Southmen Run to 2-0

“The Devil’s Herd” of South El Monte…

By Joe Torosian

(South El Monte)—The South El Monte Eagles scored five first half touchdowns, scored another in the second half and ran to a 42-0 victory over La Puente on Friday night at The Swamp on the campus of South El Monte High School.

The Southmen had six possessions in the first half, and after spotting the Warriors and early turnover (a fumble on their second offensive play), they scored on their next six possessions.

South HC, Frank Gallardo said after last season the Eagles wanted to diversify offensively. This would have a double benefit of keeping Sal Tovar fresh throughout the season as well as exploit the talents of quarterback Daniel Olmos.

The senior signal caller went 28-yards across the middle to wide receiver Richard “Sticks” Nava and came right back to him on the next play on a 40-yard bomb to the end zone.

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So it was time to go back to Tovar, right? Sorry Hans, wrong guess. Instead, the Eagles gave the ball to Jarvis Godinez their next possession.

Godinez went 18-yards on a pass from Olmos. Then, four plays later ripped through the LP defense for a 29-yard touchdown run.

Gaspar Beltran continued (and would continue) to add the extra-points, and for now, it was 14-0.

After three different players excelled with the ball, Gallardo went back to Tovar. The senior ground gainer scored on a 21-yard touchdown run and followed it with a 77-yard scoring run.

Then with 2:43 to play in the half, Godinez went 50-yards to paydirt.

The second half was played with a running clock…And Tovar started the Eagles end of the third quarter with a 72-yard scoring run called back on a penalty. A couple of minutes later, he was forced to settle for a 46-yard touchdown sprint.

La Puente turned the ball over on downs twice and punted six times in between. The Warriors were suffocated by the Eagles defense. Mark Sosa recorded a sack, Tovar broke up a pass and the rest of the unit swarmed to the ball.

The defense was solid, the offensive diversified and what made everything for Frank Gallardo team was his offensive line.

Anthony Hernandez, Sergio Jimenez, Anthony Gomez, Javier Martinez and Fernando Flores, “The Devil’s Herd,” plowed the road and made all things possible in Week One of the 2017 season.

Including 436 yards of total offensive…Olmos completing 7 of 7 passes for 118-yards and a touchdown…Tovar rushing for 207 yards on 8 carries…Godinez combining for over 100-yards rushing and receiving.

South host’s Walnut next week. While La Puente, now 1-1, gets a much needed week off before facing Hacienda Heights Wilson at home on September 15.

10 Comments to "Southmen Run to 2-0"

  1. superman's Gravatar superman
    September 6, 2017 - 2:30 pm | Permalink

    congrats SEM , a win is a win, and you didn’t schedule down the opponents you faced are at your caliber, unlike Cathedral who schedules with teams 10 or more divisions lower than them.

  2. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    September 4, 2017 - 7:29 pm | Permalink

    I laughed when frank got the job, his knowledge is so limited I thought he’d be a frosh coach at best. But he’s had a little success, heard he has a great staff. Curious to see if those guys stick around and how he’ll fair without them. I think he’ll get exposed as soon as those guys leave. Only time will tell.

  3. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    September 4, 2017 - 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Schurr

  4. September 4, 2017 - 12:16 am | Permalink

    70’s Haircut!!! ROTF LMAO…. funny. Before anyone starts anointing SEM the team to beat in MVL Don’t forget big brother is about 5 miles north. Arroyo is the squad until proven otherwise. Before anyone starts talking about Frank Gallardo remember theres Jim Singiser who is 2-0 vs Gallardo with combined scores of 92-14! so easy there. The one ace is Mike Mooney actually has a winning record vs his baldness. EMC (Ernesto “Macho Camacho) and Sal Tovar are the two best players in league and it aint even close. but I will say that scheme wise the league should be good. one thing you must be is physically tough to beat a mountain view or El Monte. October 6th is gonna be fun for sure and it might decide the league champs but I do think the Vikings and lions will eek a win they probably shouldn’t win. that would make things really interesting. I’m really looking forward to Arroyo vs Schurr this week… who yall got???

  5. Really?'s Gravatar Really?
    September 3, 2017 - 9:36 am | Permalink

    South El Monte opened up against Alhambra and La Puente…really! Lets just wait and see how they do against some tougher opponents…oh wait that won’t be until league and league toughness means Arroyo! Please, schedule up! There are local teams South can play that will challenge them; EL Rancho, Whittier, maybe Nogales. Anybody…somebody better than the slappy’s we are playing!

  6. Rowland's Gravatar Rowland
    September 3, 2017 - 2:08 am | Permalink

    This Lp program has gone downhill. They need to get a new staff cause these guys are not keeping up with the warrior traditions of winning! It’s sad to see a program go down hill.

  7. Sparta's Gravatar Sparta
    September 3, 2017 - 1:12 am | Permalink

    Would like to see a rematch of the pre season scrimmage in the playoffs with Schurr and south El Monte, match up was one sided see what adjustments south El Monte would make.
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  8. MVLStud's Gravatar MVLStud
    September 2, 2017 - 10:50 pm | Permalink

    60s haircut. Lmao I know who you’re talking about

  9. FridayknightTights's Gravatar FridayknightTights
    September 2, 2017 - 10:11 pm | Permalink

    Geez you’re pathetic…. You’re probably that freshmen coach at arroyo with the 60’s haircut still waiting for his shot to get on Singisers staff.

  10. September 2, 2017 - 9:14 pm | Permalink

    I actually paid to watch this game.
    First I will say that anyone who thinks South El Monte is not a good football team I’d ask why? Second thing of note the Eagles have some weapons this year and it looks like they are using them. Third point is Tovar is playing Defense this year. LP was never in this game whatsoever. Defensively the Eagles have made massive improvements they fly to the football. Looks like Gallardo finally has his group in order. Offensively let’s get one thing straight here there’s a reason why the QB has open receivers there’s a reason the other backs break off big runs that’s because everyone’s game plan is to stop number 3! 8 carries and over 200 yards holy bat man! #10 Def End. not sure of his name but kid is in the backfield seemingly every snap. Eagles are good not sure that’s up for discussion. But are they good enough to beat the Knights…. NO! No way. Those other kids are gonna have to play out of their minds to beat us. Good game just like last year but in the end to much coaching too much too to bottom talent. Can’t believe I’m defending the Eagles here lmfao.

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