Dons and emotions run a little hot

first_img But the game was marred by one penalty after another many for personal fouls and the teams combined for nearly 250 penalty yards. The Dons had 11 penalties for 145 yards in the first half alone. “It was an emotional game,” said Donerson. “We know them, they know us. There was too much talking.” Paramount coach Art Tavizon agreed that the proximity of the schools and intensity of the rivalry led to the penalties. “This is a huge rivalry,” he said. “The kids live right next to each other … and tempers flare.” Paramount (4-3, 0-2 SGVL) took a 3-0 lead on a 25-yard field goal by Jesus Ochoa. But Johnson’s two TDs and a 7-yard run by Elijah Wesson gave the Dons a 21-3 halftime lead. That lead swelled to 34-3 on a 20-yard fumble-rooskie TD by offensive lineman Tovia Utu and a 3-yard pass from Marvin Johnson to Sonny Tevaga. Paramount scored the only TD of the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run by Johnny Tivao. Despite the final score, Tavizon was pleased with the Pirates’ effort. “We played with passion, we blocked hard for four quarters,” he said. “That’s what we asked them to do.” He was also glad to have running backs Clifford Ross and Gaston Wilson healthy. Ross saw limited time last week after returning from injury and Wilson didn’t play at all. Ross had 64 yards on 19 carries Friday and Wilson ran for 47 yards. Tavizon knows his team now faces an uphill battle in the SGVL. “Our backs are against the ball,” he said. “No doubt about it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dominguez High got the better of Paramount in Friday night’s San Gabriel Valley League rivalry game. Emotions got the better of both teams. center_img The Dons, behind the first-half running of Brandon Johnson and a strong defense, improved to 2-0 in SGVL play with a 34-11 victory over the host Pirates. Johnson had touchdown runs of 82 and 31 yards in the first half and finished the game with 172 rushing yards. “He had one of his better games tonight,” said Dominguez coach Willie Donerson after his team improved to 6-1 overall. “Hopefully he can do the same thing the rest of the way.” last_img read more