Torrance – By this time of the season, it’s understandable if Lawndale freshman quarterback Seth Schig doesn’t feel like a freshman.
Shigg delivered the big throw in his fifth high school football game when the Cardinals needed him most, in the start of the fourth quarter of their Pioneer League road opener against North Torrance.
Facing a third and long on the inside of his own 30, Schig joined sophomore Jesse Anderson, who went for 72 yards for a touchdown that won the final game.
“The play broke out, but I believed in the people on the other side (of Formation), I rolled back on the other side, I led him and he made a play for me,” Schig said.
Following a Schig-Anderson connection, the Cardinals (2-3, 1-0) received two late rushing touchdowns from Derek Boyd for a 27-7 win.
“It was in adverse conditions early on,” Schig said. “We disconnected a bit in the beginning, but we got the chemistry and my guys would play for me till the fourth quarter.
“We talked and we picked it up at the end, made plays and bounced back.”
The Cardinals took a 7-0 lead in the fourth quarter. The final quarter began with Shig being stopped by North’s Dylan Williams, who returned the ball to midfield.
Williams later ended the drive by driving in a 14-yard touchdown pass from Dylan Lagarde and the game was leveled 7–7 after an extra point.
North (4-2, 0-1) got the ball back after Schig put the Cardinals ahead, but the drive stalled inside Lawndale 40.
“We didn’t take advantage of some time off when we needed to,” said North coach Todd Kroos.
North started the game with a long drive that would stop at Lawndale 12, but had to settle for a field goal attempt, which was short.
In the second quarter, Boyd scored his first touchdown, 20-yard run to give the Cardinals a 7–0 lead at halftime.
The Cardinals have been tested so far this season. Four of his first five games are on the road.
“I’m proud to be able to settle down on my kids,” said Lawndale coach Travis Clark. “My freshman quarterback played really well tonight.
“It’s not easy. North played a game. They played so hard. We’re going to take everyone’s best shot. Everybody knows Lawndale. We’re not the same, but we’re building and where we are.” We’re trying to get back there. It’s a process, but everyone’s going to give us that 2018 championship shot. That’s exactly what North did. It’s a league championship game every week. We got one next week. “
Lawndale will continue league play against the Torrance at home next week. The north will visit El Segundo.