SAN GABRIEL – Detractors aside, the Gabrielino Eagles continue their undefeated season (6-0) even with the start of the Mission Valley League schedule. Having defeated all 5 foes at home in a relatively weak pre-league agenda, many were saying the real Eagles will show once the tougher foes from the league are their opponents. But traveling to Mountain View for both their first league and first away game, the Eagles took advantage of the Vikings 28-10.
The Eagles, ruining the Homecoming festivities of the Vikings, were led by two 4th quarter touchdowns tossed by QB Eiljah Peters to Cameryn Matthews. The two scores were for 40 and 32 yards were two of the three catches by Matthews of the evening. Peters finished with 118 yards passing and no interceptions.
In the first half, Gabrielino’s defense was stout in not allowing the Vikes into the endzone and giving the offense plenty of opportunities to score. Late in the 1st quarter, Gab’s Brandon Tsan took in a 5-yard run with 3:12 remaining to give the visitors a 7-0 lead. Trading punts, the Eagles offence again took over and saw Lorenzo Mena score on a 4th and goal plunge with exactly 8 minutes remaining in the half. The 14-0 lead was what the Eagles took into the lengthened halftime in order to account for the Mountain View Homecoming celebration.
Apparently the rest and Coach’s talk inspired the Vikings, as they came out and took the opening kickoff down the field, having their way against the Eagle defense. The drive, however, stalled with some penalties and the Vikes were forced to settle for a 44-yard field goal that trimmed the lead to 14-3.
The score stayed that way until Peters found Matthews at 10:36 in the 4th quarter for their first scoring hookup and a 21-3 lead. The Vikes took the ball back down the field on a penalty flag filled drive and found the endzone for the only time of the night. Mountain View back Jose Zamora crashed the endzone from 7 yards out and with 5:55 remaining, the Vikings had pulled to 21-10. The Eagles had to return the ball back to the Vikings on the subsequent drive as the offense stalled. The Vikings then began gaining yards putting the Gab defense on it’s heels. But Mena stepped in front of a pass for an Eagles interception, and three plays later, with 1:50 remaining, Peters found Matthews again, who made an athletic leap and catch against Viking defenders. This 32-yard pass sealed the victory and was the final score of the contest.
Next week, the Eagles hope to continue their winning ways playing at South El Monte who are 2-4 and coming off a road loss at Rosemead. The Vikings and their 3-3 record trek to Arroyo, facing a 3-3 record there against the Knights. Arroyo were beaten by home team El Monte, 38-21.
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