November 7, 2000
Edison (8-1, 4-0) vs. Esperanza (8-1, 4-0) 7 p.m., Thursday, Huntington Beach High The long-awaited clash between these Sunset League heavyweights is finally here. The victor will capture its first league title in quite some time; No. 2 Edison hasn't won the league since 1990, No. 1 Esperanza since 1997. This should be a high-scoring affair, with Esperanza running back Temitope Sonuyi and his Edison counterpart, Darryl Poston, gaining huge chunks of yardage at a time.
September 9, 2000 |
Esperanza High spotted Upland a 14-point first-quarter lead before rallying behind the 250-yard rushing performance of Temitope Sonuyi to defeat the Highlanders, 28-14, Friday night at Valencia High School. Sonuyi, who missed the first half of his junior season with a broken hand, began his senior year quietly; Upland held him to 51 yards in the first half. He got Esperanza on the scoreboard just before halftime with the first of three touchdown runs, which cut Upland's lead to 14-7.
November 18, 2000 |
Anaheim Esperanza's 17-10 first-round playoff victory Friday over visiting Lakewood proved the validity of what is usually a stock saying this time of year: In the playoffs, don't take anyone for granted. Top-seeded Esperanza (10-1), which won the Empire League, narrowly averted a humbling first-round defeat to Lakewood. Not until Matt Hathaway intercepted a pass with one minute remaining was Esperanza's Division I victory assured.
September 22, 2000 |
Temitope Sonuyi rushed for 227 yards and Greg Farrell passed for 251 as sixth-ranked Esperanza made a statement in the most convincing fashion Thursday. One week after a second-half embarrassment that cost them a victory, the Aztecs defeated Fallbrook, the top-ranked team in San Diego County, 42-23. "They're better than [Orange County's top-ranked] Mater Dei," said Fallbrook Coach Randy Blankenship, his team having lost to Mater Dei two weeks ago, 28-21. "We got our hats handed to us."
November 16, 2000
CITY SECTION 1. CRENSHAW: 10-0 Cougars should outmuscle South Gate and move easily to quarterfinals. 2. SYLMAR: 10-0 Spartans must contain Van Nuys Grant running back Perry Clayton. 3. WESTCHESTER: 8-2* Comets have better players, but Granada Hills rarely is unprepared. 4. CARSON: 7-3 Defending champion Colts will be tested from outset by Dorsey. 5. SAN PEDRO: 7-3 Pirates play Jefferson in what might be the most even first-round game. 6.
April 21, 2001 |
Esperanza running back Temitope Sonuyi, The Times' Orange County football player of the year, said Friday he will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and play Division III football for the Engineers, at least during his freshman year. Sonuyi, who chose MIT over Harvard and California, had been debating whether to play football or focus on his studies until learning that MIT uses a pass-fail system for freshman students.