By Rich Whittington
South El Monte Uses Big Plays to Topple Mountain View: 40-7
(El Monte) – The South El Monte Eagles utilized a combination of sound offense, a solid defense, and great special teams play to defeat the Mountain View Vikings, 40-7, Friday evening at Viking Field.
South El Monte (3-3, 2-0 in Mission Valley League play) scored first, last, and often…utilizing a combination of big plays and sustained drives to defeat the Vikings. South’s first score of the evening was a 52 yard interception return by Senior Gasper Beltran with 8:03 remaining in the opening quarter of play. The Eagles added two more touchdowns in quarter #1, a one-yard TD blast by quarterback Mario Zamudio at the 2:57 mark, and a 67 yard touchdown bomb from Zamudio to Beltran with :31 remaining in the opening period of play.
The second quarter found a continuation of the Eagle scoring barrage. With 10:08 remaining in the period, Junior Marco Montoya added to the scoring with a 65-yard punt return for a TD. The Eagles added another score in the quarter, as Zamudio connected with Senior Ivan Villalobos for a 12-yard touchdown. The Eagles’ final TD was also scored by Montoya on an 11-yard run. The addition of four successful PAT attempts, added by Beltran, made the score 40-7.
For their part, the Vikings (1-5, 0-2 in MVL action) never really seemed to find a groove. Mountain View did find the end zone, however, in the middle of the second quarter of play. Junior QB Richard Ramirez scored on a 1-yard TD blast. The PAT was added by Junior Brian Perez. The score was the result of a sustained 67-yard drive, which saw the Vikings hold the ball for over six minutes.
Next week finds South El Monte returning to the friendly confines of the Swamp, as the Eagles will host…wait for it…The Gabrielino Eagles. The Vikings will travel to El Monte to battle the Lions. Kickoff time for both games is 7:00PM.