Artesia’s Roman era a painful one for Gladiators

first_imgWhen Artesia High quarterback Steven Roman graduates in the spring, perhaps Gahr coach Greg Marshall should consider being there in person to witness it because nobody in the area figures to be happier to see him leave. Roman scored on a 9-yard run with 52.6 seconds left in the fourth quarter and Antwon Hamilton intercepted a pass with just ticks left on the clock to help seal the win as the Pioneers came from behind to beat the Gladiators 28-24 in a nonleague game at Artesia High on Friday night. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “He decided he was going to do it all by himself at the end and nothing was going to stop him from scoring a touchdown. He’s a great player.” The score was 14-14 at halftime before Gahr scored 10 points in the third quarter to take a 24-14 lead on a 32-yard field goal by Edson Portillo and a 28-yard run by Treymayne Barra, who finished with 218 yards on 25 carries. But in the fourth quarter, the Pioneers (5-2) cut the Gladiators lead to 24-21 with 6:40 remaining on a 14-yard run by Derrek Wright. On its ensuing possession, Gahr (4-3) had a chance to put Artesia away but on fourth-and-5 from the Pioneers 41-yard line, Marshall elected to punt. Artesia took over at its own 15-yard line with 3:41 left and 10 plays later, Roman, who threw for 191 yards and two touchdowns, ran it in himself on a quarterback draw for the game-winning score. Last year, the Gladiators led 24-0 before Artesia rallied to win 28-24 in the final moments. “If we play 11-minute fourth quarters instead of 12, we would have beaten them two years in a row,” Marshall said. “But we’re not going to make excuses, they beat us and their quarterback did a great job. “I just wanted to keep my feet moving until I got in the end zone,” Roman said. “The most important thing is that we never gave up, even when we were trailing 24-14. We continued to play hard and in the end, our hard work paid off.” Junior running back Lequan Lewis also had a big day catching the ball for the Pioneers, hauling in four passes for 120 yards and a touchdown that came on an 85-yard pass from Roman in the second quarter. 160Want 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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