Reid, Chiefs remain undefeated
The Kansas City Chiefs, coached by former Glendale Community College football player Andy Reid, remain the National Football League’s lone undefeated squad.
Kansas City (4-0) scored nine points in the final eight seconds of the fourth quarter to record a 29-20 home win against the Washington Redskins on Monday.
Harrison Butker, who began the season on the practice squad with the Carolina Panthers before being picked up by Kansas City on Sept. 26, converted a 43-yard field goal with eight seconds left to give the Chiefs a 23-20 lead.
The Chiefs then closed out the scoring on a 13-yard fumble recovery by Justin Houston with four seconds to go..
Kansas City will meet the host Houston Texans on Sunday.
Davis picks up tackle versus Eagles
Glendale High football alumnus Michael Davis picked up his second career tackle on special teams Sunday afternoon for the Los Angeles Chargers in their 26-24 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Carson’s StubHub Center.
The defeat dropped the Chargers to 0-4, a record made more difficult as the squad is now 0-3 in its return to Los Angeles and is riding a nine-game losing streak.
Davis teamed with Austin Ekeler on a tackle of Kenjon Barner of the Eagles during a punt return with 5:40 left in the first quarter. Barner was a training camp teammate of Davis this summer before he was cut and signed with Philadelphia.
The tackle is the second for Davis this season in three games as he also made a tackle in the Chargers’ home opener against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 17.
Los Angeles is back in action looking for win No. 1 when it travels to take on the New York Giants on Sunday. The 10 a.m. will be televised on CBS.
Jackson, Browns still seeking first win
The struggles for the Cleveland Browns and coach Hue Jackson, a former Glendale Community College player, continued Sunday with a 31-7 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
The loss dropped the Browns to 0-4.
Cleveland was shut out until running back Duke Johnson scored on a one-yard run with 1:54 to play.
“Today was not a good day for our football team,” Jackson told NFL.com. “We need to get better. I just think we have to go in this room and there are some fundamental things that we have to do better across the board. It starts obviously with me, down through our coaches and the rest of our players, and that is what we have to do better.”
The Browns return to action Sunday with a home game against the New York Jets.
Darabedyan makes MMA return in Long Beach
Making his return to mixed martial arts, Glendale’s Karen Darabedyan will face one of his most recognizable opponents when he takes on veteran Antonio McKee on Oct. 7 at the Pyramid at Long Beach State for “Ready for War.”
Darabedyan (13-6), a Glendale High product who trains at Main Event Gym in Glendale and Team Hayastan in North Hollywood, will fight for the first time since defeating Sam Liera via rear-naked choke in the second round of the Legacy Fighting Alliance event in Burbank in June. Known for his all-around game, Darabedyan is a natural 155-pound lightweight, but will fight at the 170-pound welterweight class.
McKee (29-6-2) is 47 and 17 years Darabedyan’s senior. An Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran, McKee made his name largely outside of the UFC with his grinding wrestling style and hasn’t fought since November of 2014. Twenty-one of McKee’s wins have gone to decision and 26 of 37 bouts overall.
The event will be headlined by Darabedyan’s longtime training partner and friend Karo “The Heat” Parisyan (24-11), who will face Jose Diaz (6-5). Other notables scheduled to fight on the card are Victor Henry, Everett Cummings and Cleber Luciano.
Sarkissian in Tiburon Challenger
Former Glendale Community college men’s tennis player Alex Sarkissian fell to Canada’s Frank Dancevik, 7-6(7-5), 6-4, in a round-of-32 match at the Wells Fargo Tiburon Challenger in Tiburon on Sept. 25.