By Tim Peterson
(Montebello) – Schurr opened up a two score lead in the second half and then had to hold on for a 38-35 win over Montebello Friday night before a packed house at Heamon Field.
The game was tied at 14 at the half but the Spartans came out in the third quarter and took control. They pieced together 10-play, 53-yard drive with Sebastian Ramos scoring from three yards out for a 21-14 lead.
After a Montebello punt Schurr went to work again. This time the Spartans needed only eight plays to go 80 yards. Ramos found the end zone again, this time on a seven-yard jaunt. The extra point was missed but Schurr was was up 27-14.
Gabriel Tapia, who returned last week after an injury kept bringing the Oilers back. He led Montebello on an 80-yard drive and finished it with a 10-yard TD strike to Bryan Martinez to cut the lead to 27-21 with 7:31 left in the contest.
The Spartans responded again. Ramos picked up his third of the night on a nine-yard run to cap a 57-yard march. Miguel Aguero hit Lance Babb for a two point conversion to make it 35-21.
The ensuing kickoff sealed the Oilers fate. They coughed it up and the Spartans fell on the fumble at the Montebello 17. The Oilers managed to hold Schurr to a field goal but Francisco Remigio split the uprights from 29 yards out for a 38-21 advantage with 3:44 remaining.
The Oilers had one one last run in them. Less than two minutes later Tapia hit Steven Chee on a 30-yard touchdown pass over the middle to get Montebello within ten.
Schurr was forced to punt and when the kick was partially blocked Montebello had the ball its own 39. A 42-yard run by Tapia set up a one-yard plunge by Kris Rodriguez and it was 38-35. It was too little too late however and with 29 seconds left Schurr fell on the onside kick.
One kneel down later, the Spartans were in celebration mode.
Montebello scored first. A 73-yard run by Mykael Loera set up a two-yard run by Rodriguez in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead. Schurr tied it on 14-yard touchdown pass from Aguero to Babb.
A 96-yard drive capped by four-yard pass from Aguero to Remigio gave Schurr a 14-7 advantage. Montebello tied it with 3:11 left the half on a five-yard run by Rodriguez.
Aguero finished with 271 yards and two touchdowns. Ramos rushed for 117 yards and two scores for Schurr.
Tapia threw for 130 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 85 yards in a losing cause for Montebello.
“It was an amazing game that we played and put together. We knew this thing was going to be a nail biter,” said Schurr Head Coach David Ramos. “We knew we were going to come back in the second half and make this thing a game. But we just talked about fighting through it. They’re champions and they’re going to work there way through it until we take it from them.”
It was the first time Schurr had beaten the Oilers since 2012. Schurr improved to 6-1 with the victory and has the inside track on the Almont League title at 2-0. Montebello fell to 1-1 and 4-3.