Compton football runs past Cabrillo in Moore League season opener – Press Telegram


COMPTON — Junior running back John John Bledsoe and senior quarterback Aava Lilomaiava combined for 246 rushing yards and six touchdowns, as Compton opened Moore League play with a 50-20 victory against Cabrillo at Compton College Friday night.

Compton improved to 3-2 (1-0). Cabrillo is now 0-5 (0-1) after forfeiting their first four nonleague wins on Monday. The Jaguars self-reported a CIF-SS violation for unknowingly playing a 13-year-old freshman, who was too young to play varsity football.

Cabrillo jumped out to a 6-0 lead after defensive back Devin Edwards stripped the ball from Compton’s Amir Ford and ran back a 60-yard fumble recovery with 8:41 left in the first quarter.

Cabrillo’s defense finished the game with four forced fumbles, three of which came in the first half.

The Jaguars did not convert any of the additional turnovers into points before halftime.

However, the Tarbabes did capitalize after they forced a fumble. Compton’s Lilomaiava scored on a 5-yard touchdown run, which tied the game at 6.

Lilomaiava, a 6-foot-1 quarterback, finished with 101 yards rushing on 9 carries and 3 touchdowns. However, the signal caller did not complete any passes.

Bledsoe’s 81-yard touchdown run put Compton up 14-6 with 7:26 left in the second quarter. The junior running back finished with 145 yards rushing on 12 carries. He threw a 53-yard touchdown pass on a trick play late in the third quarter.

“I believe I can do anything,” Bledsoe said. “I made it my welcome back touchdown.”

Lilomaiava padded the Tarbabes’ lead with a 13-yard touchdown run before the end of the first half.

Cabrillo responded and drove to Compton’s 10, but a huge sack by the Tarbabes preserved their 22-6 lead at halftime.

Compton’s defense finished the game with five sacks.

“Our defense has been a staple,” said Compton football coach Calvin Bryant. “We haven’t given up a lot of points in crucial moments.”

The Jaguars tried to seize momentum with an onside kick to open the third quarter. However, Compton recovered and Lilomaiava extended his team’s lead to 29-6, with a 51-yard touchdown run.

Meanwhile, Cabrillo quarterback Luis Haro responded by leading the Jaguars on a 65-yard drive, which he capped off with a 6-yard touchdown run, pulling within 29-12 with 8:36 left in the third quarter.

However, Compton’s offense was not done and pulled off a trick play. Bledsoe, one of the team’s running backs, threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Hayden Ginn. Compton led 36-12 with 4:57 left in the third quarter.

With a four-score lead, Compton’s offense took control of the game with their strong running game. The Tarbabes added two more rushing touchdowns from Bledsoe and senior running back Jeremiah Hall to go up 50-12 late in the fourth quarter.

Cabrillo’s Haro threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Edwards for the final score of the game.

After the touchdown and two-point conversion, Cabrillo attempted their third onside kick of the game but failed to recover the ball. Compton ran out the clock to end the game.

Meanwhile, Bryant was excited for his team to open the Moore league with a victory, but he said there’s still room for improvement.

“We still need to think about what we need to do to get better,” Bryant said. “We need to make sure that we’re able to (build chemistry) and get better.”

Meanwhile, after a week filled with adversity, Cabrillo’s game plan was to spread the ball around and take it one play at a time.

“We try to use a balanced attack,” said Cabrillo coach Shane Gonzales. “We want to establish the run and incorporate different guys in the passing game.”

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