Football: St Bernard’s Chavez and Fairfax’s Hernandez are the LA Sports Journal’s Players of the Week
Starting this season, the Los Angeles Sports Journal will highlight one westside high school football player from the Southern Section and LA City Section on their strong performances from the previous week.
In week 0, it was the play at running back that stood out the most. Windward’s Josh Chambers and St Monica’s Jason Thomas both broke the 100-yard mark while Venice’s Dejean Parramore just fell shy by 11 yards.
However, two players stood out among the rest, St Bernard quarterback Steven Chavez and Fairfax running back Ramses Hernandez.
They are the Los Angeles Sports Journal’s Westside Players of the Week.
Area photographer and St Bernard graduate Eric Wade passed away early Sunday morning from a severe asthma attack at the age of 47, his family has announced.
A longtime sports and entertainment photographer through his company EW GEMS, Wade had a special affection for covering high school sports including his alma mater.
He was an avid booster of bring back St Bernard’s varsity football program after it was dropped for one season in 2012.
THE LOS ANGELES SPORTS JOURNAL WESTSIDE FOOTBALL WEEK 1 POLL
Last week’s rankings are in parenthesis.
1. (1) SANTA MONICA (0-1)
Last week: 12-6 loss to Los Altos
This week: Bye
Defense showed how good they are despite giving up the deciding score in the final minute of the game. Only six points on offense is not a good sign, but coach Travis Clarke has two weeks to figure things out.
2. (3) PALISADES (0-0)
Last week: No Game
This week: at Marshall
Palisades benefited by not playing last week and suffering a blowout loss like the rest of their league counterparts.
3. (2) VENICE (0-1)
Despite being injured for most of the last two seasons, Santa Monica guard New Williams has committed to Auburn on an official visit this weekend.
He was apart of the Viking squad the won the Southern Section Division I-A title in 2012 and advance to the Division I State Finals.
St Monica running back Jason Thomas is starting to develop a knack for great performances in season openers.
He did not disappoint the Mariner faithful at Corsair Field on Saturday by rushing for 177 yards and three touchdowns along with an interception in their 21-3 victory over Malibu.
Thomas had runs of five and 13 yards for touchdowns in the first half and broke through for a 61-yard score in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
Football: Windward unable to overcome slow start in season opening loss to Saddleback Valley Christian
Last year, Windward pull off a shocking upset of Hamilton to start the season.
The beginning of the 2014 season did not start off as well as they overmatched in the first half in a 35-7 loss to Saddleback Valley Christian on Friday at Foley Field.
Windward look strong behind running back Josh Chambers who had an early 37-yard run and followed by Casey Webster’s 20-yard gain on the opening drive of the game to put the Wildcats inside Saddleback Christian Valley’s 20-yard-line.
Football Roundup: St Bernard QB Steven Chavez runs over the Canadians; Santa Monica loses in final minute
St Bernard quarterback Steven Chavez is known for his arm but the senior rushed for three touchdowns in the the Vikings 33-13 victory over Mission High, a Canadian team from British Colombia on Friday.
Chavez had 81 yards on the ground and threw for 207 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown pass to Malik Crenshaw in the fourth quarter.