By Rich Whittington
(South El Monte- The Swamp)
The South El Monte Eagles proved that age and experience wins over youthful enthusiasm, as the Eagles shut out the visiting El Monte Lions, 28-0 Friday evening in the annual Griffin Bowl.
South El Monte, led by a roster full of seniors, opened the scoring with 1:26 remaining in the first quarter of play. Senior Running Back Sal Tovar ran 36 yards for the first touchdown. However, the majority of the Eagles’ scoring was accomplished through the air. Senior quarterback Daniel Olmos connected for three scores… finding Senior Richard Nava for a 60-yard touchdown, Senior Samuel Figueroa for a 14-yard strike, and Sophomore Marco Montoya for a 74-yard scoring completion.
The Eagle seniors also excelled defensively, with linebacker Mark Sosa registering a sack for a 13-yard loss, while cornerback Ernesto Estrada recovered an El Monte fumble.
The Lions, who never really got on track, did have success running the ball. El Monte, a team which is comprised primarily of underclassmen, gained over 200 yards on 50 carries.
With the win, South El Monte (8-1, 4-1 in Mission Valley League play), virtually assured themselves of a second place MVL finish, and a spot in the CIF playoffs. The Eagles will finish their league season by traveling to Marshall next Friday. The game will be played at Pasadena High School. El Monte, (5-4, 3-2 in the Mission Valley League), will finish its league season by hosting the Rosemead Panthers. This game will also take place on Friday night. The location is to be determined. Kickoff for both contests is 7:00 PM.