AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 South Pasadena coach Ed Smith talked about how his team overcame adversity this week to notch its first win. “This is really a team victory because we had four starters hurt from the Alhambra game (last week) and most of those guys went both ways,’ Smith said. “So we had a lot of guys stepping in.’ While the Tigers reserves were stepping in, Diaz began stepping it up beginning in the first period. After Keppel scored on its opening drive to open up an early 8-0 lead, Diaz responded on the first two Tigers possessions. The South Pasadena senior peeled off a 15-yard touchdown run and a 23-yard touchdown jaunt to put the Tigers in front at 15-8 to start the second quarter. SOUTH PASADENA — The South Pasadena High School football team withstood a strong bid from visiting Keppel High and broke through for its first victory of the season Friday with a 32-16 win over the Aztecs in a nonleague game. Senior running back Richard Diaz led the way for South Pasadena. He rushed for 219 yards on 15 carries and scored three of the four Tiger touchdowns. “I was just doing my thing, getting my job done,’ Diaz said. “I give all the credit to my linemen because without them I wouldn’t be doing anything.’ The Tigers improved to 1-4. The Aztecs fell to 3-2. The Aztecs regained the lead at 16-15 with two minutes left before halftime on a 5-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Paul Lee. But that was the last Keppel lead, as South Pasadena scored 17 unanswered points over the final 26 minutes of the game to gain the victory. Tigers junior quarterback Michael Flynn ran the ball in from 1 yard out to give South Pasadena a 25-16 in the middle of the third quarter. Diaz put the finishing touches on the Tigers long-awaited victory when he scored on a 72-yard touchdown run at the start of the fourth quarter to ice the win. Senior Keppel running back Michael Edwards came through with another strong effort for the Aztecs by rushing for 154 yards on 15 carries. In the end, five Keppel turnovers and a lack of second half production doomed any chance of the Aztecs extending their surprising early season run. “I can’t understand my team’s performance in the second half,’ Keppel coach Jimmy Riggio said. “We just didn’t want to play the second half tonight. That’s basically it.’ South Pasadena junior running back Joshua Parish also contributed to the dominant Tigers ground attack by rushing for 84 yards on 13 carries. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!