NORTH HOLLYWOOD — The season ended on a sour note for the Bellarmine-Jefferson High football team, as a one-score game morphed into a lopsided defeat for the Guards, who hosted Santa Monica at North Hollywood High Saturday afternoon.
The Guards were in striking distance the entire game, but simply couldn't move the ball on offense. They picked up just 105 offensive yards (57 passing, 48 rushing) and turned the ball over four times (two fumbles and two interceptions). The Mariners didn't fair much better in the Santa Fe League matchup, committing three turnovers in the game, but they were able to redeem themselves late and walk away with a 21-0 victory.
"When it came down to it, we were both making turnovers and it boiled down to who was going to fold in the end," said Bell-Jeff Coach Rolando Aguirre, who saw his team go from down 6-0 in the last five minutes to losing by 21.