By Tim Peterson
(Covina) – Most teams run first to establish the pass. This year Arroyo is built to pass first and then run later and the Knights showed it again with a 27-9 win over Northview Friday night at Covina District Field.
Steven Rivera completed 11 of 18 for 189 yards and three touchdowns and more importantly no interceptions as he dissected the Northview secondary with pin point passes. He threw slants, outs and down the field when necessary. He completed passes of 24 and 50 yards to Anthony Miller and a 32 yard strike to Jeff Salazar.
“He made some real nice throws. He can throw the ball as deep as he wanted to throw it but sometimes we just wanted to move the chains,” Arroyo Coach Jim Singiser said of Rivera.
Defensively the Knights limited Northview’s attack. The Vikings kept feeding the ball to Kameron Germany on the ground and the senior responded with 196 yards on 34 carries. But Northview was unable to get the passing game going. Martin Arredondo completed nine of 15 for 56 yards.
It took Arroyo only 2:56 to get on the scoreboard. Rivera hit Chris Rodriguez on a 20 yard pass for a 7-0 lead on the Knights first possession.
They appeared to be ready to go up by two scores but the Vikings forced a Robert Thome fumble on their own 18 to halt the drive.
Northview then put together an 11 play 82 yard march of its own to get even in the second quarter. Arredondo hit Zack Ward on a 15 yard corner route in the end zone to cap it.
The Vikings coughed it up on their next possession and Mike Vasquez scooped it up and returned it to the Northview 10. Vasquez was then rewarded with a handoff and turned it into a ten yard touchdown run to put Arroyo up 14-7 at the break.
The Knights scored on their first two possessions of the second half to put the game out of reach. Rivera connected with Miller on a 24 yard TD strike and later finished a 65 yard six play drive with a four yard scoring toss to Sam Torres. The touchdown was set up by a 50 yard Rivera pass down the middle of the field to Miller.
Northview caught Rivera in the end zone late in the fourth for a safety to round out the scoring.
“We played four quarters of football,” Singiser said. “We had them down and didn’t let the back up.
Northview coach Jim Arellanes was impressed with Arroyo as well. “They made more plays than we did. That’s a great group over there,” he said. “But we’re going to get better. I’m going to keep saying that until the season is over if it takes that long. We’re going to improve and hopefully we’ll learn from tonight.”
Arroyo (2-0) will face Claremont at home next week while Northview (0-2) travels to Rowland.
N 0 7 0 2 9
A 7 7 13 0 27
A 9:04 Rodriguez 20 yd pass from Rivera (Rogelio Sotelo Kick)
N 4:51 Ward 15 yd pass from Arredondo (Kick Good)
A 2:20 Vasquez 10 yd run (Sotelo Kick)
A 5:48 Miller 24 yd pass from Rivera (Sotelo Kick)
A :33 Torres 4 yd pass from Rivera (Sotelo Kick)
N 3:18 Safety - Rivera tackled in end zone