El Monte Cruises to Victory, 67-17
By Rich Whittington
(El Monte) – The El Monte Lions continued their Journey of Success Friday evening as they held off an early challenge from, and posting a decisive victory over, the St. Pius X- St. Matthias Warriors, 67-17, at the friendly confines of Lion Field.
The Warriors opened the scoring with a 1-yard blast by quarterback Ahmir Ford, making the score 7-0 with 8:42 remaining in the opening quarter. Following a Lion touchdown, the Warriors added another score, as Warren Blackshear returned an El Monte kickoff for an 86-yard score. The remainder of the Warriors’ scoring came from Mykael Chavez, who converted two PAT attempts, and a 29 yard field goal.
El Monte (10-1, 6-0 in the Mission Valley league) continued to prove that they are more than just one option…much more. Davon Booth continued his scoring ways, finding the end zone on rushes of 6, 76, and 80 yards. Additionally, Booth was on the receiving end of a 53-yard scoring connection from Nathan Velasquez. For good measure, Booth converted six 2-point PAT attempts. He finished the evening with 320 yards on 14 carries. Adding to the scoring totals was Abel Cueva. Cueva, who amassed 151 yards on 11 carries, scored on runs of 5, 9, 31, and 34 yards. The Lions’ final score was added by Charlton Le, who scored on a 2-yard run in the final minutes of the contest.
El Monte moves on to the second round of the CIF Division 13 Playoffs, where they will travel to Anaheim to battle the Fairmont Prep Huskies. The game location and time are to be determined. St. Pius X- St. Matthias finishes the season with an overall record of 4-5, 2-1 in Santa Fe League play.