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Fearless NFL Playoff Predictions

By NFL Correspondent D.Higgins

It’s NFL playoff time, which means it’s also prediction time. In predictions that are sure to be pathetically wrong by the time Super Bowl LVI kicks off in Los Angeles on February 13, 2022, let’s give it a whirl.

AFC WILD-CARD WEEKEND

#5 Raiders @ #4 Bengals
Saturday 1:30pm on NBC

Even though the Raiders pulled out a huge win in the game of the year last Sunday to knock out the Chargers (sorry, Isaiah), I think that QB Joe Burrow, receivers Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins (great name!), and the rest of the Cincinnati offense is too overwhelming for Las Vegas. It was a good run, Raider Nation, but the Cinderella story is over.

Bengals 32 – Raiders 23


#6 Patriots @ #3 Bills
Saturday, 5:15 on CBS

This will be a tough battle between division rivals and two great defensive football teams. Buffalo led the NFL in fewest yards allowed per game at 272.8 while giving up just 17 points per game; but New England was right behind them, allowing just 310.8 yds and 17.8 pts/g. The teams split their season series, each winning on the road. They finished just a game apart in the AFC East as Buffalo won their final 4 games in a row, while the Pats lost 3 of their last 4.

Even though the Bills have the hot streak and the home field advantage, I think Bill Belichick outsmarts Buffalo and the Pats take this one.

Patriots 24 – Bills 20


#7 Steelers @ #2 Chiefs
Sunday, 5:15 on NBC

In the easiest AFC game to predict, QB Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs will put on a clinic against the Steelers. Big Ben Roethlisberger can end his career with pride, but KC will just be way too much for Pittsburgh.

Chiefs 35 – Steelers 17

(Bye Week: #1 Tennessee Titans)


NFC WILD-CARD WEEKEND

#7 Eagles @ #2 Buccaneers
Sunday, 10am on FOX

I guess they still have to play the game, but this one is a no-brainer: Tom Brady and the rest of Tampa Bay will make easy work of Philadelphia. The Bucs finished 13-4 and cruised into the playoffs with impressive wins all season. Even though Philly (9-8) won 4 of their last 5 games, they played the Jets, Washington twice, and a terrible Giants team before getting blown out by the Cowboys last week. Look for more of the same on Sunday morning.

Bucs 41 – Eagles 21


#6 49ers @ #3 Cowboys
Sunday, 1:30pm on CBS

To me, this is the most exciting match-up of the weekend, bringing back memories of the legendary games between these teams in the ’90s, when stars like Steve Young & Jerry Rice battled it out against Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, & Michael Irvin.

This time it’s Dak Prescott vs Jimmy Garoppolo, and Ezekiel Elliott vs Deebo Samuel. The teams are very even, as San Francisco finished at 10-7 in a very tough NFC West, while Dallas finished 12-5 in an easy NFC East. Both teams won 4 of their last 5 games. The Cowboys averaged 31.2 points per game (allowing 21.1 pts/g) while the Niners scored an average of 25.1 pts/g (allowing 21.5).

This game is a tough call… but for full disclosure: as a massive Dodgers fan, I simply cannot root for any team from San Francisco, so I gotta pull for the ‘Boys here in a close one.

Cowboys 27 – Niners 25


#5 Cardinals @ #4 Rams
Monday, 5:15 on ESPN/ABC

In the first ever Monday Night Football playoff game, the Rams will host their division rivals from Arizona. L.A. spent most of the season trying to catch up to Arizona, who got off to a hot 7-0 start. But catch up they did — the Rams went 5-2 after their bye week to finish with a 12-5 record, while the Cardinals dropped 4 of their last 6 to finish one game behind L.A. at 11-6 in the tough NFC West.

In this match-up, I think the momentum continues and the Rams ride Matthew Stafford’s arm to victory at SoFi Stadium.

Rams 30 – Cardinals 23

(Bye Week: #1 Green Bay Packers)


Next week, I’ll recap these Wild-Card Round predictions and move on to the Divisional Round games Feel free to drop your predictions in the comments section below.

Until then, go Broncos! (Oh, wait…)

Eagles Football Ends on a High Note

By Pedro Torres

John Glenn High School played their last football game of the 2021 season on Friday, October 29 against the Pioneer High School Titans and came home victorious by a final score of 31-26, ending the season on a high note.

One of the two major highlights of the first quarter was when John Glenn kick returner Manny Sigala scored on a kickoff return, running 99 yards for a touchdown! Then, minutes later, Iona Young capped off a 62-yard drive with a touchdown run, tying the score at 13-13. Fans were in for a good game as John Glenn and Pioneer were neck and neck when the first quarter came to a close.

During the second quarter, the Eagles were close to defeat. Pioneer had scored two touchdowns, pushing their lead to 26-13. All of a sudden, senior athlete Richard Ramos returned an interception and scored a touchdown, bringing the Eagles to within a touchdown at 26-19 at halftime.

The biggest play, however, finally came when junior Mikel Udengwu returned an interception 77-yards for a touchdown, his pick-6 bringing the Eagles to within one at 26-25, leaving the crowd on their toes.

The Eagles and Titans were head to head, but Pioneer had the lead by one point. During the final minutes of the fourth quarter, senior quarterback Natanael Jacobo scored the final touchdown after an 80-yard drive making the comeback complete. After a couple of key defensive stops, the Eagles secured the win for John Glenn High School at 31-26, improving their overall record to 3-7, and finishing in third place in the 605 League with a 1-2 record behind league champions Cerritos (3-0; 5-6 overall) and Artesia High (2-1; 2-9 overall).

Clippers vs Lakers

By Cencere Waller

The L.A. Clippers are being a little sloppy so far. They are 11-11 and are doing well but I think they have to pick up the pace. Erik Bledsoe, who had recently joined the team, is doing well. 

On Thursday night, November 18, the Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies played a pretty close game but in the end the Grizzlies took care of business with the score of 120-108. Ja Morant and Paul George were going at it, with Paul George having 23 points and Ja Morant scoring 28.

On the other side of Staples Center, the Lakers have also had a messy year but they are not giving up and are pushing forward, so far they are 12-11 but are not doing that bad, despite losing LeBron James for a good portion of the season.

The Clippers and Lakers play each other tonight at 7:00pm at Staples Center (soon to be renamed Crypto.com Arena), with the Lakers as the home team.

Recaps:

In the craziest game of the season so far against the Pistons, LeBron James had an incident where he hit Isaiah Stewart, which caused him to leak blood from his top right eyebrow and almost caused a brawl. LeBron got a one game suspension and a fine of $284,004 out of his game check. As for Isaiah Stewart, he received a two-game suspension and will miss out on $45,201 in game checks for his role. LeBron James (the GOAT) has since tested positive for Covid and will miss out on several games (probably up to 10 days).

The Clippers and the Kings played Wednesday, with the Clippers dropping a game with Paul George on the bench by a final score of 124-115.


NBA Round-Up:

In the West, the Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors sit atop tied for the #1 seed with records of 18-3. Phoenix has won an amazing 17 games in a row. The Eastern Conference finds the Brooklyn Nets in first place with a 15-6 record.

The team with the lowest record in the Western Conference right now are the Rockets who are just 5-16, while in the east the Detroit Pistons are 4-17. They are having a pretty tough year so far with a new rookie, Jalen Green, who came from the NBA G league and is now playing with the Rockets and doing pretty well.

JGHS Football Round-Up (10/28/21)

By Pedro Torres

John Glenn’s Varsity Football team overall record this year is 2 – 7, and they are 0-2 in The 605 League. Although our Eagles are facing losses, they do not plan on giving up and will give it their all on the field.

On September 24th, 2021, our Eagles were up against Hawthorne, they put up a great  game but finished on the losing end of a 48-34 game. In the first half, our players were positive minded and never thought of giving up, they completed passes and moved the chains. John Glenn had an excellent start in the 2nd half against Hawthorne, better than the 1st half, it was surely a very close game and they were head to head most of the time.

The week after the Hawthorne game, the Eagles faced off against Covina and unfortunately lost. “John Glenn did not give up and all our players kept a positive attitude and gave it their all,” says kicker Jimmy Torres. 

On Friday, October 8th, 2021, it was our homecoming game and the Eagles were up against Garden Grove. Even though the Eagles lost the Homecoming Game our players did not give up so easily and were always giving it their all. After the game the Homecoming King and Queen were announced.

 A huge congratulations to Natanael Jacobo and April Zavala, both amazing students here at John Glenn High School for being nominated as Homecoming King and Queen.

In the first 605-League game against Artesia, the Eagles lost 32-14. John Glenn and Artesia were head to head during the first and second half of the game but eventually lost the lead. Finally, last Thursday against Cerritos, the Eagles offense put up some good numbers, but Glenn ultimately lost by a final score of 52-31.

Please join us Friday October 29th, for our last football game of the 2021 season, here at John Glenn High School Stadium against the Pioneer Titans (1-7; 0-2 in league). It is senior night, with festivities set to begin at 6:30pm. Kickoff is at 7:00pm.

October Athlete of the Month: Natanael Jacobo

By Joseph Kilis

Natanael Jacobo is a senior who is a current member of the JGHS Football team. He has been with the football, basketball, and volleyball teams since his freshman year, and even made his way to playing for the varsity basketball team in his first year here, as well as playing varsity for the other two sports as a junior. Natanael also plays clarinet in the marching band, and is the known leader of the clarinet section. The positions he has played in his various sports are point guard/shooting guard for basketball, a quarterback and middle linebacker for football, and also outside hitter/opposite hitter for volleyball.

Just recently I had the pleasure of being able to ask him a couple questions about himself in general, his wishes for the future, and also some “fun facts” he wished to share with our Bugle readers.

Natanael Jacobo, Homecoming King, at the Homecoming Game on October 8, 2021

Question 1: What is your favorite sport you have ever played or participated in?

Answer: Basketball is my favorite sport and the best sport I have participated in. I take it very seriously and I have the most fun playing basketball.

Question 2: How do you feel you have done personally throughout this football season?

Answer: I think I have had a great season playing both quarterback and middle linebacker. It’s been hard for me throwing the ball but this is my first season playing the QB position and I have thrown the ball pretty well. I will say I have made many mistakes but I move on and stay positive by making big plays. I have had many forced fumbles, touchdowns, and impacted the team by being a team leader. As a team I think we had a great season due to everyone on the team and not just one player.

Question 3: What sports are you planning to play throughout the school year?

Answer: I played football for the winter. I have two competitions for band, play basketball and volleyball.

Question 4: How do you juggle school work, life, and classes?

Answer: I try to manage my time with everything. A philosophy that I stand by is communication with my parents, teachers, and my coaches. Then in all my free time I make sure I get all my homework done and get enough sleep. Also, throughout the day I keep positive energy and a positive attitude.

Question 5: Have you thought of wanting to go to college? If so, what college will you strive to attend?

Answer: I want to attend UCLA to play basketball and I plan to major in engineering.

Then I got to the serious questions.

Question 5: What is the best movie you have ever seen?

Answer: My favorite movie is Hacksawridge and I also love all the Marvel movies. 

Question 6: What was the best food you have ever tasted?

Answer: I love my mother’s cooking but my favorite meal is tostadas with beans, meat, lettuce, tomato, sour cream and a salsa on top. 

I want to give one more huge thanks to Natanael for allowing me to bombard him with questions. I have personally known him since sixth grade, and I am so happy to be able to interview him for our newspaper and see him thrive through the things he loves to do. If you are attending any further football, basketball or volleyball games, make sure to cheer him on!

NFL Roundup & Predictions

By Isaiah Almanza

Week eight of the 2021-2022 NFL season has started and the season is shaping up to be a surprising start for the 32 teams and their 18-week schedule. The most interesting teams in the Los Angeles area are the Los Angeles Chargers (4-2), Los Angeles Rams (6-1), and Las Vegas Raiders (5-2). Let’s round up our favorite local teams.

Firstly, the Los Angeles Chargers are competing with the Las Vegas Raiders for the number one spot in the AFC West. After a disappointing loss in Baltimore in week 6, the Chargers are still a very talented team with a good chance to make it to the playoffs. Some of their biggest victories were defeating the Cleveland Browns, their AFC West rival Raiders, and 2020 Super Bowl champions, the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chargers are coming off a bye week, hopefully recuperated. Quarterback Justin Herbert has been exceeding expectations in his second year, throwing for 14 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions.

Next up are the Los Angeles Rams who are in the #2 spot in the NFC West standings with a record of 6-1, with #1 currently being occupied by the undefeated Arizona Cardinals (7-0). The Rams took a 38-11 victory over the NY Giants despite losing second-string tight end Johnny Mundt and running back Jake Funk. New star quarterback Matthew Stafford has led the team taking over for Jared Goff. They have the #11 offense in the league. The Rams moved to 6-1 after their 28-19 victory over the Detroit Lions. Former Rams’ QB Jared Goff and the Lions remain winless as LA’s Matthew Stafford threw for 334 yards and 3 touchdowns against his old team. The Rams take on the last place Houston Texans (1-6) this Sunday, 10/31.

Lastly, we will profile the Las Vegas Raiders who had a strong week 6 victory over the Denver Broncos, which officially broke their two game losing streak at the hands of the Chargers and the Chicago Bears. In Week 7, the Las Vegas Raiders continued their winning ways, beating the Philadelphia Eagles 33-22 to move to 5-2 and in sole possession of first place in the AFC West. In his second game under interim coach Rich Bisaccia, Derek Carr was an efficient 31-for-34 on 323 yards and 2 touchdowns to go along with one interception. The Raiders will now have a bye week, but will return next Sunday, November 7 in New York to face the Giants (2-5). The Raiders have had to overcome the sudden resignation of head coach Jon Gruden, who came under scrutiny for malicious emails.

Predictions:

I am predicting that the AFC Champion will most likely be the Los Angeles Chargers. And the NFC Champion will be the Arizona Cardinals. And in the Super Bowl, I predict that the Chargers will finally earn their first Super Bowl win in a 47-42 victory.

Eagles Girls Volleyball Recap

By April Zavala

Despite the challenges faced by the 2021 Girls Volleyball team, they continue to put forth their best efforts in hours of daily practice. The main challenge the girls faced this year was having a team consisting mostly of first year players since there were only a few returners. 

Many of the students didn’t know that volleyball started during the summer, which pushed tryouts to the first week of school. This gave the Coach the challenge of putting together two teams with little to no preparation, with the fact that the first game was in a few days.

Although this made it extremely difficult for the team, they always put up a great fight and never lose their energy or passion to keep playing. I, April Zavala, am on the team myself, and this year has been a great learning experience for everyone. We do not regret anything.

Our star Volleyball Player is Kaylani Moncada, captain of the Varsity Team. She is a junior who has been playing volleyball for 7+ years. She holds the position of outside hitter and never lets her team down. She is always there when her team needs her, and she never fails to inspire her teammates to keep pushing through a tough game with her kind words.

2021 Girls Volleyball Team
Junior Kaylani Moncada

Eagles Football Recap (10/14)

By Pedro Torres

The John Glenn Varsity football team is 2-5 after 7 preseason games, including losses in our Mayor’s Cup game against Norwalk, and the Homecoming Game on October 8 vs Garden Grove. Despite the Eagles’ current record, the games don’t count until October 15 when 605 League play begins.

The first game of the season started off with an amazing win. On August 27th, John Glenn High School football team won by a score of 40-8 against Firebaugh (from Lynwood) which would kick off a great season for our returning athletes.

The following game, on September 3rd, the Eagles played their first home game of the year and beat Cabrillo by a score of 22-6.

During an interview with the players, I asked, ”How does the team work together to execute a win?” Wide receiver and kicker, Jimmy Torres explained, “We won games due to us executing the game plan and going on the field doing everything that was told to us.” Jimmy Torres and Fabian Avalos also wanted to mention that Iona Young, one of the players on the team, “Has raw talent and is an amazing athlete. He is quick and runs through holes made by our offensive line.”

Sadly, on September 10th, their two win streak was put to an end by Bonita Vista, with a devastating score of 41-6. Although we lost that game, Richard Ramos, a linebacker and an outstanding athlete, had an amazing performance that night, scoring his first touchdown. With pressure on our players, The Mayor’s Cup game against Norwalk High School was the week after their big loss.

With hope that our school will be victorious once again, all of a sudden during the Mayor’s Cup Game, at around 8:24 p.m. there was a 4.3 magnitude earthquake in Carson, California, that shook all of Los Angeles County. Students that attended the Mayor’s Cup Game say they did not feel the earthquake because of all the commotion and intensity at the game. When the dust settled, Norwalk had snatched back the Mayor’s Cup for the first time in three years after a decisive 51-7 victory.

The Eagles are looking to get back on track when 605-league play begins Friday, October 15. The final home game of the season will take place on October 29.

Pictures courtesy WeAreEagles, JGEaglesAthletics, and _JGHS_Football_ on Instagram

Eagles Girls’ Tennis Recap (10/14)

by Coal Ahime Ruiz

It’s been a great learning experience for the Eagles Girls’ Tennis this year. From showing sportsmanship, to going through every round of the game with grit, they managed to encourage each other from one match to the next, all while showing personal and athletic improvement. 

Girls’ tennis put in hours of practice, and displayed dedication to the team. So far they have held matches against seven schools, all showing incredible results, but to no avail–they have yet to score a win despite a few close calls. With our seniors, Abigail Avila, Alexa Cabrera, Jocel Valdez, Anyssa Nerio, Breanna Song, and Jessica Gomez, they are making sure to leave their mark and imprint onto their teammates. Our Juniors, Andrea Urena, and Stany Hernandez, showing motivation and spirit through their plays. The sophomores, Destiny Aguilar, Iris Buckley, Gianna Morales, and Arianna Hernandez, emphasizing and being there for their team. And our Freshmen, Ida Turner, Anh Dang, Meera Ghandi, Jennifer Medina, Alondra Juarez, and Moaniuee Commander, are making a name for themselves. All of them have put in a huge amount of effort in trusting their teammates, but to also improve after each game,

Regardless of having free days, they still meet up as teammates to help each other with things such as making posters, or even forming a study group where they all help and collaborate. Having these sessions, games, and practices all brought them closer as teammates, but also makes everyone feel like they are part of a family.

2021 Eagles Girls Tennis

Eagle Athlete of the Month for September: Alexa Cabrera

By Ros Avila

Senior tennis player Alexa Cabrera has been playing tennis for three years. She started playing during her sophomore year, deciding to join tennis at El Rancho High School after her friend Coryln informed her about tryouts. She said that it keeps her active and she enjoys sportsmanship and playing tennis with her friends on the team.

Alexa plays in the number one singles position. Her best move is her forehand where she swings her arm across her body towards her left shoulder where it makes an efficient hit.

Congratulations, Alexa, for being named our Eagle Athlete of the Month for September 2021!

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