Apaches welcome Bailey’s return

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Meanwhile, the Apaches defense continues to wreak havoc. They forced four first-half turnovers against Centennial and held them to minus-1 yard on the ground. “I’ve been super proud of our effort, especially on the defensive end,” Dimalante said. “Audarrius is a big part of our team, but the guys have rallied in his absence and have been flying on defense.” To Bailey’s credit, he hasn’t been a distraction. Instead, he’s been on the sidelines cheering his teammates, and has even walked over and whispered suggestions to his coach. “It was a tough decision (to bench Bailey), but he was positive and understood it,” Dimalante said. “He didn’t pout. He’s a leader and has been one the last two years. He was out shagging balls, and I know it was tough for him to watch his team struggle against St. Francis. “But that’s all behind us now. We’ll go forward, and to be honest, the outlook is real exciting.” There was some joking that the unofficial Rio Hondo league champion last year was La Salle, since it beat RHL co-champion La Canada, 28-19, and thumped San Marino, 38-0. After beating the Titans again on Saturday, 38-6, the Lancers are 3-0 against RHL teams since last season, and play at Temple City on Friday. They finish their nonleague schedule against La Canada (2-0) on Oct. 7. What would it mean to go 5-0 against RHL teams in two years? Well, coach Ealar Gallagher doesn’t like thinking about it … yet. “We have two big games coming up, starting with Temple City, which has looked great on defense, even though they have two losses,” Gallagher said. “And that running back (Rams’ Tsun Shin Tsai) is extremely tough. You can’t just put a hand on him, you have to wrap him up, and teams have had problems doing it. “And we all know that La Canada was good last year and is even better this year.” Gallagher admits, however, that his players look forward to facing RHL teams. “Oh, for sure,” Gallagher said. “There are a lot of natural rivalries because a lot of our players grew up with players at those schools. And historically, the Rio Hondo League has always been tough, so it says a lot about our football team if we can compete with them.” On a sour note, in San Marino’s loss to the Lancers on Saturday, senior quarterback Chris Yortsos broke his leg in the second quarter and will not return for at least six weeks. — Fred J. Robledo can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! While the Apaches (1-1) could have used Bailey in the season opening 17-12 loss to St. Francis, they also showed they can play well enough without him during Friday’s 51-12 victory over Compton Centennial. Backup Dean Carraza, who struggled against the Golden Knights, rebounded to score three touchdowns, and rushed for 59 yards on only nine carries against Centennial. In all, six different Apaches ran the ball in Friday’s win, accumulating 202 yards. center_img After serving a two-game suspension for violating team rules over the summer, Pacific League Co-MVP Audarrius Bailey returns to Arcadia High School for Friday’s home game against Bell Gardens (2-0). “Everyone is real excited about having Audarrius back,” Apaches coach Jon Dimalante said of his senior running back. “What makes football fun is winning, and he’s going to increase our chances of winning every week.” last_img read more