By Tim Peterson
(El Monte) – Arroyo jumped out to a ten point lead early, shut out Schurr in the second half and went on to beat the Spartans 31-10 Friday night at B.L. Bergstrom Stadium.
The Knights played a clean game turning the ball over just once in the first half on an interception on a great play by the Schurr defensive back.
After Arroyo turned the ball over on their first drive the Knights went to work on the second. After a short punt the Knights marched 46 yards on four plays with Ernesto Camacho sprinting the final 30 yards for a touchdown.
On their next drive Jesse Ortiz booted a 26-yard field for a ten point advantage.
Schurr responded early in the second quarter when Sebastian Ramos went over a from a yard out to cap a 58-yard drive to cut the lead to 10-7.
Arroyo answered right back with an 80-yard drive that Antonio Nava capped a with a one-yard plunge to put the Knights up by ten.
Francisco Remigio kicked a 25-yard field goal with just over three minutes left in the half to make it 17-10 at the break.
The Knights established control in the second half. Schurr went three and out on their first two possessions. Arroyo took a two touchdown lead late in the third. Camacho fired a 13-yard touchdown strike to Rey Cotero over the middle who beat the defender on slant pattern.
Arroyo put it away in the fourth quarter on a two-yard run by Daniel Mendoza to cap a 74-yard drive.
Schurr turned the ball over on their last two possessions. The Spartans drove down to the Arroyo 39 yard in in the fourth only to fumble it away on a bad snap. On their next series Mario Urbina picked off Schurr quarterback Miguel Aguero and that was all she wrote.
“After 22 penalties last week we had to take care of the ball and we had to limit the dumb penalties. I don’t mind if we’re going hard rather than standing around and watch plays happen,” said Arroyo head coach Jim Singiser. “We knew we had to clean up some stuff. We could not give them 200 free yards or extra possessions. I thought we did a pretty good job of that. Defensively it’s tough. They (Schurr) spread you out and they have a lot of weapons. Our kids played disciplined football. They didn’t over pursue. Our whole goal was just contain, contain, contain. Keep them inside and not let them get to the edges.”
Camacho completed 19 of 25 for 244 yards and a touchdown. He did have the one interception by Michael Torres in the first quarter. Camacho also rushed for 32 yards and a score. Steven Ocariz ran for for 52 yards and had eight catches for 69 yards.
But the defense was really the story. They forced three Schurr turnovers and never allowed the Spartans to find a rhythm. Aguero threw for 158 yards and Lance Babb caught 10 passes for 83 yards but nobody else did much damage.
It was a difficult week for Arroyo leading up to the game with the news that offensive coordinator Chris MacMillan’s father passed away Wednesday.
“It was a rough week. It would have been rough win or lose. We were a little screwed up Wednesday when we found out and coach wasn’t here. We have plenty of good coaches and they took over the offense but it wasn’t the same,” Singiser said. “It just kind of brings it home to everybody, myself included, losing my dad a couple years back and Coach Chuck the same thing. I’m happy for coach that we got the win. The best medicine is to get out here and be with the kids and then focus on Schurr and the things that really aren’t important take your mind off the things that are.”
Arroyo improved to 3-0 with the victory while the Spartans dropped to 2-1.