The Pomona Panthers came into this season looking to be the big play makers. They were a team that was on a mission to be a powerhouse and lead the road to the State Championship. They went into the house of Valor Christian and came out a winner. They then took on Cherry Creek and lost, but lost with pride. It seems Dave Logan was once again a favorite of the refs as there were a lot of questionable calls and right in front of the referee. Creek had a full facemask and somehow, the referee was maybe checking his phone or thinking about where he might eat after the game and the facemask was not called. As well as holding calls, but Pomona still held their heads high and played their game the best they could. They played tough against Mullen and did not wing that one. This week, Pomona is celebrating Homecoming, and the players wanted to prove to the school they could give them a great gift. They brought a great gift as they ran all over the fifth place Lakewood Tigers 42-7.
The fourth place Pomona Panthers were on fire, both offensively and defensively. The field of battle was owned by the Pomona Panthers. The game was looking to be a shut out but midway through the 4th quarter, the Lakewood Tigers scored. That was it though just one touchdown and PAT for the Tigers.
And credit two very sensational sophomores to help lead Pomona to a win. Quarterback Ryan Marquez who had 51 passing attempts with 27 completions and zero interceptions. Ryan gets it done no matter what. If the play is not there or it is a broken play, Ryan is not afraid to run. And when he does he is a threat against any defense. Ryan had a 20 yard pass that had senior Mark Ruhland wide open and nothing between him and the goal. Unfortunately he was caught from behind by Lakewood Tigers sophomore Weston Lee. Ryan Marquez is also a defensive cornerback. Does this athlete ever get a rest on during the game? When he does he is studying the field, watching the opponents and making mental notes. The other sophomore that is a game winner is Max Borghi. Max is a running back who can make a small play seem like a game winner. Max is always shaking the defense and last night he was on fire. Max Borghi does it all. He is the kicker, defensive cornerback and return man for punts and kickoffs. Max had a run back last night on a punt in which he broke 4 tackles and took it to the house.
But the game is not just won with these gentlemen. Credit the entire defense for holding the Tigers scoreless up until the 4th quarter. And that includes a fumble that Pomona Panthers lost deep in the Lakewood Tigers territory. Panther’s defense stood strong and dominated the field and kept Lakewood Tigers from seeing the end zone. Credit junior Bryan Gallegos who last week broke his nose against Mullen Mustangs and this week was in on every tackle on special teams kick off. Credit junior wide receiver Jeremy Gonzales and he also plays cornerback. Jeremy played hard all night and made some spectacular plays. Junior Cameron Gonzales who plays running back and outside linebacker. Pomona’s outside linebacker Uriah Vigil came up with a great punt block near the Lakewood Tigers 5 yard line and the ball was recovered in the end zone for a touchdown.
Something could be said about each and every one of these players on the Pomona Panthers team. They are a team that fought hard each game and has let the other team know they were in a dogfight. Homecoming is that much better and these players can relax Saturday night and enjoy the win and the festivities.