By Rich Whittington
(Montebello) – The Montebello Oilers utilized a solid running attack to defeat the Bell Gardens Lancers, 41-31, Friday evening at Oiler Field.
Montebello (2-4, 1-0 in Almont league play) amassed 401 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns to defeat the Lancers. Junior Running Back Eduardo Gonzalez led the way for the Oilers. Gonzalez rushed for 271 yards, scoring touchdowns of 2, 6, 14, and 24 yards. Adding to the evening’s round totals was Senior QB Richard Placencia, who scored on a 1 yard TD blast. The remainder of the Oilers’ scoring was contributed by Sophomore Kicker Andrew Nava, who successfully added field goals of 22 and 24 yards, as well as converting all five of his PAT attempts.
The Oilers also played well on defense, limiting Bell Gardens to 10 second half points. Derrick Galvez blocked a Lancers’ punt late in the third quarter of play. The Oilers also recovered a Bell Gardens fumble…ending a BG scoring threat.
Bell Gardens (3-3, 0-1) actually scored first, when Senior RB Jesus Sanchez crossed the goal line on a 1 yard TD run. Sanchez added two more scores, running for touchdowns of 14 and 23 yards. Senior QB Agustin Velasquez, Jr. added to the Lancers’ scoring total by tossing a 69 yard TD pass. The remainder of the Lancers’ scoring was provided by Kicker Brandon Ponce, who kicked a 14 yard Field Goal and converted 4 PAT attempts.
Next week finds Montebello traveling to Alhambra to take on the Moors, while Bell Gardens will pay a visit to San Gabriel High School to battle the Matadors. Kickoff time for both games is 7:00PM.