Overtime is Knight Time; Arroyo CIF Champions!

Arroyo head coach Jim Singiser hoists the championship hardware!

Arroyo head coach Jim Singiser hoists the championship hardware!

 

By Tim Peterson

(El Monte) – Ernesto “Macho” Camacho hit Devin Knight in the corner of the end zone for a two point conversion in overtime to give Arroyo a dramatic 35-34 win over Rancho Mirage Saturday night at B.L. Bergstrom to win the CIF Division 12 championship.

After Rancho Mirage scored in OT for a 34-27 lead, Arroyo head coach Jim Singiser decided to go for two and the win if the Knights scored. Camacho, out of the shotgun, took the snap, rolled right and fired a low strike to a sprawling Knight who made the grab and sent the standing room only crowd into a frenzy.

Ernesto Camacho led the Knights to a CIF Title!

Ernesto Camacho led the Knights to a CIF Title!

“We decided if we get down there why screw around and keep trying to stop them? We’re two yards away from a CIF Championship. I like our guys from two yards or three yards,” Singiser said.

 

It was a two touchdown night for Yezdan Marquez!

It was a two touchdown night for Yezdan Marquez!

The Knights forced the overtime when Jesse Oritz booted a 41-yard field goal with 10:08 left in the fourth quarter. Rancho Mirage then drove down the field for what may have been the game winning march but was stopped at the Arroyo 19. Daniel Whelan, who had kicked two field goals for the Rattlers earlier in the contest, pushed a 36-yard attempt wide right.

Rancho Mirage took possession first in the OT and needed just one play to get the lead as Kyle Whitefield went 25 yards on a sweep around the right end for the score. The Knights used five plays to get in the end zone. Camacho scored on a one-yard run to cut it to 34-33. Arroyo called timeout and the decision was made to set up Camacho’s two point bullet to Knight.

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“There was no question at the end. We knew we were going to have a hard time stopping them. Jim (Singiser) made the decision to go for two and we had a play ready and thank God it worked,” said Arroyo offensive coordinator Chris MacMillan. “Right after they had scored Jim came to me and said if they do score get a two point play ready just because we didn’t want to draw this thing out. We wanted to end it right there if we could.”

Arroyo got on the board first marching right down the field 80 yards on the opening drive to go up 7-0. Camacho hit Yezdan Marquez with a 24-yard strike for the touchdown.

Rancho Mirage responded with a 31-yard field goal by Whelan to make it 7-3 after one. The Knights went up 14-3 early in the second quarter when Camacho hooked up with Marquez again for a nine yard scoring pass. Then the Rancho running attack started kicking into high gear.

A long kickoff return set up the Rattlers at the 50 yard line. On the first play of the series Whitefield got loose and went 50 yards for the score to cut it to 14-10. Whelan kicked a 26 yard field goal on the next possession and the Arroyo lead was just 14-13.

Arroyo pieced together a key drive just before the half. The Knights marched 80 yards on 11 plays with Camacho doing it himself from three yards out with four seconds left in the first half. Arroyo took a 21-13 lead into the break.

Rancho Mirage took its first lead of the game in the third quarter. Mason Ferrer took advantage of a missed Arroyo blocking assignment and scooped up a blocked punt and returned it three yards for a score.

Oritz answered with a 41-yard field goal for a four point advantage but Whitefield scored on a nine-yard run to cap a six-play, 67-yard drive and Rancho had its first advantage at  27-24.

Ortiz tied it in the fourth to set up the overtime.

Arroyo turned the ball over just once on the night as Camacho was picked off in the third quarter. Rancho Mirage coughed it up twice – both on fumbles.

Camacho finished the night 20 0f 32 for 230 yards and two touchdowns and one pick. He also rushed for 89 yards and a pair of scores. Marquez had three catches for 47 yards and two TDs and Knight caught five passes for 47 yards and the game winner. Steven Ocariz had 16 carries for 65 yards.

For Rancho Mirage Whitefield had 21 carries for 144 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback David Talley threw the ball only eight times and completed five for 70 yards. He rushed for 112 yards on 19 carries.

Arroyo (13-1) won the CIF title for the first time since 1986. It was the Knights first appearance in a championship game since 1991 and their fourth appearance overall.

It might be however, the most memorable one of all.

 

32 Comments to "Overtime is Knight Time; Arroyo CIF Champions!"

  1. Still crying's Gravatar Still crying
    December 7, 2016 - 12:25 am | Permalink

    oops
    “one” should have been “won”

  2. Still crying's Gravatar Still crying
    December 6, 2016 - 8:50 pm | Permalink

    @NWO
    You say, “Not a knock on Arroyo….” and then you say we wouldn’t have one in the past. We only won because of realignment. If you look at CIF champions for 2016,You will see 3 other former Mid Valley teams sporting the Championship hardware today. Maybe the MidValley Division wasn’t such a bad division after all
    If you want to see a local team in the state playoffs, I guess you’ll have to travel to La jolla. Otherwise you can watch the game on TV and cry about how your team would beat us by 60. If you watched us last Saturday,you would realize we beat a damn good football team. We are CIF champions and we will not give the title back and we won’t put an asterisk. in our record book.

  3. FaceTheFacts's Gravatar FaceTheFacts
    December 6, 2016 - 10:15 am | Permalink

    arroyo was in the mid valley division. Along with monster schools Monrovia, san dimas, CIF Champs Paraclete, and CIF champs Sierra Canyon, CIF Champs Valley Christian.

  4. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    December 6, 2016 - 10:06 am | Permalink

    Not a knock on Arroyo, but before division re-alignment they always got knocked out early.

  5. December 5, 2016 - 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Couldn’t happen to nicer, cleaner program. Let’s hope the new league MVP Doesn’t go the same route as last years! It’s like Norte Dame letting in all the thugs, sure you win… but you also make the news for thug stuff too! You keeping a certain kid but the best player on that team is 24 Marquez. He is explosive on offense and shuts down your best Wr.

  6. SGV411's Gravatar SGV411
    December 5, 2016 - 11:41 am | Permalink

    Congrats to Arroyo for earning that CIF Title and berth in the state playoffs. That is something that no one will ever be able to take away from those kids, coaches, school, families and community. Who cares whatever division it is, you can onl play the schools put in front of you and CIF makes the playoff divisions. To all these idiotic people posting on here, are all pathetic fans of schools that their schools cannot compete or make a run in the playoffs so they gotta bash on Arroyo or the smaller division schools. To the AMAT fans, yes we all know you’re D1, congrats on that, now go and try to compete in the playoffs. You guys wouldn’t win D2, and probably not even D3. So keep pumping your chest out there that you are the mighty AMAT and yes you guys would win the D12 championship. Hopefully that makes you feel better. Actually you guys will win D4-D13, so there you go feel good about that.

    Arroyo congrats again and enjoy this journey with all those involved, you guys are a class act and a hard nosed football program year after year.

  7. superman's Gravatar superman
    December 5, 2016 - 9:20 am | Permalink

    there is trash to talk about both type of schools the private are worse as they recruit and super illegally, same theme at all `private schools , tell kids what a dream they will live when they get recruited by D1 colleges, small schools fight in smaller divisions and play the same game recruit a bit, play players who shouldn’t be playing. (drugs, grades,address,) etc;etc; congrats Arroyo as its not the best team in the valley in the last ten years, you had better but luck of the draw and new alignment just gave you an easy playoff schedule, and please do not say it wasn’t easy? because if you had to go VS mountain view in covina , or CV, san dimas, monrovia, you would not be here , but hey you got the hardware and its great for you and you kids, expect a ton of kids from surrounding cities flocking to play for you,making up addresses ,while you start a successful run next couple of years your league competition will go down, Maybe its time you move to another league

  8. December 5, 2016 - 7:22 am | Permalink

    Kids may not flock from other cities to play at Arroyo but don’t kid yourself. Arroyo gets a lot of the kids that should go to the other school in league The Qb from Arroyo should be going to El Monte for example. how many Mt View kids are in Knight uniforms? No hate intended just pointing out the facts. Devin Knight is from the OC. So there’s one.

  9. FaceTheFacts's Gravatar FaceTheFacts
    December 5, 2016 - 2:50 am | Permalink

    Also kids are not flocking in from others cities to play football at arroyo liked they are at amat. No athletically motivated transfers. Just your local home grown El Monte boys.

  10. Spartan Nation's Gravatar Spartan Nation
    December 4, 2016 - 11:09 pm | Permalink

    CIF fan…..here is the difference between Arroyo and Amat……Amat kids have paid 7k to play while the Arroyo kids played for free and have a ring to show for it…Enjoy the off season.

  11. Olympians Fan's Gravatar Olympians Fan
    December 4, 2016 - 10:11 pm | Permalink

    Congrats Arroyo wasn’t there watching it but was watching it online. Great battle both teams played there heart out. I can say best game I seen all year. Great coaching great kids and great fans. Best of luck in state playoff game!!!

  12. @Bobbyknight's Gravatar @Bobbyknight
    December 4, 2016 - 9:48 pm | Permalink

    Please go…

  13. Annoymous's Gravatar Annoymous
    December 4, 2016 - 9:21 pm | Permalink

    Anything Past Division 6 doesn’t count

  14. CIF Fan's Gravatar CIF Fan
    December 4, 2016 - 8:52 pm | Permalink

    I was Refering to Bobby Knight’s comments . Congrats to Arroyo for Their CIF Championship. No disrespect a CIF Championship is a Great Accomplishment.

  15. Arroyo alum's Gravatar Arroyo alum
    December 4, 2016 - 7:47 pm | Permalink

    @cif fan you talk about Amat like they have done anything recently. They are a shell of there past, and remember that
    Arroyo has kids from the city of El Monte. They don’t have to recruit players to be competitive, If Arroyo can recruit like Amat they would be relevant in whatever division they were placed in. The coaching is the difference. In El Monte, we grow hard nose Mexican kids that just love to play and win!!! We may not be the biggest, but they will work there butt’s off to compete. Bottom line is, Arroyo is a CIF Champion!! Nobody can take that away!!

  16. Still no respect's Gravatar Still no respect
    December 4, 2016 - 6:24 pm | Permalink

    @cif fan
    We really don’t care if any team above division 6 would beat us because they aren’t going to get a chance to beat the Division 12 CIF champions. You can sit at home and cry that your team would beat us by 60, but as for me, I’ll be in La Jolla watching CIF CHAMPION ARROYO in the state playoff.

  17. To CIF Fan's Gravatar To CIF Fan
    December 4, 2016 - 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Why does that matter? Bishop Amat or any team above Division 6 in the playoffs should beat Arroyo! Why try and bring down a program? I don’t understand you comment, are you a Bishop Amat fan who sees that they can’t win a CIF championship in Division 1 or Division 2? There was no reason for the comment, keep your ignorant opinions to yourself! Let’s try and be positive for this group of young men and their coaching staff.

  18. CIF Fan's Gravatar CIF Fan
    December 4, 2016 - 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Not To Burst Your bubble arroyo fans. Amat or any Division Team above D6 would beat Arroyo by 60 Points. Congrats Though.

  19. December 4, 2016 - 2:57 pm | Permalink

    So proud of this team OMG… I dreamed it was possible months ago but to see it manifest over the of the year OMG!!!! Camacho and Marquez Ocariz and Carrillo DeLaO and Maxy boy just super proud of these guys! To the fans Bergstrom was rocking last night!!! One thing I’d like to point out is the about the staff… it’s not just a coaching staff, it’s truly a family with those guys. The way Jim treats his staff is simply amazing to see. He understands there’s not much money and he asks for impossible hours and treats like family. Class act all the way. Go Knights!!!! Say it with me everyone…..C-I-F CHAMPIONS!!!!

  20. pay attention,please's Gravatar pay attention,please
    December 4, 2016 - 2:40 pm | Permalink

    @ joe couch potato
    Clean your potato eyes… the 2pt conversion was GOOD!

  21. Joe Couch Potato's Gravatar Joe Couch Potato
    December 4, 2016 - 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Arroyo loses going for two!! Why? You are at home in front of a frenzied home town. Your kicker is nails. Why have the QB roll right, straight into the defensive end that has deflected 8 passes and sacked you 4 times. Why not pass over the middle where you have completed everything and has been soft all night? Why not go for 1 and live to fight and maybe win? But no Camacho rolls right and is sacked yet again. Boo Singheiser!!

  22. Bobby Knight's Gravatar Bobby Knight
    December 4, 2016 - 12:56 pm | Permalink

    To those that say Amat is the only team in the area that plays big boy football take a long look at this game on Fox tape replay. I don’t care if it was division 25, you will see two great high school teams playing their hearts out.If that isn’t big boy football you have the wrong idea about the game.It is not about Olympic speedsters or Sumo size lineman or D1 contracts or kids that have been groomed by personal trainers since birth.. It is about HEART and competing. That is big boy football. And glad to say the SGV plays big boy football in the form of Arroyo. Congrats!!

  23. Arroyo high grad's Gravatar Arroyo high grad
    December 4, 2016 - 11:50 am | Permalink

    @proud arroyo mom got to see your son play last week, he is special. He ranks up there with some of the best Arroyo Qb’s. Arroyo has had some good qbs, stay on him about grades and being a solid kid in the community, and he will be able to further his education in through football(scholarship). Congrats to your son and the whole team, Congrats coaches and the City of El Monte!! #CIFCHAMPS

  24. FaceTheFacts's Gravatar FaceTheFacts
    December 4, 2016 - 11:33 am | Permalink

    @LEGEND yes you are right. Thank you Mid Valley Sports for always covering and giving time to the little guys whether they are CIF champions or not. You have always been there and I will always be a loyal reader. Hats off to you and the amazing staff.

    From MVS Staff: Thanks again for the kind words!

  25. FBFan's Gravatar FBFan
    December 4, 2016 - 10:23 am | Permalink

    FridayKnights must still be partying if he hasn’t come home n here to gloat about the championship and tell us all he called it months ago. Congratulations Arroyo!

  26. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    December 4, 2016 - 10:03 am | Permalink

    No connection to the school whatsoever. It is always good to see an area team win it all. Congrats Arroyo Knights!

  27. Pat Sahagun's Gravatar Pat Sahagun
    December 4, 2016 - 7:56 am | Permalink

    Congratulations to Coach Singiser, his staff, Arroyo High School and the community. Enjoy every minute of it!

  28. Legend's Gravatar Legend
    December 4, 2016 - 7:21 am | Permalink

    Not only was this a great win for Arroyo but it was a great win for the Midvalley Sports as well. These sports writers have done so much for local high school football when other news outlets focus on bigger schools. Thank you guys for bringing us the best football coverage in the SGV.

    From MVS Staff: Thank you! We appreciate the kind words!

  29. Spartan Nation's Gravatar Spartan Nation
    December 4, 2016 - 3:49 am | Permalink

    Congrats Arroyo!

  30. Proud Arroyo Mom's Gravatar Proud Arroyo Mom
    December 4, 2016 - 2:35 am | Permalink

    Congratulations Arroyo Knights with a 35 to 34 win over Rancho Mirage Rattlers. Im a very proud mother of Ernesto Camacho #15. Both teams ayed a wonderful game. 2016 CIF Champs Arroyo Knights…

  31. Bottom Line's Gravatar Bottom Line
    December 4, 2016 - 12:46 am | Permalink

    I congratulate coach Singiser, his staff and the Arroyo team on this great championship victory. Enjoy this to the max, and if a berth in the state tourney presents itself, best of luck with that.

  32. LOCKS?????'s Gravatar LOCKS?????
    December 4, 2016 - 12:28 am | Permalink

    @locks of the week
    Locks of the week
    December 1, 2016 – 11:19 pm | Permalink
    Your locks of the week are: Rancho Mirage, Los Altos and Edison. My upset picks are: CDM and The Bank.
    Who you picking next week? I need to make some bets.

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