(Whittier) – Aaron Cantu threw four touchdown passes and Abraham Gonzalez scored twice to lead Schurr to a 28-23 win over California Thursday night on the Condors home field.
Gonzalez also picked off a pass late in the fourth quarter to halt Cal’s possible go ahead drive. The Condors got the ball back at their own 15 with 3:59 left in the contest. They picked up a first down as they moved the ball to the 30. But after a two yard loss quarterback Drew Castro fired a pass that Gonzalez stepped in front of at the Cal 43.
All Schurr needed was a first down and a couple of kneel downs to end it.
“He’s a senior leader that has really stepped up for us,” said Schurr Coach Ben Negrete of Gonzalez. “He really carried the load for us tonight.”
On the offensive side of the ball Gonzalez hauled in two touchdown receptions from Cantu. The first one came with 33 seconds left in the first half to give Schurr a 21-14 advantage. He caught a swing pass in the right flat and sprinted 15 yards for the score.
The second one proved to be the game winner. Schurr was buried deep in its own end. The Spartans started at their own five yard line and moved it to the 15 for a first down. On second down Cantu hit Gonzalez with a simple screen pass over the middle. Gonzalez shook off a couple tackles after the catch and broke into the secondary. He cut to the near sideline and broke one more tackle down near the ten yard line before crossing the goal line for an 85 yard touchdown. The score put Schurr up 28-16 with 18 seconds left in the third quarter and the Spartans held on.
Gonzalez caught four passes for 134 yards and two scores. He had 17 carries for 62 yards to go along with the pick.
Cantu completed 20 of 28 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns without an interception.
Cantu fired a 24 yard strike to Alejandro Castro on the Spartans first drive for a 7-0 Schurr lead. Early in the second quarter he tossed a picture perfect rainbow to Chris Chiaromonte in the left corner for a 33 yard touchdown for a 14-6 lead.
“Aaron’s been consistent for us all year. He’s always making big plays. He’s doing exactly what we want him to do,” Negrete said.
Cal answered the Spartans first score with a seven play, 57 yard drive. Castro ran the final 24 yards himself. Cal still trailed 7-6 when the extra point was blocked.
Castro hit Maximo Gonzales on a 41 yard touchdown pass in the second to finish a four play march. Castro threw to wide open David Manzano in the end zone for a two point conversion to tie it at 14.
A bad snap by Schurr on a punt attempt led to a Cal safety in the third quarter to get the Condors within 21-16.
After Cantu and Gonzalez connected on the 85 yard screen pass for a score, Maximo Gonzales caught his second touchdown of the night for Cal with 6:46 left. Castro hit him for a 17 yard score.
Gonzalez (Abraham) then came up with the interception to finally squash Cal’s hopes.
Castro rushed for 47 yards and threw for 129 yards and a pair of scores for California.
Schurr improved to 2-2 on the year while Cal dropped to 0-4.
“I’m wouldn’t say I’m happy with where we are but I’m not disappointed either. I’d say we are about where we want to be but we still have some things to work on,” Negrete said.
The Spartans will travel to St. Paul next week. Cal is home against Montebello.
S 7 14 7 0 28
C 6 8 2 7 16
S 4:13 Alejandro Castro 24 yd pass from Cantu (Gustavo Tiatebchi Kick)
C: 11 Drew Castro 24 yd run (Kick Blocked)
S 9:32 Chiaromonte 33 yd pass from Cantu (Tiatebchi Kick)
C 7:33 Maximo Gonzales 41 yd pass from Castro (Manzano pass from Castro- 2 pt)
S :33 Gonzalez 15 yd pass from Cantu (Tiatebchi Kick)
C 8:51 Safety
S :18 Gonzalez 85 yd screen pass from Cantu (Tiatebchi Kick)
C 6:46 Gonzalez 17 yd pass from Castro (Nick Escalante Kick)