San Pedro, Banning to be motivated

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.San Pedro has dedicated the rest of the season to Tasby, a popular teammate and emerging leader who was fatally shot at a party Saturday. The San Pedro players said they will honor Tasby by wearing his No. 85 on their helmets in tonight’s all-important showdown at 7 at Gardena High. “We’re going to have numbers on the helmets, and each person is going to pay tribute to him in their own way,” San Pedro defensive coordinator Corey Miller said. “We just ask the kids to play as hard as he played.” It will be a huge game for both teams in terms of the Marine League standings and jockeying for playoff position. The teams are fighting for third place and a potential first-round home game in the L.A. City Section Championships. It’s also a rivalry game in which Banning leads the series, 36-31-3, despite losing the last five. PREP FOOTBALL: Pirates to honor late teammate, Tasby, in rivalry game with Pilots. By Tony Ciniglio Staff Writer When the San Pedro players take the field tonight to face arch-rival Banning, their hearts and thoughts will be with fallen teammate Laterian Tasby. “Basically, we’ve been working hard this week because it’s a big game, and we want to do it for L.T. We want to win for him,” San Pedro linebacker Robert Franco said. “He was our brother, and it’s heartbreaking. We’ve been trying to deal with it. We’re going through some hard times.” Banning coach Chris Ferragamo said his heart goes out to Tasby and the San Pedro football team. “That was such terrible news – our team felt so bad for them,” Ferragamo said. “I feel for the kids and especially for the parents of that young man. When that kind of thing happens, it kind of puts a damper on a lot of stuff. I hope they come out of it OK. We saw him on film, and he was an excellent player.We’re expecting them to play awfully hard.” San Pedro (6-2, 1-2) has been a resilient bunch all season, enduring the loss of eight starters to injuries even before last Saturday’s tragedy. Miller said that is by far the most injuries San Pedro has suffered since the core of the coaching staff came to the school in 1991. In one scary incident, defensive lineman Richard Pele sustained a punctured lung after taking a cleat versus Garfield in Week 3. Quarterback Barry Heads had a cast on his right hand last week after getting drilled by a helmet against Carson. And there have been others. Still, San Pedro has been among the South Bay’s best all season, starting 6-0 before two tough losses in succession. San Pedro lost to Carson in overtime, 18-16, and saw Narbonne break away with two late scores for a 28-8 victory. “Our kids have kept battling all year, and I don’t expect that to change now,” San Pedro offensive assistant coach Grant Beachley said. “It’s been a pretty resilient group all year long. Who knows how good we’d be if we had our full team, but we have a lot character on this team, and we’ll fight through it. Our kids have handled adversity all year.” San Pedro will have to handle a vastly improved Banning team (7-1, 2-1) that has topped high-powered Venice this season, handing the Gondoliers their only loss. Ferragamo rested his top players last week against winless Gardena so they could be at full strength against San Pedro. Running back Josh Limosnero is a threat to score any time he touches the ball, and he follows a stout line that includes Sam Tupua and Nick Garibay. “It’s a game we need to move into league contention,” Ferragamo said. “It’s a big game for both schools, especially with the rivalry. San Pedro always plays tough because they’re so well-coached and Coach (Mike) Walsh knows what he’s doing over there. We have to be on our toes and we can’t afford any mistakes.” San Pedro has players who can force mistakes.Not only is Franco a force at linebacker, but the Pirates have stellar defensive backs in Ahmad Wood (five interceptions) and Dray Ballard (four INTs). “Our defense has really kept us in games,” Beachley said. “It’s given our offense a chance to come through, and more times than not, the offense eventually does. But the defense comes to the park everyday. “This should be a fun game. Banning will have their fans. We’ll have ours. after a touchdown also We’re looking forward to it. ” tony.ciniglio@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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