La Mirada~The La Mirada High School Football team beat Norwalk in dramatic fashion this past Friday night 29-23, in the opening game of Suburban League play for both teams.
Norwalk took the lead 23-20 with 2:30 left in the fourth quarter on a field goal by Jorge Perez.
However, La Mirada's Gerry Myres found Tyler Luatua for a 59-yard catch-and-run touchdown, securing the win for Matadores (4-1, 1-0).
Myres completed 9 of 15 passes for 178 yards, and saved his longest completion of the night for the winning score.
Adam Carrasco carried the ball 29 times for 165 yards, including all of his teams 66 yards in a grueling 3rd quarter 11-play TD drive.
After a tough pre-league schedule in which the Mats went 3-1, Norwalk may be the Matadores toughest foe in a notoriously very weak Suburban League, made even weaker this year with the recent announcement of the discontinuation of the varsity football program at Cerritos High School, another Suburban team.
The program was shut down due mostly from ongoing Cerritos parent concerns about player safety.
Now a five team league with Cerritos gone-don't look up-because the Mats have only four games remaining for the regular season.
Another key contest for the Mats will be the regular season finale November 2nd at home vs. rival Mayfair.
La Mirada next travels to Bellflower Friday, September 28th to take on the Monsoons (2-2, 0-0).