Schurr Runs Past Santa Ana Valley, Earns Long Ride to Santa Maria

November 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Schurr High School will have a long bus ride Friday as the top-seeded Spartans travel to Santa Maria for a CIF Southern Section Division 12 quarterfinal.

The 10-1 Spartans rolled to their seventh straight victory by overwhelming Santa Ana Valley, 49-14 in the first round. Schurr built a 28-0 halftime lead and cruised to the win.

Santa Maria (7-4) was as equally impressive in its first round victory as the Northern League champion Saints defeated Carpinteria, 49-28 for their fifth straight win.

Schurr amassed 537 yards of total offense in its victory over Santa Ana Valley last Friday with quarterback Miguel Aguero and running back Kevin Lopez accounting for most of it. Aguero passed for 362 yards and four touchdowns as the senior completed 23 of 29 passes.

Kevin Lopez takes off on a 33-yard touchdown run in the second quarter last Friday to help lead Schurr High School to a 49-14 victory over Santa Ana Valley. The top-seeded Spartans play Santa Maria in a CIF Southern Section Division I2 playoff quarterfinal Friday. (Photo by Mario Villegas)

Kevin Lopez takes off on a 33-yard touchdown run in the second quarter last Friday to help lead Schurr High School to a 49-14 victory over Santa Ana Valley. The top-seeded Spartans play Santa Maria in a CIF Southern Section Division I2 playoff quarterfinal Friday. (Photo by Mario Villegas)

Lopez rushed for 160 yards, including three touchdowns, on only 14 carries.

Francisco Remigio caught three touchdown passes and finished the game with seven receptions for 130 yards. Sebastian Ramos and Aaron Silva each had six receptions for 95 and 81 yards, respectively. Lance Babb caught three passes for 53 yards, including a touchdown reception.

Linebackers Adam Handy and Aaron Rosales led Schurr defensively. Handy had 12 total tackles and Rosales was next with 11. They led a relentless Spartan pass rush that recorded 12 sacks. End Isaiah Cruz was credited with 4.5 sacks and Rosales had three. Angel Rodriguez, who had eight tackles, had 1.5 sacks.

Montebello advanced to the quarterfinals in the Division 10 brackets after going on the road to defeat Pasadena Poly, 28-24 in the first round. The Oilers (7-4) will have their hands full Friday night when they play No. 1 seed Apple Valley at Montebello. The undefeated Sun Devils (11-0) destroyed Twentynine Palms, 75-0 in the first round.

In the City Section quarterfinals, Garfield plays El Camino Real in a Division I quarterfinal Friday night at Garfield that is a matchup of teams with identical 6-5 records. Garfield, the fourth seed, defeated Taft 43-7, while fifth seeded El Camino Real beat Hamilton, 30-18 in their first round games.

Eagle Rock (10-1), the No. 1 seed in Division II, plays South East (4-7) at home Friday. The Eagles defeated Hollywood, 50-13 in the first round for their seventh straight win. South East advances after beating View Park, 28-20.

Roosevelt will square off against Eastern League rival Huntington Park Friday at H.P. The Rough Riders defeated the Spartans, 28-18 when the teams met two weeks ago to finish league play. Roosevelt (6-5), the No. 7 seed, edged Washington, 22-20 in the first round. Second seed Huntington Park (8-3) beat Belmont, 40-8.

In Division III, Torres (7-4) plays Verdugo Hills (6-5) at home. The Toros beat Jordan, 34-6 last Friday behind another outstanding game by Tiquan Gilmore, who rushed for 214 yards, including three touchdowns on only 10 carries. Andrew Morales also had a big night with 122 yards on 15 attempts.

Sixth seed Wilson (6-5) will play at third seed Locke (9-2). The Mules defeated Poly, 28-14 in the first round.

Playoff Roundup: Eagle Rock Is Top Seed in City Section Div. II Playoffs

November 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The playoffs kick off tonight for several area City Section high school football teams.

Eagle Rock is the top seed in Division II as the Northern League champions will play 16 seed Hollywood (6-4) at 7 at Eagle Rock. The Eagles are 9-1 and have won six consecutive games since losing to Fairfax. Eagle Rock completed a perfect (5-0) run through the Northern League by defeating rival Franklin, 56-7 last week.

Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School quarterback Anthony Ruiz looks for a receiver in last Friday’s game against Bishop Montgomery. The Cardinals captured the South Catholic League title with the 38-23 victory. (EGP photo by Mario Villegas)

Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School quarterback Anthony Ruiz looks for a receiver in last Friday’s game against Bishop Montgomery. The Cardinals captured the South Catholic League title with the 38-23 victory.
(EGP photo by Mario Villegas)

The Eagle Rock-Hollywood pairing will be the second meeting of the season between the teams. The Eagles won the first one, scoring a 35-0 victory over the Shieks in a Sept. 8 nonleague game.

Roosevelt (5-5) is the Division II seventh seed and will play host to 10th seed Washington (3-7). Franklin (5-5), the 14th seed, travels to third seed Reseda (9-1).

In Division I, Garfield (5-5) is seeded fourth and plays Taft (2-8), at Garfield. The Bulldogs finished second after winning four consecutive Eastern League titles.

Garfield’s record arguably is misleading. All 10 of its opponents are in the playoffs and three of them are league champions, including Crenshaw, the second seed in the Open Division.

The Bulldogs face a tradition-rich team in the Toreadors who have stumbled to a 2-8 record and are seeded 13th.

Torres (6-4) is the No. 4 seed in the Division III playoffs and will play No. 13 Jordan (5-3) at home.

The Toros are led by one of the City’s best players in running back Tiquan Gilmore, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound speedster.

Sixth seed Wilson (5-5) plays 11th seed Poly (3-7) at home. The Mules rallied to finish third in the Northern League with victories over Franklin, Torres and Lincoln.

The Southern Section playoffs involving local schools are on Friday at 7 p.m.

Schurr (9-1) is the No. 1 seed in Division 11 and faces Santa Ana Valley (3-7) at home. The Almont League champion Spartans roll into the playoffs winners of seven straight games.

Montebello (7-3) travels to play Pasadena Poly (8-1-1), the Prep League champion, in the Division 10 brackets. The Oilers finished second in the Almont League after winning the title four consecutive years.

Bell Gardens (5-5), which finished third in the Almont League, is paired with second seed Santa Ana (9-1), the Golden West League champion, in Division 12. The teams play at Santa Ana.

Cantwell Sacred Heart (6-4), which won the South Catholic League, plays Orange (8-2) at home in Division 13.

 

 

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