Tuesday, December 5, 2023

San Pedro football remains unbeaten, Dorsey tops

San Pedro >> It was coming.

After a relatively quiet first half, the San Pedro football offense knew it needed a spark in Friday’s nonleague football game against Dorsey.

Robert Sarmiento was very happy to ignite that fire.

Sarmiento took a 44-yard touchdown pass from Aidan Jackson to start the second half, then ran to the side, donning some colored sunglasses and putting it on for his teammates.

“That guy is going to be on TV one day — reality TV,” said San Pedro coach Corey Miller with a laugh.

Sarmiento’s antics helped San Pedro crank up the intensity and fell apart for a 41-6 win over Dorsey in a game that had a running clock in the fourth quarter after leading only 14-0.

“We had to turn up the intensity,” Sarmiento said. “I was just having fun. The friends on the sideline weren’t getting much (play time), I wanted to get them involved. I wanted to run it for us.”

San Pedro (3-0) now beat their first three opponents 139-6 to start the season in a nonleague matchup with Heritage next week. Dorsey fell 2-2.

San Pedro’s defense began the season with 11 consecutive no-scoring quarters, but Dorsey eventually broke the shutout streak as Amir Davies connected with Quan Stewart for a 28-yard touchdown, marking San Pedro’s second. There were 2:26 left in the game against the unit.

“Defensively we preach fundamentals,” Miller said. “We’re not fancy. We just line up and play. Just fundamental football.”

Jackson turned in a solid performance for San Pedro, throwing four touchdowns on 15 of 24 for 203 yards. Backup Sean Buchanan completed 4 of 5 passes for 60 yards and two touchdowns.

Cajuan Bullard and Chris Nixon caught two touchdown passes each. Joshua Petapoff took a 14-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.

“As we entered the locker room at halftime, we told everyone that we should treat this game like 0-0,” Jackson said. “Everything started clicking in the second half. We got some good runs, good interception and we got it going.”

San Pedro began the game with an impressive 13-play, 76-yard drive, which was capped by a 7-yard touchdown pass from Jackson to Nixon.

But San Pedro managed only one more touchdown in the first half – a 19-yard touchdown pass to Cajuan Bullard late in the second quarter for a 14-0 halftime lead.

“We knew we had to step it up a notch,” Bullard said.

Sarmiento took four catches for 92 yards. Bullard caught five passes for 58 yards. Nixon took three catches for 54 yards.

The arch San Pedro defense did the rest, placing Dorsey a total of 108 yards, most of which came late in the fourth quarter.

“We played together and were united as a team,” said San Pedro defensive back Eliza Thorpe. “Our D-line did a great job of getting around his quarterback and didn’t give him time to throw.

“We’re all in good shape, and everyone of ours wants to make that highlight-reel play.”

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