By Tim Peterson
(Covina) – Despite a multitude of flags that littered the field throughout the contest, Covina routed Montclair 49-20 Thursday night at Covina District Field.
The Colts ran out to a 35-7 halftime lead and had a running clock in the fourth quarter after going up 49-14 at the end of three. It could have been worse though for the Cavaliers. Covina had two long touchdowns called back in the first half – one in the first quarter and one on the second due to holding penalties. They also were hit with a couple of personal fouls and illegal motion penalties.
“Every time we broke off a big play I was looking around for a flag,” said Covina Head Coach Joe Brown.
The flags did create a slight detour for the Colts but ultimately they did run away from an outmanned Montclair team.
The game was filled with big plays on both sides. The Colts went up 7-0 on a 58-yard screen pass that went for a touchdown from Nin Burns II to Danny Urrea mid-way through the first quarter.
After a Covina touchdown was called back the Colts struck again as they put together a 12-play, 53 yard drive with Ailaoa Tauvao scoring from four yards out early in the second quarter. Later in the quarter Urrea got his second of the night after a Burns interception set up the Colts at the Montclair 28. Urrea scored on a 7-yard run six plays later for a 21-0 lead.
Montclair put up a small murmur of protest on a 29-yard touchdown pass by Nathan Venegas that was tipped and caught in the endzone with 2:55 left in the first half.
The Colts then blitzed the Cavs for two quick scores. First Burns found Matthew Mannino deep for a 58-yard scoring strike. Mannino caught it in stride and outran the secondary. Then Montclair coughed up the ball on the ensuing kickoff and the Colts set up shop at the Cavalier 37. Tristan Sprague hauled in a 24-yard touchdown pass from Burns four plays later. The 14 points came within a matter of 30 seconds and effectively put the game on ice at the break.
Burns scored on an 8-yard scramble and then hooked up with Sprague again- this time for 31 yards in the third quarter to add a little gravy.
Montclair managed two more scores of their own including a 92-yard pass play from Venegas to Kamryn McLaughlin early in the third.
Burns finished with 299 yards passing and four touchdowns and a touchdown rushing. Sprague had 7 receptions for 99 yards and two scores and Urrea had 5 for 89 and a touchdown receiving and one rushing. Erik Cuellar led the team in rushing with 174 yards on 24 carries.
For Montclair Venegas threw for 245 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception and also ran for a score.
Covina improved to 3-1 with the victory while Montclair fell to 2-1.