By Rich Whittington
(El Monte)—El Monte High School proved that size does matter, as a pair of offensive lineman—both standing over 6-4 and weighing in excess of 270 pounds each—provided the appropriate protection to allow the Lions offense to produce over 300 yards in a 26-20 victory over cross-town rival Mountain View Friday evening at Vikings Stadium.
El Monte’s “Twin Towers,” twin brothers Christian and Christopher Alvarez, are intimidating figures. Christopher, the smaller of the pair, measuring 6-4 and 270 pounds. His “big” brother, Christian, is 6-5, and tips the scales at 295. These two anchor an offensive line that opened gaping holes and allowed no sacks over four quarters.
The Lions opened the scoring with a touchdown pass from quarterback Nathan Velasquez to tight end Luis “Shrek” Valerio. Running back Abel Cueva, the evening’s primary offensive weapon, carried the ball 25 times for 132 yards and two rushing scores. Cueva also caught a touchdown pass from running back Marcos Figueroa. The remainder of the Lions’ scoring came on a successful two-point after attempt.
Mountain View’s scoring was provided, in total, by fullback Juan Medina. Medina rushed for 74 yards, including touchdown runs of 2, 12, and 17-yards. Additionally, Medina converted Mountain View’s one successful two-point after attempt.
El Monte’s next contest is scheduled for 10/6/17. The Lions host the Marshall Eagles at Mountain View High School Also on 10/6/17; Mountain View travels to Rosemead to take on the Panthers. Kickoff for both games is scheduled for 7:00 PM.