Last spring, Whittier Christian thought it had a football game scheduled against Division XIII power Hamilton on Sept. 16. When athletics director Jon Caffrey was told by Hamilton officials they had no contract to play the game, Caffrey was sent scrambling to find a replacement. It appeared Daniel Murphy was open, so contracts were agreed upon and Whittier Christian looked forward to meeting the Nobles at Whittier College. But Arrowhead Christian apparently also had a contract to play Murphy that night, so Whittier Christian found itself on the outside again. The Heralds were forced into a bye. “It was difficult, in a way, because we had just come off an exciting win (17-14 over Sierra Vista) and your biggest improvement should come between your first and second games,’ Caffrey said. “In that light, we would like to have played. “So, we practiced anyway, Monday through Friday, and while we scaled back a little, we concentrated on fundamentals and our speed drills. We pushed the kids and treated it as normal as possible, but it’s difficult for the players knowing there’s no game on Friday.’ Caffrey also said the time off gave the Heralds a chance to heal some aches and pains. Whittier Christian travels to play La Jolla Country Day on Friday. @Tagline columnist:Roger Murray can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Cantwell Sacred Heart High School is 0-3. Normally that would be a major concern, but coach Pete Smolin says the Cardinals are “doing better every week.’ “We’re doing a lot of little things better, executing better,’ Smolin said Monday morning. “It’s just that we’re playing teams that are better than us. The important thing is that we’re getting ready for league.’ One constant for the Cardinals appears to be running back Michael Medina, who rushed for 169 yards and a touchdown in Friday’s 36-8 loss to Santa Paula. He’s run for 442 yards this season, averaging 147.3 yards per game. Quarterback Michael Toledo has completed 22 of 49 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns, but he has also thrown four interceptions. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 In the loss to Santa Paula, Cantwell got behind early and never really found its rhythm. “They got up on us, and while we moved the ball OK we couldn’t get it into the end zone,’ Smolin said. “They only had two real drives in the first half. They scored off a fumble recovery for a touchdown and then had a freak pass play that we blew coverage on.’ Strong safety Andre Flores turned in another stellar performance with a team-high 12 tackles. Wide receiver Jeffrey Taylor and offensive guard Jonathan Deleon also were singled out by Smolin. The Cardinals host Desert on Friday. Desert played tough in losing to a strong Vasquez team on Friday, 16-12. Gate receipts from the Cardinals’ home game against Lucerne Valley on Oct. 7 will be donated to St. Joseph High School in Biloxi, Miss. one of the many schools whose athletic programs have been severely impacted by Hurricane Katrina.