Little Surprise in Almont League; Schurr Alone at Top of Standings

By Mario Villegas, Exclusive to EGP

Schurr High School limped a little, but mostly stumbled to a disappointing 2-3 record prior to the start of Almont League play.

But if the fourth quarter of last Friday’s Almont League game with Alhambra is any indication, the Spartans have regained the form they showed in winning seven consecutive Almont League titles.

Schurr outscored Alhambra 28-0 in the fourth quarter to roll to a 44-13 victory at Alhambra’s Moor Field. The win makes the Spartans 2-0 in league and alone at the top of the standings. Improving to 4-3 overall, they also went above .500 for the first time this season.

After five consecutive road games, Schurr returns home Friday and plays Keppel (0-7, 0-2) at 7 p.m.
Prior to the start of league, Schurr was a disappointing 2-3 in nonleague play.

The Spartans were looking to improve and needing some new starters to develop and mature quickly.
“It was a little bit of what I expected, I just wish our development would have happened a little sooner than what it did,” Schurr Coach Ben Negrete said. “But it definitely happened last Friday night.”

Leading 16-13, Schurr quarterback Aaron Cantu threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Matt Contreras to start the fourth quarter. The score also jump-started the Spartans, who got a five-yard touchdown run from Abraham Gonzalez and two touchdown runs of 12 and six yards from Bradley Powell.

“I think we finally wore them down a little bit and all of a sudden, we put it all together, and played to our potential,” Negrete said. “I was really pleased to see that.”

Schurr led 16-7 at halftime. Cantu threw a 10-yard TD pass to Contreras in the first quarter and connected with Chris Chiaromonte on a 30-yard scoring pass in the second. Gustavo Tlatebchi added a 20-yard field goal on the final of the first half.

Alhambra (4-3, 1-1), which got a three-yard touchdown run from Patrick Bruno in the first quarter, trimmed the lead to 16-13 in the third period on quarterback Joshua Mendoza’s four-yard scoring run.

Whatever comeback hopes the Moors had were shattered by Schurr’s scoring onslaught and an aggressive defense that shut down the Moors’ running game and put pressure on Mendoza.

Leading the Spartans defensively were safety Alejandro Castro and Chiaromonte in the secondary, linebacker Eric Magos and defensive tackles Albert Perez and Ricky Quan. Linebacker Robin Nell had a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter.

Cantu completed 13 of 22 passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns. Contreras had four receptions for 66 yards and two touchdowns. Gonzalez added 138 yards rushing and a touchdown on 16 carries.
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—Bell Gardens 12, Montebello 10: Ricardo Pena’s 36-yard field goal in the fourth quarter gave the Lancers (4-3, 1-1) the Almont League victory at Montebello.

Montebello (2-5, 0-2) had gone ahead, 10-9, on a 39-yard field goal by Eric Guevara minutes earlier.

The teams played to a 7-7 tie in the first half, with Montebello scoring on quarterback Fernando Hoffens’ 10–yard touchdown pass to Robert Zamorano with seven seconds left in the second quarter.

Bell Gardens’ Steve Ibarra (15 carries, 70 yards) scored on a touchdown run in the first quarter.

In the third quarter, Bell Gardens broke the tie by scoring a safety. The Lancers’ Rene Munoz tackled the Montebello punter in the end zone after a bad snap. The score put B.G. ahead, 9-7.

Montebello’s Marcus Owens had a big night, rushing for 102 yards on 29 carries.

Bell Gardens travels to San Gabriel (4-3, 1-1) Friday night, while Montebello plays host to Alhambra.

—Cantwell Sacred Heart 49, Mary Star 7: Jonathan Mesa rushed for 303 yards on 25 carries and scored four touchdowns to lead the Cardinals to the Del Rey League victory at Cantwell.

Quarterback Jacob Alaniz, playing in place of starter Christian Espinoza, completed eight of 12 passes for 183 yards and a touchdown. Adam Aguirre caught six passes for 182 yards and Cory Collins caught three for 31 yards. He also completed a 30-yard pass.

Linebacker James Becerra recorded 10 tackles, Zeke Flores was in on eight and Ernie Narbona was credited with seven.

Cantwell (6-1, 2-1) plays Bosco Tech (5-3, 2-2) at 7 Friday night at home.

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