Keeping the victory bell for a third year in a row, the Brahmas’ football team won their first and last home game of the season.
Enthusiastic fans filled the newly built stadium cheering the Brahmas to a blowout victory over the LA Valley College Monarchs with a score of 47-17.
On a play action pass, a huge block by tight end Beau Sandland created an opening for runningback Gregory Wanamaker to get a first down on a 19-yard gain.
“I feel like we played with a great positive attitude,” said Wanamaker. “I’ve been here for two years and this is actually my first game ever playing on this field, it’s a good memory for both me and my team to leave with.”
Quarterback Jake Basmagian had an explosive game.
Basmagian completed more than 50 percent of his passes, threw two touchdowns on 212 yards, and rushed in the end zone for two touchdowns.
His longest pass of 45 yards resulted in a touchdown scored by wide receiver Martin Hill.
“Coach Martinez made it a point to say that tonight we were going to make history,” said Basmagian. “The season didn’t go the way we wanted it to but we had to defend the bell because it was the last thing that we had to fight for.”
Pierce was penalized 20 times, the most they had all season, resulting in a loss of 191 yards.
“This win erases all the tough things we had to go through this year,” said assistant head coach Jason Sabolic. “Getting that 1-0 feeling at home is great because we didn’t get to play at home all year. It makes everything worth it.”
Pierce had two fumble recoveries, one of which resulted in safety Johnnie Daniels running down the field into the end zone for a touchdown.
Cornerback Kasseim Everett is leaving this tough season with a positive note saying, “It was a good year, no matter the record.”
Jake Minster said he’s just glad the team got to go out on a good note blowing out rivals L.A. Valley.
As a result of a bad reaction from a referee call, Brahmas’ head coach Efrain Martinez was escorted off the field after being tossed out.
“I feel great, it’s a good going away present for our sophomores and a good momentum for our freshman coming back next year,” Martinez said.