Two weeks ago, it appeared that all that was left for the Schurr High School football team was to finish out its season and wait for next year.
But instead of next season, the Spartans find themselves getting ready for Friday’s CIF Southern Section playoffs.
Schurr overpowered Montebello, 28-7, last Friday, leaving the Spartans and Oilers each with records of 3-2 and tied for second place in the Almont League.
As the Spartans celebrated their seventh straight win over their city and Montebello Unified School District rival, they learned that San Gabriel had defeated Alhambra. The loss dropped Alhambra to 2-3 in league and out of second place, and the playoffs.
Ironically, Alhambra’s only league victories were against Schurr and Montebello. Schurr (4-6 overall) plays San Marino (9-1) at 7:30 p.m. at San Marino in a Mid-Valley Division first round playoff game.
The Spartans road to the playoffs has been rugged, as they started the season 1-4 and then dropped to 1-2 in league after losing to Alhambra.
But Schurr has been impressive since, defeating Keppel, 55-7, and then Montebello.
Running backs Eric Perez and Abel Troncoza have led the way. Perez rushed for an impressive 206 yards and two touchdowns against Montebello. Troncoza powered his way for 160 yards and two touchdowns.
“The kids have worked hard all year, but tonight we played four quarters of football for the first time this season,” Schurr Coach Marco Ramirez said.
Despite the loss, Montebello is in the playoffs for the first time since 2002. The Oilers (6-4) play El Monte (7-3) in a Mid-Valley first-round matchup at 7:30 Friday night at El Monte’s Arroyo High School.
By defeating Keppel, 56-0, Bell Gardens went a perfect (5-0) to win the Almont League title. The Lancers, who raised their record to 8-2 overall, play Arroyo (6-4) at 7:30 Friday at home.
Northeast Division Salesian, winners of nine straight, is seeded fourth in the Northeast Division. The Santa Fe League champion Mustangs (9-1) play Capistrano Valley Christian (8-2) at home Friday Night.
Garfield Faces Taft in City Playoffs
Garfield High School received the eighth seed and plays No. 9 Taft at home Friday night in the first round of the City Section Division I playoffs.
The Bulldogs (5-5) defeated Huntington Park, 57-7, last Friday to finish in a three-way tie for first place with Roosevelt and South East.
Garfield received the higher seed because it beat Roosevelt. South East is the top seed in the Division II playoffs.
Roosevelt (8-2) is seeded 13th and plays No. 4 Carson (4-6) Friday night at Carson.
Eagle Rock defeated Lincoln, 42-14, last Friday to win the Northern League title. The Eagles, who have won six straight, are seeded second in Division II. They play No. 15 Washington (4-6) at 2 p.m. Friday at home.
Lincoln (8-2) is seeded ninth and plays No. 8 Bell (6-4) Friday night at Bell.