Running back Michael Anello dazzled the crowd with his power, speed and agility in the Leopards’ 38-22 victory over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps last Saturday at Ortmayer Stadium in La Verne.
With the victory, the University of La Verne football team improved to 3-1, their best start since 1998.
Anello led the Leopards to the promise land with 151 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The senior running back finished the game with more than 200 yards of total offense.
Mike Anello, running back for the University of La Verne, was handed the ball trying to make a big drive for the Leopards. Anello was tackled by a herd of CMS Stags, Kevin Walkow (No. 37), Austin Nieto (No. 55), Matthew Westcot (No. 42), Daniel Curtis (No. 45) and Andrew Scranton (No. 30). Anello would end the day with 151 rushing yards in 16 carries. ULV improved to 3-1 on the year.
“This was the best game I have played in my whole football career,” Anello said. “The offensive line played great, without them I couldn’t have played as good as I did.”
For the third week in a row senior Dustin Elliot surpassed 100 yards receiving with 115 yards and catching one pass for a touchdown from quarterback Brian Guerrero.
Guerrero threw for 225 yards and three touchdowns.
The Leopards victory came with a price when All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference receiver Roger Logan sprained both his knee and ankle early in the first quarter.
“Roger is a good player but his loss won’t affect us,” head coach Don Morel said. “We have guys who can step up and play when they are needed.”
The Leopards are expecting Logan to be back in action for the Homecoming game on Oct. 15.
The Leopards’ coaching staff received another scare when Guerrero sprained his right ankle in the second quarter. Guerrero continued the game but left in the fourth quarter to prevent any further injuries.
“I just rolled my ankle, I’ll be fine and ready to play Redlands,” Guerrero said.
Senior running back Phillip Craig was also limited to action due to an arm injury he sustained in the win over Puget Sound two weeks ago. Craig will get the start tomorrow against Redlands.
Another vital point to the Leopards’ win over the Stags was the defense. All-SCIAC safety Gabe Segovia led the Leopards with 10 tackles and senior Dennis Parr had two sacks and two tackles.
“Steve Johns has done a good job in getting our defense ready to play,” Morel said. “The key to our success is the ability to work as a team.”
The Leopards still need to tighten some loose ends because the Stags gained 478 yards of offense and had the ball for more than 31 minutes.
The Leopards will face the Redlands Bulldogs at 7 p.m. tomorrow in Redlands.
The game will be the first conference match of the year for the Bulldogs, who defeated ULV, 37-31, last year at Ortmayer Stadium.
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