Chiefs Dodge Dons

By Alex Gonzalez

(Pico Rivera) — With 42 seconds left to play in regulation, Santa Fe defensive back Sergio Medrano picked off Jacob Rodriguez’ pass on the 5-yard line to seal the 30-27 win Friday night at El Rancho High School.

Following intermission, the Dons and Chiefs were knotted at 14. El Rancho struck first to start the game when Marcos Weeks capped off a six-play drive when he took the direct snap and bulldozed his way into the end zone.

Santa Fe was able to return the favor on the following possession when Alan Jackson punched his ticket for six with 3:18 left in the first quarter. After an El Rancho punt, the Chiefs went to the passing game led by Christian Tolar who completed 4 of his 5 pass attempts in the drive. Once Santa Fe was within striking distance, Tolar handed the ball off to Javier Valdivia on the fly sweep for the 5-yard touchdown run.

Just before the teams went into the locker room for halftime, El Rancho went back to its running game with Weeks and Daniel Lopez who helped tie the game at 14 with a 14-play drive that ended with Lopez walking into the end zone with 43 seconds left in the second frame.

After the break, both teams continued to score with ease. With Santa Fe starting the half with the ball, they went no huddle and had Tolar do all the work. After a 40-yard completion that brought the Chiefs to the five-yard line, Tolar took it himself and scored on the quarterback sneak.

The Dons punched right back on the ensuing possession. With the combination of Weeks and Lopez, the two carried the load for El Rancho with Weeks ending the 11-play drive with an 18-yard touchdown run. However, after the score, El Rancho couldn’t convert on the PAT and trailed the Chiefs 21-20 midway through the third.

Early in the fourth quarter, Santa Fe started to pull away after the offense needed two plays to score the team’s fourth touchdown of the night. Starting on the El Rancho 45, Jackson started the drive with a 37-yard run. On next play, he took the handoff again and scored from 8-yards out.

Then the El Rancho special teams gave two more points to the Chiefs when the snap sailed over Steve Acuña’s head and into the back of the end zone for a safety.

With the score at 30-20 late in the fourth, Rodriguez found Jonathan Hernandez running the wheel route who took it the distance for the 55-yard touchdown. After the made PAT, the lead was down to three with 3:07 left to play.

With a lucky bounce, the Dons were able to recover an onside kick at the Santa Fe 47. Rodriguez was able to gain positive yards pushing the Chiefs defense back. But, with 42 seconds left, Medrano picked off Rodriguez’ pass at the 5-yard line closing the door on a Don comeback.

9 Comments to "Chiefs Dodge Dons"

  1. Area Football Fan's Gravatar Area Football Fan
    October 22, 2017 - 1:48 pm | Permalink

    ER always plays Santa Fe Tough!! Its something about playing on that field that gives SF a had time!! Regardless the boys of The Ranch always plays tough, unfortunately someone has to lose. This was a trap game for SF and they almost lost!! Give credit where credit is due, El Rancho is a good team despite their record.

  2. ER Pops's Gravatar ER Pops
    October 21, 2017 - 9:00 pm | Permalink

    I don’t see anyone talking “smack” on these blogs from ER. If anything all we read this week was that Santa Fe was going to dominate and roll over our Dons. From the posts I read from actual ER people was that we needed to step up this week and Santa Fe was going to be a tough game. And it will be no different this week. La Serna will be a tough game but as others has said before our boys will be ready for a battle. Our boys are not going to give up. YOU can talk all the “smack” you want kid. Who is your team anyways? Since you care so much about ours

  3. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    October 21, 2017 - 8:08 pm | Permalink

    No one hates on ER but when you talk smack and you cant back it up you are setting yourself up (deleted)

  4. ER Pops's Gravatar ER Pops
    October 21, 2017 - 6:18 pm | Permalink

    I love all these ER haters. Nothing better to do than hate and hide behind a screen name. We stand w our boys and our program no matter what. My son and the rest of our boys will rebound and be ready for La Serna

  5. The last we hear of er!!'s Gravatar The last we hear of er!!
    October 21, 2017 - 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Bottom feeders in denial!!

  6. PR's Gravatar PR
    October 21, 2017 - 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Yes ultimately it’s wins and losses, however ER is playing some good football just needs to figure out how to close out games. ER doesn’t have the horses yet and I’ve said that for a while on this site.

  7. ???'s Gravatar ???
    October 21, 2017 - 2:17 pm | Permalink

    Where did ER18 go? I cant wait until he comes on and says “we are getting better”…well unfortunately bud, the game is only looked at by wins and losses. Whats your next line???? Wait till next year? LOL

  8. PR's Gravatar PR
    October 21, 2017 - 1:20 pm | Permalink

    What do you want to hear? ER once again in position to win the game with a minute left and turned the ball over. Santa Fe is a good team, lots of size and speed especially on the perimeter, they beat La Serna 22-7 for a reason. The difference in the game was a bad snap to miss a pat and a snap over the punters head to give them a safety therefore a 3 point difference.

  9. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    October 21, 2017 - 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Cricket.. cricket …crickets 😨

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