Size Matters: El Monte O-Line Paves Way in 26-20 Victory

The Alvarez Towers of El Rock!

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.

7 Comments to "Size Matters: El Monte O-Line Paves Way in 26-20 Victory"

  1. EMFan's Gravatar EMFan
    October 4, 2017 - 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Y’all some haters, these kids here are studs

  2. Rich Whittington's Gravatar Rich Whittington
    October 3, 2017 - 9:22 pm | Permalink

    I kept it PG rated at my boss’s collective requests.

  3. TWSS's Gravatar TWSS
    October 1, 2017 - 1:29 am | Permalink

    If you’re going to talk about size, you won’t have protection against jokes about being premature.

  4. Pac 5 Scout's Gravatar Pac 5 Scout
    September 30, 2017 - 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Like Alabama’s Lou Saban said about his recruiting process. “Big people eat little people”.

  5. Mr. Objective's Gravatar Mr. Objective
    September 30, 2017 - 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Lol. Thank you for your coverage.

    Yes, congratulations to EM for their victory. I’m sure they played well and were deserving of their win.

  6. Rich Whittington's Gravatar Rich Whittington
    September 30, 2017 - 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Wow!! My first heckler. Now I really feel like a member of the MVS staff.

    You have me at a disadvantage. You know who I am, but I don’t know your identity. The next time that I cover SEM, I hope that you will introduce yourself. I promise that I won’t bite.

    I do not think that I spoke prematurely. El Monte played well last night. They are a young team, with a new coach. Let’s let them enjoy their success.

    As for SEM, they are a great team, and are very well coached…as indicated by their success last season, and their record this year. They are playing at an extremely high level, and will obviously contend for the MVL crown.

    Thanks for the comment.

  7. Mr. Objective's Gravatar Mr. Objective
    September 30, 2017 - 11:20 am | Permalink

    Sorry Mr. Whittington, but your headline is premature. When El Monte faces SEM, your headline will be “Size Doesn’t Matter”. Or perhaps you’d prefer another cliche and use “speed kills”.

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