• El Monte Bests Gabrielino, 38-14

    by David Winchell

    Gabrielino Eagle Oscar Palma (17) and holder Eddie Garcia (8) connect on field goal attempt that ended up short in the first quarter of the Eagles loss to the El Monte Lions, 38-14, in Mission Valley League play. El Monte is now 4-0, Gab 2-2.

    SAN GABRIEL - The Eagles did keep the contest close by scoring early in the 4th quarter to get to within 8, but the Lions scored two more times to finish off the 16 point victory. Lions QB Brandon Martinez led his team with nearly 400 yards passing and three touchdowns, but also uncharacteristically threw two interceptions. Eagles Lorenzo Mena and Chris Montoya each stepped in front of one his passes for interceptions. El Monte coach Joel Sanchez was quick to praise Gabrielino for their defensive schemes in the first half, but by making adjustments, was able see the Lions pull away late in the second half.

    Gabrielino Eagle Erwin Luong (62) gets off the line in a rush toward El Monte's QB in the Eagles 38-14 loss to the El Monte Lions. Gabrielino is now 2-2 in league and El Monte is 4-0 heading to their final game against South El Monte.

    Martinez found receivers Josh Morales and Adolfo Sanchez for first half scores leading to a 14-0 Lions lead. Gabrielino had several chances to score by forcing 5 turnovers but in three trips deep into Lions territory were turned away with no points. Eagle Coach Harold Sanin said that “this was just shooting ourselves in the foot” and “not taking advantage when they could.” Gabrielino did finally score with a 38-yard pass from Elijah Peters to Jeremy Franco to close to 14-7, but an interception at the one-yard line kept the Eagles from getting any closer. Halftime’s Homecoming Festivities began with the El Monte Lions nursing a 14-7 advantage.

    Getting ready for their next play, GHS Eagles defenders Matt Lucero (75) and Benny Munoz (77) look to disrupt the El Monte Lions in the Eagles 38-14 loss at Eagles Stadium. In Mission Vallley play the Lions are now 4-0 and the Eagles are 2-2.

    In the third quarter, the Lions changed their attack and began moving the ball on the ground and mixing in fewer passes. El Monte’s Bryan Luevano took a 16-yard scamper in for a score that seemed deflate Gabrielino and their morale. But the Eagles responded by putting together a long 80-yard drive, culminating with a 1-yard scoring run by Brian Vargas.  And with just one minute gone in the 4thquarter the Eagles moved to within 22-14.

    Offering protection for Gabrielino QB Elijah Peters (3) is Carlos Monjaras (42) and Matt Lucero (75) in GHS' loss to El Monte 38-14 at Eagles Stadium.

    Martinez and the Lions got busy and put together two scoring drives in the quarter’s closing minutes leading to the final, 38-14. Going along with Martinez’s passing yardage, Lions running back Luevano added 86 yards. Favorite receivers for Martinez, Barrejas and Sanchez had 125 and 156 yards respectively. Eagle receiver Cameryn Matthews hauled in 9 of Peters’ passes for nearly 100 yards, and Carlos Monjaras lead the Eagles with 84 yards rushing on 16 carries.

    Next week, El Monte will host the South El Monte Eagles to determine this year’s Mission Valley League champions, as South El Monte has just one defeat. Gabrielino hosts the Arroyo Knights at Eagle Stadium in a contest to decide who will finish in third place. El Monte and Gabrielino both now have 7-2 records.

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