Titans quarterback senior Imir Sanders has flourished in coach Tim Brennan’s newly installed flexbone offense all season, and he led West Mifflin down the field and threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to D. J. Hayes and went into halftime trailing only 14-7.Chartiers Valley’s Sean Lapcevic fumbled a punt early in the third quarter and Sanders hit Scott Perhach on a 45-yard bomb for his second touchdown throw of the game to bring the home crowd to life.On the Colts next drive, Lapcevic made up for the fumble by catching a 37-yard pass from Capers, setting up the Colts deep in West Mifflin territory.Then Capers dazzled the crowd by scrambling around in his backfield, and finally hitting Lapcevic for a 14-yard touchdown pass, giving them the lead again, 21-14.The Capers and Sanders show continued. Sanders gave the home crowd just enough time to “get their popcorn ready” before he threw another touchdown pass, his third of the game. This time it was a 37-yarder to Ricky Olasz. But a missed extra point kick by Alex Durrani left the Titans down by a point, 21-20.With time ticking away in the game, West Mifflin had a chance to tie up the game, but Sanders misjudged the speed of cornerback Beau Carson. Carson stepped in front of the intended receiver and returned the interception 34 yards for a touchdown. A Joe Pacella kick gave the Colts a 28-20 victory.On a weekend where the NFL welcomed back Michael Vick, the sellout crowd at West Mifflin was treated to an outstanding performance by Sanders, but it was Capers who is beginning to rocket his status into some legendary comparisons. BREAKING AWAY—Wayne Capers Jr. of Chartiers Valley pulls away from Ryan Jones of West Mifflin. The sophomore quarterback threw for one touchdown and ran for one in the Colts 28-20 win over West Mifflin. The drab weather—intermittent rain showers and the 90-minute delay to the start of the game because the referees went to the wrong field—didn’t put a damper on the excitement and anticipation of any of the expected offensive fireworks coming from the Capers- led Colts.“I’m glad this game wasn’t postponed because the referees went to the wrong field, because I wanted to see Capers,” said Jonathan Whaley, MSA Sports Network play-by-play and color analyst. “I circled this game as soon as I received our season schedule.”With the focus of the West Mifflin’s entire defense squarely on Capers, Beau Carson, a speedster was largely ignored by the Titans, and blew past them for a 54-yard touchdown run to put the Colts ahead 7-0.On West Mifflin’s first possession they marched down the field like a group of G-20 summit protesters, but the Colts defensive patrol was able to block off the end zone as the Titans failed on their fourth down attempt.Capers, who leads the WPIAL in scoring and total offense, used his arm and his legs to put the Colts ahead 14-0. His 22-yard touchdown run had many comparing him to some of the WPIAL legends of the past.“I played for Washington High School and had to practice against Brian Davis every day,” said Sam Hall. “I watched Capers play both basketball and football and he has the same qualities that made Davis an All-American.”West Mifflin also has a tradition and some stars of their own. COMMAND PERFORMANCE—West Mifflin senior quarterback Imir Sanders threw three touchdown passes but it was not enough as the Titans lost to Chartiers Valley, 28-20. Wayne Capers Jr., ranked by many as the best sophomore quarterback in the state, passed for one touchdown and rushed for another to lead No. 3 ranked Chartiers Valley (4-0) over previously unbeaten West Mifflin, 28-10. Capers’ mother is Robbin Smith Capers, a former women’s basketball star at the University of Kansas, who played high school athletics in the Pittsburgh City League. Both his older sisters (Tanesha and Shea), were star athletes at Chartiers Valley. His father, Wayne Sr., played in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Indianapolis Colts, but it’s Wayne Jr., who is beginning to become a household name in the WPIAL.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0The public is invited to view the final round of the jury process for public art for Fire Station 4 on Tuesday, January 24, at 6pm at the Main Fire Station Training Room, 100 Eastside St NE. In addition, the public is invited to provide comment to the jury for their deliberation after conclusion of the presentations that evening. The purpose of this jury, comprised of five members of the Olympia Arts Commission, is to make a final recommendation among the three proposals. Proposals will be made by public artists Judith & Daniel Caldwell, Peter Reiquam and Haiying Wu. The recommendation from this jury will go to the Olympia City Council on February 14 for final approval. Following Council approval, the selected art proposal will be fabricated and installed. For more information, please contact Stephanie Johnson, Arts & Events Manager, at 709-2678.
-30- FINISH LINES: Art Sherman had California Chrome out for a 5:30 jog Saturday morning. “He was so full of himself,” the trainer said, “I could hardly get him back to the barn.” . . . Former top jockey Ray Sibille, winner of more than 4,000 career races, including the 1988 Breeders’ Cup Turf with Great Communicator, will present a trophy to the winning connections of today’s Unzip Me Stakes . . . Fans can meet and greet Santa Anita’s jockeys Sunday from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. outside the jockeys’ room where riders will autograph full color posters of the colony free to those with paid admission, while supplies last . . . Santa Anita Handicap and Gold Cup winner Melatonin is set to work six furlongs Sunday as the son of Kodiak Kowboy owned by Tarabilla Farms prepares for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5 under the guidance of trainer David Hofmans, who won the 1996 Classic with longshot Alphabet Soup . . . R Sunday Surprise, who ran last at 4-1 in Friday’s seventh race, is a full sister to 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome. The two-year-old chestnut filly is by Lucky Pulpit out of Love the Chase and was bred by Perry Martin and Steve Coburn, who also bred California Chrome . . . Santa Anita presents another of its popular bargain days on Monday, Oct. 10, Columbus Day, when beers, hot dogs and sodas will be on sale for just a buck on Dollar Day . . . You “Auto” Know Better: Goseecal, a two-year-old filly that ran third in Friday’s seventh race, is trained by Vladimir Cerin for principal clients David and Holly Wilson, owners of several major Toyota dealerships in Southern California. Goseecal, as any veteran Southland resident should know, has been the long-time commercial catch phrase of rival Ford auto dealer Cal Worthington, who became a cult celebrity before he died in September of 2013. Goseecal was sired by Cowboy Cal. SWEET SIGNS FOR ASHLEYLUVSSUGARCHROME RARIN’ TO GO AFTER JOGGINGJOCKEYS’ POSTER SIGNING ON SUNDAYMELATONIN TO WORK FOR BC CLASSICPOPULAR DOLLAR DAY MONDAY, OCT. 10 FAVORABLE JOHN HENRY SCENARIO FOR ASHLEYLUVSSUGAROn paper, Ashleyluvssugar has much going for him Sunday in the Grade II, $200,000 John Henry Stakes for three-year-olds and up at a mile and a quarter on turf: a favorable pace scenario, a tendency to put together back-to-back victories; and a fondness for Santa Anita’s turf course, having won three of five starts over the layout.The five-year-old California-bred son of Game Plan won three straight at Santa Anita from Feb. 5 through May 24, including the San Luis Rey and the Charles Whittingham, both Grade II stakes.“He’s won at a mile and a quarter and won at a mile and a half,” pointed out Peter Eurton, who trains the bay gelding for Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing, LLC. “If there’s pace for him to run at, it’s OK, if there isn’t, he makes his own as he did at Del Mar.”Eurton was referring to the Grade II Del Mar Handicap on turf Aug. 20 which Ashleyluvssugar won by a nose after leading virtually throughout the 1 3/8-mile race.“We just don’t know what kind of (grass) surface this is going to be, being recently renovated, whether it will favor speed or closers,” Eurton said.“At Del Mar, I think it was pretty fair. We had three races down the hill on Friday, and I think everybody will be on the conservative side since we don’t know what to expect.”The field for the John Henry, race six of nine: El Huerfano, Martin Pedroza, 20-1; Wanstead Gardens, Santiago Gonzalez, 20-1; Flamboyant, Mike Smith, 5-1; Ralis, Mario Gutierrez, 10-1; Ashleyluvssugar, Gary Stevens, 3-1; Metaboss, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; Messi, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1; Twentytwentyvision, Flavien Prat, 6-1; and Texas Ryano, Joe Talamo, 12-1.
JOCKEY QUOTES RAFAEL BEJARANO, MIDNIGHT STORM, WINNER: “The track has been playing fast since earlier today. I knew I had to put my horse on the lead. I needed a good start and when I put him on the lead I felt the pressure right away. Dalmore was right next to me, chasing me the whole way. I kept him on the lead but tried to give him a breather at the half-mile pole. At the three-eighths I knew he would keep running. He loves to be on the lead and he always gives me something else.” TRAINER QUOTES TYLER BAZE, ACCELERATE, SECOND: “He’s going to be a super horse, I really mean that. I think John’s going to try blinkers next time and we’ll try to get him into the race a little sooner. He’s going to be a special horse.” PHIL D’AMATO, MIDNIGHT STORM, WINNER: “I thought he would love the surface. They were going fast. I saw forty-five and 1:08 and change but he dug in there gamely and held them off today.“We were going to the lead, whether Arrogate was in or not. Rafael followed the game plan. We thought Accelerate would be the one pressing us, not Dalmore, but it still worked out and he maintained through some grueling fractions and he showed his class in the stretch.“Obviously, Arrogate scratching improved our chances of winning today. In my eyes, that horse is the Horse of the Year. At the same time, there’s a bit of you that wants to test your horse against the best and see where you stand but I’m very happy with my horse’s performance.” NOTES: The winning owners are Alex Venneri of La Canada, CA, who races as Venneri Racing, Inc. and Little Red Feather Racing.