excellence.

The Phantoms travel to meet the South Pasadena Tigers in the last non-league bout of the year.

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Be well and Go Phantoms!
Commentary by: Daniel Bárcenas
Phantoms in the News
FOOTBALL: Bishop Amat powers way past Cathedral, 53-6 By Scott French, Correspondent - Pasadena Star-News

LOS ANGELES - Bishop Amat High School scored on its first five possessions, amassed just shy of 500 yards total offense and was so dominant game officials switched to a running clock not halfway through the third quarter.

The visiting Lancers' 53-6 dissection of Cathedral had to be nearly perfect. Hardly.

Penalties and miscues knocked the Tribune's No. 1 team off track, but Amat (5-0) cruised behind superb performances by quarterback Rio Ruiz, running back Jalen Moore, an overpowering offensive line and a defensive effort that limited the Phantoms, who came in unbeaten and averaging 436 yards, to just 73 yards and nothing close to a sustained drive into the fourth quarter.

Ruiz threw for 245 yards, all in the first half, and Moore ran for 138 yards and three first-half touchdowns on 14 carries as the Lancers (5-0), No. 4 in the CIF-Southern Section's Pac-5 Division, handed Cathedral (3-1) its third regular-season loss in the nearly

2 1/2 seasons.

Amat coach Steve Hagerty was most pleased with Rio's play and with how his defense shut down the Phantoms' aerial game, but eight penalties for 94 yards - four on five plays at one point, and another that wiped out Zachary Shay's 61-yard punt return - plus two more that Cathedral declined made for a less-than-satisfying evening.

It was 9-0, on a safety and Moore's first score, just 1:44 in, and it would have been worse had Shay not fumbled into and out of the end zone after a 45-yard run to the 1-yard line in the second quarter.