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Shirley can't save Bell-Jeff

Football: Senior does all he can, but Guards still fall at home to Rosamond, 15-12.

September 21, 2010|By Jeremy Curtis, Special to the Leader

MEMORIAL FIELD — While the finale was characterized by a number of nail-biting moments, the end result certainly did not unfold the way the Bellarmine-Jefferson High football team would have scripted it.

Saturday night against visiting Rosamond, the Guards put the game in the hands of their senior star, Micah Shirley, who willed the team to the brink of victory with a stalwart effort.

He repeatedly ran the football in and around the Roadrunners' defense, which yielded little resistance. He lined up in a Wildcat shotgun formation and delivered a handful of timely passes that kept Rosamond guessing. At free safety, Shirley broke up plays with a pair of bone-jarring hits that fired up the Bell-Jeff fans.


However, it wasn't enough.

Rosamond materialized a scoring drive in the final minute of the game to escape with a 15-12 comeback win. The win was its first of the season, having previously lost, 66-0, at Boron, and 36-0, versus Antelope Valley.

"I think it was a great game," Bell Jeff Coach Rolando Aguirre said. "[Rosamond] came to play."

Bell-Jeff fell to 1-2 and has lost two in a row.

"Actually, I wasn't pleased at all," Shirley said dejectedly. "Yeah, I got my yards, but I don't care about that. I'd rather us win."

Shirley finished with 14 carries for 108 yards, including runs of 36 and 30 yards, and was six of 12 passing for 115 yards and a touchdown.

Down, 12-9, with just 46 seconds remaining and facing a fourth-and-14 situation, Rosamond quarterback Andrew Carney threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to ¿¿¿Adam Cope, who ran a fly ¿¿¿pattern, erasing the deficit and putting the Roadrunners back up for good.

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