Santa Disappoints South, 35-14

Sal Tovar and the Eagles fall in the semis.

By Joe Torosian

(South El Monte)—South El Monte owned the third quarter…And if it could have ended there all would be right with the Southmen—but it didn’t. Santa Maria took a 21-0 lead at the half and worked it for a 35-14 victory on Friday night at The Swamp in the Division-12 Semifinals.

The game begins and ends with Saints quarterback, Blake Truhitte. The Doug Flutie of the Northern League, Truhitte rushed for 187 yards and four touchdowns and passed for 153 yards and another score in a dominant performance.

Truhitte scored on a 4-yard run to finish the game’s opening drive. Nine minutes later he scored again on a 43-yard run to paydirt. And just when it looked like the Eagles were going to get out of the first half down by only two scores…Truhitte went 56-yards over the top on a third and twelve to Jonathan Ramos to make it a 21-0 game.

In the third quarter, South El Monte came to life. Sal Tovar (19/132) on the second play of the half went 58-yards to the end zone to get the Eagles on the board. Then after forcing a punt, the Southmen took over at their own three and went on the march.
South quarterback, Daniel Olmos (9-26-114yds Td-Int) converted a third and seven with a 24-yard run. Six plays later Olmos went to Jarvis Godinez down the middle for a 34-yard fame and then, one play later, hit Godinez for 11-yard score to make it 21-14.

Like an alarm clock sounding that it was time to go back to work…Truhitte and company put back on their hard hats and closed out the game with a pair of scores in the fourth quarter. Those scores were runs of 11 and 17-yards by the Saints quarterback.

The victory improved Santa Maria’s record to 9-4 and earned them a championship date with Big Bear. South El Monte finishes 11-2 for the second consecutive season. The 22-4 stretch is the best in school history.

22 Comments to "Santa Disappoints South, 35-14"

  1. Shiny hardware's Gravatar Shiny hardware
    November 27, 2017 - 11:10 pm | Permalink

    Idk about y’all but my ring has made good topic at a job interview and got me out of a ticket… Lol

  2. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 26, 2017 - 6:50 pm | Permalink

    His breakdown was 1000xs better than you crap you just spewed

  3. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 26, 2017 - 6:48 pm | Permalink

    Fridaynights, the HC is the DC lol. And finally good to see if a fan is gonna criticize the coach atleast come with some valid points and insight not just say “Run the ball” or my favorite “make adjustments” but you actually know what your talking about. Kudos

  4. ArroyoMom's Gravatar ArroyoMom
    November 26, 2017 - 11:25 am | Permalink

    @SGV Insider… Oh and i will not be responding to any response You may have… Dont get it “twisted” you did not shut me up… I just got more important things to do than to hear your stupidity… Word of advice, life is short, get of that “ignorant train” and smell the roses… 😘

  5. ArroyoMom's Gravatar ArroyoMom
    November 26, 2017 - 10:56 am | Permalink

    @SGVINSIDER…Again genius… Comments on this blog are mostly from “adults” the actual players arnt the ones on here…. Have you ever had a convo with any of the players??… Can you honestly say you have heard for yourself with your own big ears that you have heard them running their mouths??… Obviously everywhere there can be a bad apple or two, NO ONE is perfect… Im sure as “perfect” as u make urslef sound you have slipped once or twice… Or maybe my tax dollars have been used to support your a@@… I personally know a hand full of the boys on team and they are repsectfull young men…. The world is filled with opinions some good and some bad.. I just find it hard to undertsnad why an adult feels the need to make himself feel big and bad by talking down to “kids”. And if none of this matters like u say… Then why do u continue to go on here and follow the blog… Why do u continue to comment on it… Save us all from your stupidity and go make that “cash” so you can be taxed to support screw ups!!… And ya sure you would talk the big talk in person… Ha ha ha… Real tough guy…. Get a life ✌

  6. Sgv Insider's Gravatar Sgv Insider
    November 26, 2017 - 5:57 am | Permalink

    @Arroyomom, KmightWatch, Fridayknights,
    Ask your kids to show their rings at a job interview. Or maybe when the interview for college. Or perhaps when the police pulls them over for something. Then you’ll see how much that ring is worth. All 3 of you missed the point. Teach your kids some humility. You pump them up like their NFL stars. That attitude will get them nowhere in life. No one would say anything about Arroyo if you would keep your mouth shut and just let them play. But nooooooo !!!!! You have to run your mouth. We’ll guess what geniuses. Your kids respond and act just like you. And when the real world knocks them down. They will not know how to respond. Then the rest of us will have to support them. And I can think of better things to spend my tac dollars on. And yes, I would have the stones to say to your face.

  7. Sgv Insider's Gravatar Sgv Insider
    November 26, 2017 - 5:49 am | Permalink

    That is exactly the problem!!!! That’s not what coaching is about. It’s about making positive impact on kids lives. Turning boys into men. Prepared for what life is going to throw at them. Not win championships. A ring lasts one year. The other lessons last forever. I’m surprised by your comment. When you and Joe T were trolling the passing circuit back in the day looking for quotes and some insight into the coming season I don’t think you heard many coaches say, ” It’s all about the ring “.. seriously doubt it. Yet know you post that ridiculous comment. You forget many of us know you Tim. And we never thought that you would promote that kind of nonsense.
    From T. Peterson: Sure it’s about those things but it’s also working hard to try to win. Please name one coach that doesn’t want to win a championship! Just one…I’m promoting what? Working hard to win a title? Then you minimize it by saying it’s worth a happy meal? What was that? Weak! Oh and when you say trolling the passing circuit you mean we’re working our butts off to get better and get more information. Thanks! So again, let me get this straight – working hard to win a championship is promoting nonsense. Right…got it.

  8. ArroyoMom's Gravatar ArroyoMom
    November 26, 2017 - 12:09 am | Permalink

    @ SGV INSIDER & Annymous… Why u worried about Arroyo quarter back… Mind your own business… You dont know what he or any player has going in i their lifes…. Sad pathetic loset grown ups getting kicks out of putting kids down… I would luv to hear You fools talk your big talk in front of parents… You would bite your tongues…

  9. ArroyoMom's Gravatar ArroyoMom
    November 26, 2017 - 12:04 am | Permalink

    @SGVINSIDER….Ist of all this is the 2nd time i have posted and its only becuz im am tired of hearing all the arroyo bashing… Once again thes boys have worked their butts off and the staff haf put in alot of time… Its called having pride/team work… U must be some has been who either was stuck on the side line or may have gotten some play but NEVER got to our level…. Dont judge and make comments on the actual players based kn what “adults” post…. You obviously dont know what your talking about yapping your mouth comparing a championship to a $2 meal…. Typical BULLY!!… Grow up fool…

  10. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 25, 2017 - 10:33 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t read it you clown! Hahahaha
    It’s worth less than the value menu at McDonald’s.
    No one respects you because you don’t know what you’re talking about. The problem isn’t Arroyo it’s you! If the article is about South then why did you bash them?

  11. Knightwatch's Gravatar Knightwatch
    November 25, 2017 - 10:00 pm | Permalink

    @SGV insider
    Seems like you are a little light on McDonalds knowledge, too.
    Happy meals cost a heck of a lot more than $2.00

  12. November 25, 2017 - 9:55 pm | Permalink

    What a loser! Did I hurt your feelings somewhere along the way girl?
    You don’t like my break down then don’t read it… move on.

    Sgv insider-
    Keep our QB out of trouble? If you’re insinuating what I think you are you’re an even worse human being than I thought! 2$ ring ay? Lol… it’s priceless buddy, something you have to earn! You probably finished in 5th in inter murals. Let alone have the stones to play football. I got my prize buddy, show me yours!

    PS this is a South El Monte article. Stick to the story at hand. Congratulations Eagles.

  13. November 25, 2017 - 8:31 pm | Permalink

    South El Monte had a fabulous season. But we all knew that defense was the weak link and when SEM ran into coaches who can scheme Frank Gallardo is no match…PERIOD.

  14. Sgv Insider's Gravatar Sgv Insider
    November 25, 2017 - 8:16 pm | Permalink

    That ring and $2.00 Will get you a happy meal. You and all your honks deserve everything that comes your way. You come on here talking all that smack about we could beat this team or that team. And our Qb could play at Amat or any other private school. Instead of being humble and showing some humility you came on here and talked. We’ll now you can sit there and take it. And quitmaking excuses why you lost. Instead of giving credit you cry. Typical Arroyo. Cry, cry, cry
    From T. Peterson: I don’t get it. Not sure what beef you have with Arroyomom. That’s on you. But my thing is you say “That ring and $2.00 will get you a happy meal.” Isn’t that why every player plays, and every coach coaches? – To get a championship ring. Isn’t that why every team hits the weight room starting in January and starts throwing in April? Isn’t that why High School football has turned into a 12 month a year commitment now…all for a championship ring? The bottom line is the whole purpose of playing the game is to win a championship. Yet you minimize it as $2.00 and a happy meal.” So what is it that your team plays for if it’s not to win a championship? Sorry I just don’t get it.

  15. ArroyoMom's Gravatar ArroyoMom
    November 25, 2017 - 6:43 pm | Permalink

    @SGV Insider…. Why you such an arroyo hater…. Ya we got knocked out in the 2nd round but we did not get smashed, we did stand our ground went into OT and unfortunately sh** happens… We did not have our #1 runner Ocariz and several of our players played while being physicaly hurt…. They deserve some credit… But in the end it dont matter what anyone aka “haters” have to say… We gotour ring, and have been MVL CHAMPS fora cpuple consecutive yrs…. 😛

  16. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 25, 2017 - 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Get Back Coach aka Chain Gang aka Assistant to the Assistant,
    Looks like you finally came out from under your rock! Kick back Get Back Coach. You don’t know football. We could have done without your break down. If it was so easy why couldn’t Arroyo do it? Once again putting a target on yours and Arroyo’s back.
    Keep your QB out of trouble man. That should be your focus this offseason. And don’t even pretend like you don’t know what I mean.

  17. Sgv Insider's Gravatar Sgv Insider
    November 25, 2017 - 5:12 pm | Permalink

    Your right. You will be back. In that weak league, talking all that garbage again and you’ll get bounced in the playoffs again.

  18. Mr. Objective's Gravatar Mr. Objective
    November 25, 2017 - 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Santa Maria dominated SEM. I was surprised to see how easily they moved the ball on SEM’s defense. SEM is usually a very sound tackling team, and Santa Maria often made them look outmatched. Santa Maria sealed the Eagles’ fate early in the game when their 5 6′ 130 lbs QB ran right past Tovar and Tovar couldn’t get a fingertip on him. If Blake T was too fast for Tovar, you knew the Eagles had no chance. Make no mistake, Santa Maria could have put up 49, but they made constant costly mistakes.

    In the final analysis, it turns out Schurr did not choke, and SEM did not choke. Santa Maria is a very good division 12 football team. To put up 42 on Schurr and 35 on SEM, that’s impressive. The story is more about Santa Maria’s clutch execution than SEM’s failure to stop them. SEM came to play, but Santa Maria came to conquer.

    Good season for SEM, a very good football team.

  19. November 25, 2017 - 3:05 pm | Permalink

    I’m not sure who’s calling the defense for the Eagles. Terrible game plan! So if I can break this down for you guys… Santa Maria much like SEM had one player to stop. Now SM puts all their guys in the box and they do their best to shut SEMs best weapon. SEM on the other hand doesn’t do that and that player kills them. So… they ran a 4 down line vs a 6 man offensive line. So if you count the box 8-6.5 numbers advantage for SM which they gladly took. Now let’s look at the secondary. He had his guys in man coverage or some form of man so the SM receivers ran off the DBs which now the DBs are with their backs to the QB now they gotta not only cover their man but I guess the SEM coaches wanted them to have eyes in the back of their head and also stop the run! GREAT game plan guys. Here’s a tip on stopping a zone read. 1 you need great DT tackle play they must get a push. 2 you take the read out of the equation and force them to do what you want. for example the QB keep was more dangerous so your free end attacks the qb telling him to give which all it eliminates the QB. Now until they make some schematic change this is the basic principle. The one thing you don’t do is stay in the same freaking alignment all night and just take the arse whooping! The SEM defense was always the weakness and it showed it head last night. Hey SEM DC How about a 4-3 cover 2 so you have 7 in the box with an over hanging defender on the backside to specifically stop guess who??? The QB!!!! Plus all the eye balls are facing the play so everyone can see if the QB gets free best of all you’re two safeties can play both run and pass so that tiny QB is Accounted for at all times! Dumb Dumbs! Offensively there was just flat out zero adjustments to what was essentially a youth style way to stopping the run. Sal Tovar lined up at receiver and beats his man for a big pass 30 or 40 yards and they never went back to it…why? Just frustrating to watch. Good job Eagles great season you represented our League and our city proudly. Sal Tovar, over 6,000 yards rushing and over 77 touchdowns!great career kid. Not bad at all. Good luck to all the teams still in it.

    Arroyo will be back next year… the return of EMC!

  20. Semis's Gravatar Semis
    November 25, 2017 - 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Santa Maria runs 4 plays. Very disciplined team. To take out two big contenders in back to back weeks. Hats off to SM.

  21. November 25, 2017 - 12:18 pm | Permalink

    South couldn’t get off the field on 3rd and longs. no defensive adjustments, no offensive counters. Santa Maria hats off to you guys.

  22. November 25, 2017 - 12:00 pm | Permalink

    South say it aint so………………………………

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