Polytechnic's Football Team Secures Outstanding Win Against Verdugo Hills
The first quarter went by the fastest of the four. Polly put together a good drive to start the game, but the Dons stopped them on downs. However, they quickly matched Poly’s malfunctions and were also unable to make a touchdown by the fourth down. Kenyon Collins from Poly found success on the ground running the ball, but the Verdugo Hills’ defense once again held strong and took over the ball on downs at the 1:32 mark of the opening quarter. Verdugo was unfortunately unable to put themselves on the scoreboard before time ran out, though, rendering the score 0-0 by the end.
Verdugo had the ball at the start of the second quarter, but the ball was almost immediately intercepted by Angel Diaz from Poly, so the Parrots took over in downs. The quarter continued on a bit chaotically as Luis Rodriguez from Verdugo Hills seemingly got injured - but thankfully managed to pick himself back up. Collins from Poly continued to carry the offense, grinding up yardage before eventually punching it in to give the Parrots a 7-0 lead. Now trailing on the scoreboard, Verdugo had regained possession. However, the Dons quickly ran out of downs and were forced to hand the ball back over to the Parrots. The game progressed a bit uneventfully as time continued to run out. The Verdugo cheerleaders chanted extra vigorously around this time, hoping to help their team get themselves on the scoreboard by the end of the quarter. A time-out was called by Verdugo with 35 seconds left on the clock, but that didn’t help and they once again ran out of downs. With a measly 29 seconds left on the clock, Poly wasn’t able to score again before halftime was called, signaling the end of the second quarter.
The third quarter started off with Verdugo Hills in possession, but they received a series of penalties and performed a couple of incomplete passes, leading to them quickly running out of downs before they could score. Poly didn't have much success offensively to begin the second half either. Both teams progressed, trading possessions before the Dons were able to kick a field goal to cut the deficit to 7-3. The end of the quarter was just as explosive as the start, with Poly intercepting the ball and Verdugo capturing a fumble and managing to flip possession for their school. The game continued to be a defensive struggle and at the end of the third period of play, the Parrots held onto a slim 7-3 advantage on the scoreboard.
Finally, it was time for the fourth quarter. The pressure was on as the Dons still had significant time left to score their first touchdown and win. Both Verdugo and Poly were still struggling offensively as each performed incomplete passes and received penalties. The turning point of the game came when Poly recovered a Verdugo fumble and punched it in the endzone to push the lead to 14-3. Poly continued their good stride with an interception by Angel Diaz soon after Verdugo gained control of the ball, leading to the home team taking over in downs. Later on, the Parrots barreled through with two interceptions - one by Angel Diaz and one by Kenyon Collins - the latter’s resulting in a touchdown to extend the Poly lead to 21-3. Verdugo had regained the offensive but quickly ran out of downs. Poly continued to put the hammer down in the final period highlighted by a 70-yard dash by Jaydine Cardines as the school pushed towards extending the lead to 28-3. Verdugo still had no answers for the Poly defense and after turning it over on downs, the Parrots would tack on another touchdown, their fourth of the period to extend their lead once and for all. Verdugo had one final chance to score, but when the final horn sounded, Poly had walked away with a commanding 35-3 victory.
During the game, one of the announcers kept shouting out Arleta High School, one of Poly’s chief rivals and their opponent for next week. The game is at Arleta at three p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29, and will determine the first-place position in the league.