By Mike Guardabascio (courtesy of www.gazettes.com)
October 21, 2017
Long Beach Poly’s 110th Homecoming celebration was a rousing success, as the Jackrabbits posted a big win over Moore League opponent Jordan. The Jackrabbits scored a touchdown on every possession in an 81-0 victory.
“The most important thing for us is gelling and moving forward, regardless of who we play,” said Poly coach Antonio Pierce.
The Jackrabbits offense certainly showed some progression. Starting quarterback Matt Corral went 10 for 13 for 320 yards and five touchdowns, while freshman QB Jacob Garcia was 2 for 3 for 66 yards and two touchdowns. Griffin Paler also threw a 17-yard touchdown as the Poly QBs combined to go 13 for 17 for 403 yards and eight touchdowns.
“These games just give us some momentum and some rhythm on offense,” said Corral. “It’s time for us to do our part—our defense has been good this year and now we need to step it up.”
Five different receivers caught a touchdown as Darius Kryger had four receptions for 170 yards and two touchdowns and Keon Markham had two catches for 97 yards and two scores.
Poly’s run game looked strong as well as Mike Mauai seems to have recovered fully from an early-season injury, posting his third-consecutive 100-yard game. Mauai had seven carries for 102 yards and three touchdowns.
“These games are fun for us, it’s just good to get to play someone else after a week of practice,” said Mauai.
Defensively Poly forced three turnovers and had a defensive touchdown on a fumble return, and also held Jordan to zero total yardage.
There were plenty of fans and college coaches on hand for the game. Assistant coaches from Florida, Texas A&M, Oregon, and others were there. Oregon head coach Willie Taggert circled the game several times in a helicopter before landing to talk to All-American receiver Jalen Hall.
“Yeah I saw him, he told me he was going to pull up in a helicopter,” said Hall with a laugh. The senior has an official visit planned to Oregon next month and said he appreciated the attention paid to him by Taggert and his staff.
A bit of Poly history was made as kicker Aasha McLyn became the second girl in the history of the program to score a point for the Jackrabbits. McLyn went 9 for 11 on extra points, making her the all-time highest-scoring girl in team history as well, eclipsing Killian Turley.
Poly (7-1, 5-0) will host Lakewood for Senior Night next week while Jordan (0-9, 0-5) will take a week off before hosting Millikan to finish the season.