Los Angeles, CA - It was a beautiful day in East LA at Roosevelt high school football stadium. The California Quake took the field for the first time in their new home field, with a new team, new coaching staff and with their brand new uniforms! They most definitely set the tone to the start of the 2014 season and welcomed the North County Stars in their inagural season in the IWFL.
Kick off was in the middle of the day, 3 o'clock as captains of both teams met in the middle of the field for the coin toss. Stars captains - #1 Carla Duenas, #52 Patricia McClain, #81 Laura Perez and #88 Monica Jones. Quake captains - #27 Tami Singletary, #32 Lekeisha Bible, #47 Mariah Turner and #12 Catherine B. Vivo. As the Stars win the coin toss and defer, Quake will receive the ball.
The ball is kicked to Quake #21 Justina Duran and stumbles the ball through her hands as the ball rolls to the 20 yard line. Duran was able to pick up the ball and take it down for a touchdown. Quake completes two point conversion with #47 Turner, Quake takes an early lead 8-0. Stars next offensive series fumbles the ball after a few plays and Quake #32 Bible swipes the ball and runs in a 45 yard touchdown. Quake stretches the lead to 16-0 as #21 Duran runs in the two point conversion. Stars offense takes the field again trying to find some momentum as the Quake defense continues to lay on the pressure but as Stars QB #1 Duenas passes, Quake #4 Laurisa Hollenshed intercepts the ball and runs it in for what could have been a 21 yard touchdown but was called back due to a block in the back penalty but still Quake ball.
Still first quarter, this will be the first Quake offensive drive of the game but it's a quick one as #21 Duran runs in a touchdown, #12 Vivo, misses on a pass to #84 Kim Christensen on the two point, score is now 22-0.
Photos by: Carey-Navarrete Photography
Quake dominates the entire game from special teams, offense and defense. Here are some statistical highlights from of the game:
#21 Duran in her debut as first time Quake player and her return to her alma mater at Roosevelt hs
with 4 TDs and 2 two points conversions, ending the game with 28 total points and running over 100 yards and returning a 80 yard kick off return.
#47 Turner with 9 carries, 76 yards, 8 tackles and 2 point conversion
#4 Hollenshed 3 interceptions, 3 carries, 44 yards, 6 tackles and a TD
#27 Singletary 2 carries, 27 yards, 2 completed pases, 71 yards, TD and 4 tackles
#56 Hayes 10 tackles, interception
#32 Bible fumble recovery and returned for a TD, 8 tackles
#23 Marquez 85 yard pick 6, 3 tackles, 4 carries, 10 yards
#33 Johnson-McKeown 1 carrie for 67 yards, TD
#84 Christensen completed pass, 2 point conversion
#80 Urrutia interception, special teams recovery
#12 Vivo 2 for 5 comp, 1 TD, 73 yards, 0 int, 62 longest
Final Score 64-0, Quake! The Quake organization, applauds the Stars' for their sportsmanship and for their efforts. They continued to play and never let down. Despite the scoreboard, both teams played their heart out and was a beautiful day of football!
The North County Stars move on to play Tucson Monsoon on May 17th, as the Quake has a short week and hits the road this week to play the Utah Jynx. They depart Friday to Salt Lake City, Utah for yet a new battle they've never faced before.