COST PLUS MATTRESS GAME OF THE WEEK: Bonita Still Looking to Make the Cut

September 8, 2012
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Bonita takes a knee after teammate Brandon Smith suffers an injury.

Bonita takes a knee after teammate Brandon Smith suffers an injury. All photos by Eric Davis.

Bonita seems to have it all: a solid passing game, an inside and outside running game, a proven kicker, a top coaching staff ….

The one weapon itā€™s missing, however, is a dagger!

“We need to step up and play; we had an opportunity to put the dagger in their heart when we were leading 20-3 and we didnā€™t do it,ā€ BonitaĀ head coach Adrian Medrano said seconds after watching his team blow a 20-3 lead to La Serna and ultimately fall to the Lancers 27-20 on a Friday night made worse after free safety Brandon Smith suffered a broken leg in the fourth quarter.


ā€œWe canā€™t take downs off,ā€ Medrano added. ā€œRight now we have to finish. We said that after the San Dimas game and again after the South Hills game. We have to find that killer instinct.ā€

Despite flashes of brilliance, Bonita has had trouble inĀ its opening trio of of games sealing the deal. Turnovers and special teams arenā€™t helping.

ā€œSpecial teams are absolutely killing us,ā€ Medrano said.

Indeed on Friday, Bonita botched a puntĀ that led to an easy field goal to put La Serna upĀ 3-0 early in the first quarter.


Fortunately, Bonita running back Reggie Turner turned up the tempo for Bonita, scampering for a 27-yard touchdown run to give Bonita a 6-3 lead, although theĀ Bearcats unchracteristically missed the extra point.

In the second quarter, Bonita struck again. On a broken play, scrambling quarterback Tanner Diebold found Christian Ramos all aloneĀ on the sideline Ā for a 67-yard scoring strike.

After Bonita stuffed La Serna, it was Turner time once more, with Turner, bouncing off one tackler and galloping for a 69-yards touchdown to put Bonita up, 20-3.


As it turned out, Bonita couldnā€™t handle all its success and prosperity.Ā LateĀ in the second,Ā Diebold was picked off and La Serna went to work with just a little more than two minutes leftĀ in the first half. On fourth and goal from Bonitaā€™s 6-yard-line, the Lancers scored and the game, which had all the hallmarks of an early Bonita blow-out,Ā now was looking more like a game of blown opportunities by the Bearcats.Ā 

In the second half, it was all La Serna, with moreĀ assists from Bonita. Bonita fumbled twice. On one series, Bonita drove the ball to the La Serna 6-yard line before coughing up the football.

Eventually, good teams (La Serna was ranked No. 2 in division entering the contest) beat sloppy teams that gift-wrap too many opportunties for their opponents.

Next week against Claremont at Glenn Davis Stadium, Bonita fans will be looking to see if the Bearcats canĀ finally find that missing dagger!

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