El Rancho’s 2-2 Punch Proves Too Much For Montebello: 29-24
By Rich Whittington
(Montebello) The El Rancho Dons proved that great things come in pairs, as the Dons ran, passed, and pressured their way past the Montebello Oilers, 29-24, Friday evening at Montebello High School
El Rancho runners Roman Rojas and Ryan Santa Maria combined for 368 yards of total offense, including four touchdowns…two apiece. Rojas opened the scoring with a 1 yard TD blast at the 7:21 mark of the first quarter of play. Just over a minute later, Rojas scored again, on a 44 yard touchdown run. Santa Maria waited until the 4th quarter to add his scoring. His first score was a 7 yard scoring run, which came with 11:10 remaining in the contest. Ryan’s second score came on a 1 yard jaunt with 7:30 remaining in the game.
The Don’s also played well defensively. El Rancho recorded six sacks, an interception, and a fumble recovery in the contest. The Montebello fumble was recovered by Linebacker Gabriel Cruz, while the interception was secured by DB Dominic Torres.
Montebello’s performance was just a dynamic…although not quite as successful. Quarterback Richard Placencia completed nine passes for 147 yards, which included a 16 yard TD completion to Wide Receiver Bryan Martinez. Placencia also contributed 91 rushing yards…including a 16 yard TD run. Another standout for the Oilers was Junior RB Eduardo Gonzalez, who rushed for 189 yards on 17 carries. Gonzalez also scored on a 7 yard TD jaunt. The remainder of the Oilers’ scoring came off the foot of Junior PK Andres Nava. Nava converted a PAT attempt, as well as adding a successful 28 yard field goal.
Next week finds both of these teams on the road. Montebello will travel to La Serna to battle the Lancers on Thursday. El Rancho travels to Baldwin Park to take on the Braves on Friday. Kickoff time for both games is 7:00PM.
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