by David Winchell
The Eagles scored once in both the first and second quarters to take a 14-0 lead at halftime and continued to use a stout defense that allowed just the one score. The Cobras did not get on the board until the 11:46 mark in the 4th and at that time the lead was already 28-0, favoring the Eagles. The Eagles now carry a 4-0 record for the first time since, well, not even the coaches themselves were in agreement as to the last time!! But in 2004 (according to calpreps.com) the Eagles team won their first 6 before ending the year with an 8-3 record.
In the first quarter, the Eagles took the opening kickoff, drove down the field and had Peters scamper in from the 2-yard line and a 7-0 lead. The defense for Gab was tough all night, not allowing the Cobras to establish any type of sustained offensive momentum. The Cobras were frustrated by being unable to establish a run game and discouraged without much aerial progress, either.
In the second quarter, after an Eagles interception by Eddie Garcia off of a Calvin Cheng deflection, Gab continued their control over Contreras. This time it was a 5-yard run by Carlos Monjaras with just about a minute gone in the quarter. Both teams were unable to score going to the intermission as the score read, GHS 14 – Contreras 0.
In the second half, the Eagles continued to roll, scoring twice in the quarter. Peters was able to hook up with Garcia on a 40 yard pass that saw Garcia weave his way down the sideline after the catch, all the way to pay dirt. On the night, Peters threw for 196 yards, completing 14 out of 22 attempts with no interceptions. The lead was soon stretched to 28-0 when Peters again ran in for 2 yards at the 1:18 point in the 3rd quarter.
Contreras, in spite of three interceptions (2 by Garcia and 1 by Chris Montoya) was lead by Junior Quarterback Michael Ladino. He kept the Eagles defense on their toes all evening with elusive running and quick release throws and was finally able to locate Wide Receiver Andrew Chavarria for a short pass that Chavarria turned into a 38-yard touchdown pass and run. This highlight gave Contreras some hope, but the ensuing on-sides kickoff was recovered by the Eagles to keep the momentum from continuing to build.
The final score was Peters’ third 2-yard sneak at 7:29 generating a final score of 35-7. Leading rusher for the Eagles was Bryan Vargas with 70 yards on 10 carries, and Peters spread the ball around to his favorite targets; Mark Winchell (4 catches for 56 yards), Carlos Monjares (4 catches for 40 yards) and Cameryn Matthews (3 catches for 59 yards).
This week the Eagles, and their 4 game winning streak, host the Roybal Titans with their 3 game winning streak. The Titans, a member of the LA City Central League, just like Contrereas opened their schedule with a loss to South Gate, but have come out on top against Chavez, Sherman Oaks and Angelou. Common opponent, Sherman Oaks lost to both Roybal and Gabrielino by 7 points!
Something will have to give and it will be one of these two team’s winning streaks!
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