(Montebello)- Schurr picked the right time to have its best game of the season. The Spartans were nearly perfect on both sides of the ball as they dominated Baldwin Park 31-7 Friday night in the first round of the CIF Mid-Valley Division playoffs.
Aaron Cantu threw for 304 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Chris Jordan caught three passes for 149 yards and two scores.
Both of the Cantu’s touchdown passes came off of short screen passes. On the first one Jordan made the reception, broke a tackle and turned it into a 52 yard touchdown to give Schurr a 14-0 lead late in the second quarter.
The play was significant because the Spartans had stopped Baldwin Park on its previous series on a fourth and goal from the two yard line. Quarterback Mario Rodriguez was stonewalled at the one by Albert “Rhino” Perez and the Schurr front line.
From there Schurr needed just seven plays to go 99 yards with the screen pass to Jordan finishing it.
After BP was stopped again on its next series Schurr got the ball back with over a minute left in the half. Cantu then engineered the team down to the Brave seven yard line where Gustavo Tlatebchi booted a 23 yard field goal with no time remaining for a 17-0 halftime advantage.
Schurr’s first score came on its first possession when Alejandro Castro capped a 78 yard march with a 15 yard run.
Early in the second half, the Spartans drove the nail in the coffin. The nail was courtesy of the Cantu- Jordan connection again. After the Spartans took over at their own 37, Cantu hit Jordan on a screen pass on the first play from scrimmage. Jordan again shrugged off a couple of would be tacklers and raced 63 yards for the score for a 24-0 lead. With 10:07 still left in the third quarter, there would normally be plenty of time for a rally. But with Schurr’s defense clamping down it was lights out.
The Spartans increased the lead to 31-0 early in the fourth on a four yard run by Abraham Gonzalez.
BP, aided by numerous penalties, finally broke though with 5:49 left on a 15 yard touchdown pass from Rodriguez to Samuel Guillen.
The Schurr defense led by Perez and linebacker Eric Garcia continually shut down Baldwin Park. Rodriguez threw for 90 yards and rushed for 57 but after that the offense was stagnant. Guillen caught four balls for 45 yards.
“Perez has been the best football player in the field for the last three or four weeks,” said Schurr Coach Ben Negrete. “He’ll beat you when you even when he’s double teamed.”
Schurr came into the game having lost to San Gabriel the week before while allowing 38 points.
‘I think the loss last week was definitely a wake up call,” Negrete said.
Next week the Spartans will travel to Monrovia to face the Wildcats in the second round. Monrovia took care of Gladstone 42-3.
BP 0 0 0 7 7
S 7 10 7 7 31
S 6:46 Castro 15 yd run (Tlatebchi Kick)
S 2:47 Jordan 52 yd pass from Cantu (Tlatebchi Kick)
S :00 Tlatebchi 23 yd FG
S 10:07 Jordan 63 yd pass from Cantu (Tlatebchi Kick)
S 11:08 Gonzalez 4 yd run (Tlatebchi Kick)
BP 5:49 Guillen 15 yd pass from Rodriguez (Jaime Toscano Kick)