By Tim Peterson
(San Dimas) – J.P. Andrade threw for 354 yards and five touchdowns as Bonita held off Covina 40-33 Friday night at San Dimas High.
The Bearcats survived four turnovers and numerous penalties before finally putting the Colts away. Bonita also let two touchdown leads slip away in the second and third quarters before getting separation in the fourth.
Tied at 26, Aalias Williams took a screen pass from Andrade and raced 55 yards for a score on the first play of the fourth quarter for a 32-26 Bonita lead. The Bearcats then held Covina and took over at their own 42. Two plays later, Andrade hit a wide open Miles Mouradian over the middle who ran untouched 36 yards into the end zone. The two point conversion was completed on an Andrade pass to Jarratt Dancekelley to make to 40-26.
There was still 9:32 left in the fourth but that play ultimately sealed the victory. The Colts scored late when Nin Burns II scored on an 11-yard run to cap an 80-yard drive. With 1:38 left on the clock Covina attempted an onside kick but Bonita recovered and that was all she wrote.
The Bearcats opened the scoring on a 31-yard TD strike from Andrade to Williams in the first quarter to go up 7-0. On their next possession they coughed it up when Andrade was hit, the ball popped loose and Jahmal Clark scooped it up and rumbled down to the Bonita one-yard line. Erik Cuellar scored on the next play but the extra point was missed leaving the score 7-6.
Early in the second quarter Kenny Coulson took an Andrade pass and outran the Covina secondary for a 48-yard touchdown. On Bonita’s next drive the Bearcats drove 64 yards on nine plays with Mouradian going over from two yards out to make it 20-6.
It appeared that would be the score at the break but Burns, who didn’t start the game at quarterback but took over in the second quarter, led the Colts down the field and hit Danny Urrea Jr. in the corner of the endzone for a 20-yard bullet with no time left and it was 20-13 at the half.
Bonita looked like it had regained control in the third quarter when Andrade connected with Michael Musharbash for a 35-yard scoring strike for a 26-13 lead. Again the extra point was missed.
But Burns picked off Andrade on Bonita’s next series and Cuellar broke off a 62-yard touchdown run and Covina was right back in it. The Colts then tied it on their next possession marching 97 yards on 12 plays with Burns finishing it with a two-yard run.
Bonita then pulled away with the two fourth quarter touchdowns. The Bearcats turned the ball over four times allowing the Colts to hang around. Cade Cadum had five receptions for 103 yards and Williams had six for 117 and a pair of scores while Mouradian had a touchdown running and receiving.
James Duronslet started behind center for Covina as Burns was nursing a sore shoulder. But Burns came on in the second quarter after Duronslet got banged up and looked fine. He rushed for 57 yards and two scores and threw for 121. Cuellar was the workhorse for the Colts rushing for 172 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries.
The Colts fell to 3-2 with the loss while the Bearcats improved to 5-0 on the field with the win but 4-1 after they were handed a forfeit loss this week for a game with Riverside Poly earlier this year when it was ruled that they had used an ineligible player.