Knights Escape The Swamp With A “W”

Adrian Calvio helped keep the Knights at the top of the MVL.

(El Monte) The Arroyo Knights and the South El Monte Eagles collided Friday night at the Swamp in a key Mission Valley League matchup. Although a high scoring contest was anticipated, the Knights escaped with a 17-10 victory.

The underdog Eagles got on the board first with just under four minutes gone in the opening stanza. South El Monte capitalized on a Adrian Camacho fumble that set them up at Arroyo 23. After stalling out on four plays at the Knight four, Gaspar Beltran came on to boot a 21-yard field goal and the 3-0 lead.

Arroyo came back to take the lead on their very next possession. Ernesto Camacho called his own number from 2-yards away. Ramiro Piza nailed the extra point for the 7-3 advantage.

Marco Montoya was the workhorse for the Eagles.

Early in the second quarter, the Eagles took the lead back marching 80-yards on 14 plays with Marco Montoya scoring on a 2-yard run. Montoya finished the night gaining 40-yards on 15 carries and the lone score.

The Knight defense stepped up to regain the lead for Arroyo. James Le hauled in a tipped pass from Mario Zamudio and raced 42-yards for the the score. 

Arroyo had a chance late in the half to extend their lead after marching down to the South El Monte 13. Piza’s field goal sailed wide left and the Knights would have to settle for a four point lead, 14-10 at the half.

Neither team had much success in the third quarter and the score remained the same to start the fourth.

The Knights got the final score on the night with 10:46 left in the game. A nine play drive stalled at the Eagle six but this time Piza hit the 22-yard field goal.

The teams traded possessions and with time winding down, Camacho’s punt pinned the Eagles at their own one. South El Monte managed to get out of the shadow of their own goal posts on the first two plays of the drive. However, the third play was a disaster as Zamudios next pass was picked off at his own one by the Knight’s Dylan Leonardis to seal the victory.

Leading the way for the Knights were Adrian Calvio who had 85-yards rushing and 76-yards receiving on nine catches and Camacho who completed 16 of 28 for 163 and added 63 rushing yards and the two scores.

Next week Arroyo will take on El Monte in a highly anticipated MVL matchup while South El Monte will travel to Rosemead to take on the Panthers.

33 Comments to "Knights Escape The Swamp With A “W”"

  1. GroundnPound's Gravatar GroundnPound
    October 14, 2018 - 9:13 am | Permalink

    How did the Pop Warner offense do? Asking for a friend

  2. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    October 10, 2018 - 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Booth has 70 carries for 1200 yards imagine him with 100 carries now. As for receiving he leads the MVL in receiving TDs.

  3. Taps's Gravatar Taps
    October 10, 2018 - 11:33 am | Permalink

    In less than a year and a half on campus, Coach Ceniceros, is already ranked #1 in CIF and has got the whole MVL worried about what the future holds. Kids are already talking about going to EM and not to these other lame schools. He has 2 former players in the NFL, and another at Oklahoma playing minutes at DT, plus countless others at D2, D3, and local community colleges. So yeah, this “Pop Warner offense” coach must be doing something right. EM is gonna impose their will & physicality on SEM and Arroyo, and with the way today’s kids are, they don’t want any part of getting pushed around or manhandled. Good luck, but the train is getting closer and you better get out of its way.

  4. October 10, 2018 - 10:41 am | Permalink

    Markham I’ve already seen El Monte! Looking forward to the match up. The Griffin bowl will be for the title this year!

  5. I played for Don Markham's Gravatar I played for Don Markham
    October 10, 2018 - 8:27 am | Permalink

    End, guard and Tackle who played for Coach Thompson. Save your commentary for Saturday morning once you’ve actually seen El Monte!

  6. October 9, 2018 - 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Ummmmm catches like tommy? Maybe your forgetting EM runs a double wing offense. Passing and Double wing do not go together! And Booth is not nearly as fast as Tommy not even close!
    Tra Was a tough runner Booth runs nothing like him. Booth is a good player let’s leave it at that. MVL hasn’t seen anyone like booth before? You just mentioned two names that were by far superior to him and don’t forget more recently, Tovar who was a back to back 2,500 yard running back that was just last year. Booth Looks like he loves to bounce everything outside if you can force him to cut it up into the backers he’s not built for that type of running. He’s 5’7 150!! Beltran will come down the alley and crush this kid back to Vegas!

  7. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    October 9, 2018 - 10:05 pm | Permalink

    Last time Arroyo stepped up and played a San Marino team they lost by 40 and only scored 10. Defensively they held the high power Orange Vista team to 14 points. Go check their scores. South Pas and MV got their scores on JV and BP got two fluke TDs. So the real question is can the Arroyo O keep up with the EM O. Don’t think so. They have punted 4x all season.

  8. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    October 9, 2018 - 9:03 pm | Permalink

    @ Knightwatch
    Thanks for high-jacking my blog name. Posting for years and never a negative comment about any player,coach or team .
    I expect a good game against EM and you wont hear a derogatory statement before or after from the original “Knightwatch”

  9. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    October 9, 2018 - 8:05 pm | Permalink

    I’m got EM 42 Arroyo 28. Arroyo scores late when the game is meaningless. I also got EM blowing out SEM by over 30 points.

    Get back coach, you never answered my questions. It’s cool, you’re probably busy washing jock straps.

  10. MVL Guy's Gravatar MVL Guy
    October 9, 2018 - 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Remember Cogburn and Sumler that rolled you guys that’s Booth. The thing is he catches like Tommy and runs the ball like Tra.

  11. EM fan's Gravatar EM fan
    October 9, 2018 - 6:24 pm | Permalink

    You’re not San Marino they beat you by 5 TDs. So get that out of your head

  12. MVL Insider's Gravatar MVL Insider
    October 9, 2018 - 5:06 pm | Permalink

    EM has plenty of fire power. The offense is a “Pop Warner” offense, but with the athletes EM has it doesn’t matter. EM will have the 3 fastest athletes on the field and that will be the difference. Booth is different than anyone Arroyo has seen. The MVL hasn’t seen speed like Booth since Tommy Cogburn. EM in a blowout.

  13. KnightWatch's Gravatar KnightWatch
    October 9, 2018 - 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Pop Warner offense will only get you to far. One penalty stalls your offensive drive. Arroyo & South are two great defensive teams to shut the pop Warner offense down. My 6 year old runs it with EM Jets.. Ask San Marino… Who shredding you guys into pieces offensively. You guys have no offensive power to match scores with both squads. Your defense is horrendous .You guys couldn’t guard a standing tree…. Arroyo blows EM out by 25+.. Show them how it’s done Camacho..

  14. Taps's Gravatar Taps
    October 9, 2018 - 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Get Ready for the El Monte Double Wing Train to barrel right over both your programs…
    Don’t stand on the Tracks when the train is coming thru!!!

  15. October 9, 2018 - 8:51 am | Permalink

    @ranch? People were bashing Gallardo last year? You’re crazy! The dude got all the credit even though most of us know who really made that train go! No one was bashing Frank last year. He’s getting bashed for foolishly firing his best coach people are bashing him for replacing that certain coach with a imbecile! And….. deservedly so!

    @Thomson you can cry about “Richard” til the cows come home Frank is not gonna make any changes! Word is he loves this staff lmfao! Word also is he cites this blog a lot he uses this to band together lol. Deal with it buddy that’s your fault for being a fan or you enrolled your kid at that school. That school has never hired a “GREAT” head coach! …. EVER!

    Arroyo now Arroyo tomorrow and Arroyo forever! Prove me wrong

  16. October 9, 2018 - 6:50 am | Permalink

    The point I’m making is the “talent” was on our sideline not on the Arroyo sideline. I’m telling you SEM should’ve won this game by a couple scores at least, but for as well as our defense played our offense is just not clicking. I truly believe if things stay this way Frank Gallardo needs to seriously evaluate his OC. Personally wouldn’t mind seeing a new Offensive Coordinator come in. if it’s gotta be wing t go get the San Dimas OC or one of those guys to come in. Richard only knows belly, rocket, counter and waggle that is the extent of our offense this year. There’s gotta be more to the wing t than this.

  17. Natty daddy's Gravatar Natty daddy
    October 8, 2018 - 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Lmfao , you little knights survived, we made 1 more mistake than you guys , our defense also exposed you’re beloved arroyo nights EM is gonna rack them up on you lol 3 way tie is on order 👋 hater

  18. TheRanch18's Gravatar TheRanch18
    October 8, 2018 - 11:27 am | Permalink

    lol… coach frank and staff, i give you credit for doing what you guys did…. ARROYO should have blown you out the water on paper and with the TALENT they have. SEM is freshman are getting coached up real nice! and beat arroyo! if things keep going as planed SEM will still be competing for league in the years to come.

  19. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    October 8, 2018 - 10:17 am | Permalink

    I have seen all of MVL play you beat Rosemead in a close one but em blows you out! 5-5 ain’t bad

  20. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    October 8, 2018 - 5:53 am | Permalink

    Just because you’re young doesn’t mean you don’t have talent. How did you guys outcoach them when you yourself said you “played the worst game in years?” When you outcoach someone you play well, not bad. I would say it was more luck and SEM really not being that good. Explain that to me.

  21. October 8, 2018 - 12:04 am | Permalink

    We still have a shot providing we don’t blow it against Rosemead and we beat El Monte.

  22. 🤔's Gravatar 🤔
    October 7, 2018 - 8:27 pm | Permalink

    The Arroyo kid has like 5 socks on each foot, what’s going on here lol?

  23. Anon's Gravatar Anon
    October 7, 2018 - 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Marco Montoya was a huge factor to this game

  24. October 7, 2018 - 7:13 pm | Permalink

    They were 11-2 no wins vs Arroyo btw
    But they had the talent and they also had a coach who was worth his salt! Now, ehhhh they might lose to Rosemead and definitely lose to EM

  25. October 7, 2018 - 5:35 pm | Permalink

    BS! If you were at the game you’d know SEM was probably better athletically and talent wise. But they got out coached. Last year they were better but thy got out coached! I’m not saying we don’t get the talent of course we do but this year we’re young extremely young were still able to get the win! Explain that to me?

  26. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    October 6, 2018 - 11:51 pm | Permalink

    FridayKnightGetBackCoach it’s coaching and talent big man! When are you going to get that? If you gave the SEM staff Arroyo’s team and the kids that come in year in and year out, they have just as much success. If you give Arroyo Mt View’s team and the last 4 years of incoming athletes they are still a 5th place team. It’s not rocket science.

  27. October 6, 2018 - 8:32 pm | Permalink

    Stop your crying take the L and shut up. I told you in the beginning it all comes down to Coaching! You guys don’t have it. Your coaches are on a much lower tier than our staff. We’re not Gabrielino or Mt View other than those two games your offense is futile inept and just playing awful. So my question to you is, what did you expect? You actually have faith in that staff? If so, you sir are dumber than you sound!

  28. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    October 6, 2018 - 7:34 pm | Permalink

    If it bothers you that much, go in and coach. Stop being like the typically south fans that can’t accept the fact that every 7-10 years you get a talented batch of kids

  29. Her's Gravatar Her
    October 6, 2018 - 6:15 pm | Permalink

    You south fans seem to forget where that program was at before Gallardo Showed up. Everyone is a Nick Saban sitting on the bleachers! Hasn’t South El Monte been 11-2 the last two seasons with two back to back semifinals appearances ? Granted they had a tremendous running back with good talent,but you fans were bashing him even then lol. Also,if that freshman running back stays there. They will have another great back for 3 more years.

  30. October 6, 2018 - 3:06 pm | Permalink

    It could’ve changed the mindset. Coaches were scrambling at the end horrible game management. Point is you don’t ever want to get caught like that and we did. The smug attitude of this new OC the arrogance he walks around with is really annoying then you add that to the fact that he’s just a bad play caller he hasn’t gotten better at all go get on the job training somewhere else man.

  31. I played for Tom Brady's Gravatar I played for Tom Brady
    October 6, 2018 - 3:00 pm | Permalink

    em 8-0

  32. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    October 6, 2018 - 11:20 am | Permalink

    A timeout isn’t going to change that INT to end the game or not going for it at the beginning instead of that FG

  33. October 6, 2018 - 7:25 am | Permalink

    So disappointed these kids play hard they leave it all on the field and for that I’m very proud. The defense has stepped up big time the last two years vs Arroyo. But this new Offensive Coordinator is just terrible! His play calling is as random as it is unimaginative but the worst part is several players were hurt and he’d still send them out there. We had to burn a few timeouts because Gallardo saw the injured players. Would’ve been nice to have those timeouts at the end of the game. I’ve said it before we don’t have that super star player like last year but we probably have more weapons to work with. Last year, you knew who was getting the rock this year it’s a true 3 back offense but this guy is wasting these kids. It’s a shame to have our defense play so well we made Arroyos offense look sloppy and undisciplined but they’re defense humiliated our offense with the exception of one drive. Next week is a MUST win.

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