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LAKE BALBOA: Birmingham Charter High football team took a two-touchdown lead in the first half of their non-league match against Westchester High on Friday.
But the Patriots were not very satisfied with how things were shaping up.
Turnover on offense. Tackle missed on defence. Minor penalty on both ends.
This prompted Patriots receiver Arliss Boardingham to set aside quarterback David Jordan-Oliveros for a chat.
The defense held its own, and the offense intensified in the second half as Birmingham won their first game of the season with a 33–0 win over Westchester at Birmingham High.
“Whenever you get a shutout, it’s good for the defense, but I think we played at level six or seven tonight,” said Birmingham coach Jim Rose. “If we want to make progress we have to raise it. That’s our goal.”
The Patriots (1-5 on aggregate) scored their first win of the season after starting their first five games against opponents from the Southern Section. Westchester (1–4) was their first City Section opponent.
“It makes us hungry,” Bordingham said. “We loved this win, but we weren’t satisfied. We knew we could have done better. We know we have bigger goals ahead.”
Boardingham, who received offers from Texas and USC, caught four passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns.
Jordan-Oliveros completed nine of 13 passes for 164 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.
Birmingham took the lead in the second game of their opening campaign of the game after Jordan-Oliveros completed a 27-yard pass to Boardingham.
After Jordan-Oliveros’ second pass was intercepted on the Patriots’ second drive, his third pass attempt was on Dante Holly for a 14-yard touchdown throw for a 14-0 lead that stood halfway.
Still, the senior thought he had missed some opportunities.
“We all said we needed to play better because this is the Patriot way,” Jordan-Oliveros said. “The coaches supported us. Arlis is a great mentor. He is there for a reason. He was just telling me to stay calm and come out comfortably.
The defense continued to work hard and late in the third Westchester safety forced a 19–0 lead to Birmingham.
When Jordan-Oliveros took hold on offense, he threw his third touchdown pass to Peyton Waters, while saving 0:17 in the third and extending Birmingham’s lead to 26–0.
The Patriots defense forced another turnover on Down, which Jordan-Oliveros converted in an 18-yard touchdown pass to Boardingham to cap the scoring.