Last Friday night, the Mustangs captured their first win of the season defeating Verbum Dei 22-13. A back and forth game throughout the night, the Mustang offense sealed the game under 4 minutes when quarterback Marcus Martin (10th), hooked up with receiver Gerardo Martinez (11th), for a 75-yard touchdown that extended the Mustang lead to 9. Verbum Dei controlled the ball for the final 3 minutes reaching the red zone, but was stopped short on 4th & goal at the Mustang 5 yard line. This was a much needed win as the Mustangs face 1-3 Harvard Westlake who are coming off a 38-21 loss to Burbank Burroughs. Kickoff for the Harvard Westlake game is scheduled for this Friday, 9/20, 7pm at Keegan Stadium. The JV game will be played on Saturday, 5pm, at Harvard Westlake.
The 2019 Cross Country season is in full stride as the Mustangs have already shown vast improvement from the 2018 Season.
A week and a half ago, the Mustangs opened their season at the Fastback Shootout held at Arcadia County Park. The team was led by Junior Anthony Navarro, and Senior’s, Roy Garcia and Christian Farias. Anthony Navarro and Mike Franco (sophomore), both medaled at Arcadia, however, the team had other plans in mind for the following week at the Bosco Tech Invitational, which took place this past Saturday. Out of 11 schools, the Mustangs had the best-combined team score and secured the overall team championship at Santa Fe Dam. Junior Anthony Navarro ran the fastest time for the Mustangs and was the third-fastest runner of the day out of 178 runners! Many other Mustangs won individual medals as well. Coach Antonio Ochoa commented, “The team has improved on their overall speed and are running as a unit, narrowing the team gap.”
The team will be back in action this weekend as they travel up to Morro Bay to participate in the Morro Bay High School Invitational. eight of the thirteen runners selected to participate will make up the varsity team along with five making up the frosh team. The frosh team will be led by Owen Chacon along with Max Lopez, Karol Arambula, Angel Anguiano, and Elias Calderon.
The Mustangs opened their 2019 campaign this past Friday night against the St. Bernard’s Vikings at Culver City School. The Mustangs fell to the Vikings 27-0, however the morale of the team and coaching staff was very high for their first time together. For not having scrimmaged prior to the season, the Mustangs had outstanding performances from Junior’s Larry Castillo, Gerardo Martinez, and Senior Kenneth Elias. Castillo led the defense with 11 total tackles, 3 for loss with 1 sack, along with 45 rushing yards on the offensive side of the ball. Martinez recorded the defenses first interception of the year along with one breakup, and 4 tackles. Elias added to the defensive performance with 3 tackles, 1 for loss.
The Mustangs open their 5 home game stretch on Friday, August 30, against La Salle High School. Kickoff is set for 7pm.
Non-Salesian / Non-La Salle Students: $5
Children (5-12 years): $2
Salesian / La Salle Students: Free
Fans can park in the Mathews Street Lot and St. Isabel. Soto St Elementary will not be used. Entrance to Keegan Stadium will at Mathews Street ticket gate. The 7th street ticket entrance will not be used.
The Mustang Cross Country team opens their 2019 season on Saturday August 31, at the Fastback Shootout, held at Arcadia County Park. The team will be led by Senior’s, Roy Garcia, Christian Farias, and Junior, Anthony Navarro. The Mustangs are under the guidance of Coach Gabriel Medina ’96, Antonio Ochoa ’94, Francisco Garcia ’06, and Edwar Carranza.
I would personally like to welcome all of you to the 2019-2020 school year. Our student-athletes have been working hard over the summer preparing to give you an exciting experience this school year.
As a Salesian alumnus and former student-athlete, I know first hand what it takes to be committed to academics, athletics, in addition to commitments and responsibilities in everyday life. Dedication, Determination, and Discipline, makes a true Salesian Mustang.
Dedication: A Salesian Mustang is dedicated to God, family, education, and team. A Mustang is an individual who has his priorities in order.
Determination: No matter what challenges a Mustang may face, he will have the determination and drive to overcome them. The Mustang will reach his goals in the classroom, in competition, and in life.
Discipline: A Salesian Mustang is one who is disciplined mentally and physically. A disciplined Mustang will be motivated, hardworking, technical and tactful in competition, practice good sportsmanship, and be a model citizen. A disciplined Mustang will be successful for life.
As we embark this school year, I urge all of our student-athletes to reflect and apply the three D’s in the classroom and on one of our 8 interscholastic sports teams. With over 30 coaches, an athletic training program with a certified athletic trainer, and newly renovated athletic facilities, our student athletes have access to the mentors and tools to help them succeed.
In closing, I wish all of our student-athletes great success this year and hope to see all the Mustang Supporters at our games!
We are about four weeks into our new school year and our Fall Sports are off to a fast start. It’s hard to believe that we have had three football games and two cross country races already.
Football will be on the road this Friday against Harvard Westlake at 7pm, and the JV will be playing at Harvard Westlake this Saturday at 10am. Cross Country will have their first league meet on Wednesday, September 19 at Hollydale Park in South Gate. The Mustangs have had impressive finishes at the Fastback Shootout and Rosemead Invitational racking up some medals!
As our fall season continues, I encourage everyone to come out and support our athletes.
Mark your Calendars:
Cross Country: September 29, Sacred Heart – Bellarmine Invitational at Griffith Park
Homecoming: Friday, October 5, varsity vs. Rancho Christian, 7pm
Salesian vs. Cathedral: Friday, October 26, 7pm, Keegan Stadium (more info to be released)
Cross Country: Friday, October 26, Arcadia Apache Invitational at Arcadia County Park
The Mustangs showed an impressive performance this past Wednesday against Cathedral at Griffith Park. The charge was lead by Junior, Sam Espinoza shooting a 44, followed by Senior, Allan Alvarez and Freshman, Matt Gamino posting 47. The Mustangs totaled 206 to Cathedrals 278. The team will be back in action Monday against Bosco Tech and Wednesday against La Salle at Brookside Golf Course. The Mustangs are currently 1-1 on the season.