In what turned into a defensive battle marred by inopportune penalties, South Pasadena battled archrival San Marino for the coveted Crowley Trophy last Friday night. The trophy is named for former mayor and late San Marino community leader Paul Crowley and is awarded to the winning team for a year.
The Titans took an early lead on a first half field goal. The second half appeared as if South Pasadena would take control as the Tigers drove for a go ahead touchdown led by the dominant running of “ironman” Jason Hong. But the momentum did not last as San Marino took advantage of Tiger miscues to drive for a go ahead score that they did not relinquish, resulting in a 10-7 victory and possession of the Crowell Cup for another year.
The last two minutes of the game looked as if San Marino would drive for another score but a Tiger interception gave the team a glimmer of hope. Out of time outs and the clock running down, South Pasadena quarterback, Zachary Lee, reciprocated on the first play by throwing the ball to a Titan defender, dooming any hope of a miracle comeback.
“Friday’s game was very close,” said Coach Jeff Chi over the weekend. “The win could have gone either way, but we fell a little short. We knew coming into the game that it will be a tough and physical game, and it was. The loss was a tough one for the team, but we are looking forward to improving and focusing on our next game against Monrovia. We have many games left and we will continue to work hard and prepare for good competitions ahead.”
Next game is at Monrovia on Friday October 6. GO TIGERS!