Saints Go Marching In; Earn Trip to CIF Finals

Adelanto Holds On to Beat El Monte 54-40

By Rich Whittington

(El Monte) The El Monte Lions dream season came to an end Friday evening, as the visiting Adelanto Saints passed their way to a 14 point victory, 54-40, earning a spot in next week’s CIF Division 13 Finals.

Adelanto got on the board first, when quarterback Angel Ochoa connected with Coltrane Pearson for a 3-yard score with 7:29 remaining in the first quarter of play. The Saints mounted a potent aerial attack, amassing 421 passing yards, while completing seven touchdown passes. Ochoa tossed scoring passes to six different receivers. In addition to Pearson, Ochoa tossed touchdown completions to Cory Jones (64 yards), Ma’ky White (10 yards), Bosia Stokes (45 and 61 yards), and Omari McCullough (45 and 87 yards). White would also supply the Saints lone rushing score; a 10 yard run with 2:12 remaining in the contest.

El Monte, by contrast, did all of their scoring on the ground. The Lions amassed 465 yards rushing, while scoring six touchdowns. Running back Davon Booth led the way for the Lions, carrying the ball 26 times for 335 yards, and scoring three touchdowns. Booth scored on runs of 17, 36, and 55 yards. Abel Cueva made his presence known as well, carrying the ball 19 times for 115 yards, including three scores. Cueva found the end zone on runs of 2, 7, and 10 yards, respectively.

With the win, Adelanto advances to the CIF Division 13 Finals, where they will travel to Perris, CA to battle the Orange Vista Coyotes. The game location and time are TBD.
El Monte Finishes their 2018 campaign with an overall record of 11-2, 6-0 in Mission Valley League play.

29 Comments to "Saints Go Marching In; Earn Trip to CIF Finals"

  1. MVL Insider's Gravatar MVL Insider
    November 23, 2018 - 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Let’s not forget Jerry Urías also played Div 1 Football at Temple. Seems that Urías blood line has done great things for football in the El Monte Area. Too bad he’s at Workman. Plenty of MVL teams could use Jerry. He is definitely overdue for a HC job.

  2. MVL FAN's Gravatar MVL FAN
    November 22, 2018 - 7:32 am | Permalink



  3. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 21, 2018 - 3:17 pm | Permalink

    It’s simple buddy. Adelanto is out of our area. We simply don’t care. I thought your worst game was against San Marino when you gave up 70+. So now another “worse game” and give up 50+. No wonder you’re the JV coach. You don’t make any sense. As far as “top 8th grades.” Get real buddy. This is El Monte. Although I heard some more Vegas and Paramount kids are on board hahaha

  4. EM's Gravatar EM
    November 21, 2018 - 2:17 pm | Permalink

    The best players to come out of El Monte was Henry Omana and Ray McNeil. Both D1 players and both on the 79 team that lost to Baldwin Park. That team was loaded with Painter, the Samoans, and all that speed.

  5. ? Hmm's Gravatar ? Hmm
    November 21, 2018 - 10:25 am | Permalink

    @Meh couldn’t score when they needed to? Getting to 48-40 after a 41-12 lead by Adelanto. Stop with your nonsense! El Monte had their worst game of the season, and Adelanto their best. Why is no one talking about Adalanto’s 20+ transfer team? That’s what I want to know. Because most of you posting are coaches!

  6. Groundandpound's Gravatar Groundandpound
    November 21, 2018 - 10:17 am | Permalink

    Hey coach. Any ideas on how you’re going to stop that one facet attack of El Monte? I heard they have 8 kids returning on offense. 7 on defense! How did your non-19 transfer offense fair against them? You had the best QB in league and it still didn’t slow them down. Stop trying to downplay el Monte’s system. No matter how hard you try, the change is in play. I heard some of the top 8th graders are checking in. And if Adelanto can get 20 transfers in with no sit out period, expect minimum of 5 kids who want be a part of something special check into campus. If you thought 2018 was dominant wait till 2019

  7. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 21, 2018 - 9:56 am | Permalink

    Cogburn…Top D1? Almost NFL? Thanks for the good laugh buddy.

  8. Meh's Gravatar Meh
    November 20, 2018 - 1:47 am | Permalink

    Adelanto’s offense doesn’t revolve around one or two players. If they can’t run the ball at you they will pass it. El Monte, as good as booth is, can’t carry the team the whole time. This isn’t a bitter coach thing it’s the truth and sometimes it hurts. As good as one player is, the offense can’t revolve around that one player. EM ran a running back centric offense that kept them in it but when they needed to pass to get down the field quicker they couldn’t. And that’s the problem with a wing t. There is no balance

  9. November 20, 2018 - 12:41 am | Permalink

    I believe they were talking about QBs and RBs. But you are correct, Tommy Cogburn was the best Receiver I’ve ever seen in the MVL and I don’t believe it was even close.
    I also remember the night the Lions led by B Mart got their tails handed to them against the Eagles the game now known as the infamous 50 yard line stomp!

  10. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 19, 2018 - 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Love the history, But Brandon Martinez wasn’t really that great. He got picked apart when he faced a good SEM team. Demolished actually. You also forget Tommy Cogburn. The guy was as good as it gets and actually played in a top D1 college and almost went pro, only held back by his size. So yeah.. think a little more about your “greats.”

  11. GroundnPound's Gravatar GroundnPound
    November 19, 2018 - 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Ok coach…what you going to do now that your QB is gone? Any ideas on how to stop our running game? Your 8 of our dudes on offense are back right??

  12. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 19, 2018 - 9:49 am | Permalink

    I have to respectfully disagree on that one. I highly doubt BMart needed padded stats. That young man was the real deal. Rosales was a stud. I’ll take most 80s/90’s studs over 2000s studs.

    November 19, 2018 - 5:23 am | Permalink

    Sanchez was always so worried about league he never knew what to do in playoffs LMAO well when they got there think he got there twice maybe 3 times the whole time he was there

  14. November 18, 2018 - 5:01 pm | Permalink

    BMart was a stud. But when you say numbers don’t lie I see a problem. Because we all know Joel Sanchez used to pad stats. And I don’t mean leaving Martinez or guys like Barajas and Dominguez in too long, I mean he used just give them extra stats like Martinez would thow for 289 and 3 tds he’d mark him down for 359 and 3tds. So it’s hard to really know what the Lions players really did in the Sanchez era. having said all that, the best QBs in the MVL I’ve ever seen are Steven Rivera and Brandon Martinez. As as far Running backs do you guys remember Manuel Rosales from South El Monte? The guy was shifty and powerful we called him little Barry. He’s gotta be on that list. I would add Rosales and remove Mike Vasquez from that list.

  15. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 18, 2018 - 1:29 am | Permalink

    Friday night…aka get back coach. I almost agreed with you boss. How do you not have Brandon Martinez on the list? You must be a youngster for only naming guys in the 2000s. BMart was a stud. Play any angle you want but numbers don’t lie. He had them all. I’d take him over any 2000 QB. The only one that comes close is Rivera.

  16. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 17, 2018 - 10:58 pm | Permalink

    Hey coach! How you doing? We know who you are. All the kids they brought in? Funny! Go on CIF and see ALL the kids we brought in. Any 3 of these Div 13 teams would’ve beat your Div 8 team. Oh we did, I almost forgot. Lol

  17. Lol's Gravatar Lol
    November 17, 2018 - 9:42 pm | Permalink

    Yes Adelanto let them. In the third quarter, Adelanto went back to the ground game which El Monte made good stops against. If Adelanto was trying, they would’ve kept airing out against the lions defense to keep racking up points. Feel stupid yet? When I say that be dimensional I mean El Monte can only run the ball. Which they do very effectively. But each time they tried to pass the ball, they couldn’t. Plain and simple. This isn’t to throw shade at any team. I was at the game it’s what I saw. Adelanto was scoring at will when passing the ball. They went to the ground to eat up some clock, but El Monte kept stuffing it for the most part

  18. Almost's Gravatar Almost
    November 17, 2018 - 5:55 pm | Permalink

    With the recruiting and the kids they brought in, that staff couldn’t win in Division 13. This staff couldn’t win the big game at Norwalk and they couldn’t GET to the big game at El Monte. All that talk for what…

  19. @ Crazy's Gravatar @ Crazy
    November 17, 2018 - 4:26 pm | Permalink

    I wholeheartedly agree with your analysis. Note that the absurd CIF system was proposed and voted on by the schools themselves, not the brain-dead in Los Alamitos. It exists purely to allow the kind of stunt Adelanto is pulling: playing dead to get a weak divisional assignment, then loading-up on transfers to blow everyone out of water. The painfully obvious solution is to drop this two-year averaging crap and simply put teams into divisions at the conclusion of each regular season. We’ve got computers that can crunch the numbers in seconds. CIF need only hire a nerd or two to enter the data and presto–the right pairings will be made.
    As an alternative, if the powers that be insist on keeping the present setup, a hard limit can be placed on the number of transfers at, say, 10 players. If a team gets MORE than 10 transfers, they MUST be bumped up a divisional notch or two.

  20. Crazy's Gravatar Crazy
    November 17, 2018 - 3:25 pm | Permalink

    People talk about El Monte’s 2 transfers. They lost to an Adelanto team who went 1-9 last year. CIF Website shows 19 transfers on their roster. All of their dudes were playing for other teams last year. 19 of 38 on their roster are transfers. Crazy!

  21. HATER's Gravatar HATER
    November 17, 2018 - 1:17 pm | Permalink

    This is for sure a jealous former EM coach or a team EM smacked. The Adelanto running back was supposed to be a better athlete than booth and cueva and in my eyes he wasn’t. The lions defense shut him down on the running game but then again the dbs just couldn’t stick with the receivers. Tough loss for EM, they’ll be back and better

  22. RingCeremony's Gravatar RingCeremony
    November 17, 2018 - 11:48 am | Permalink

    Looks like EM got a little ahead of themselves. They played a great second half but could not recover from a disasterous second quarter. EM should be good again next season but this was probably their best chance at winning a CIF championship. Put the order on hold, rings don’t come that easy!

  23. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 17, 2018 - 11:47 am | Permalink

    Great season EM obviously didnt get the results they wanted but next season begins now, the MVL should be a lil more interesting now

  24. MVL Insider's Gravatar MVL Insider
    November 17, 2018 - 10:29 am | Permalink

    No Brandon Martinez…OK

  25. Legend's Gravatar Legend
    November 17, 2018 - 8:26 am | Permalink

    El Montes defense just gave up to many points and you just can’t do that. Nice run though.

  26. Idiot's Gravatar Idiot
    November 17, 2018 - 1:44 am | Permalink

    Adelanto let El Monte catch up ?? Who would let anyone catch up in any game ? Lmao you sound like you know a lot about football LOL

  27. November 17, 2018 - 1:26 am | Permalink

    El Monte was Rockin! That was an awesome comeback! I thought the Lions were dead in the water but they battled back. Cuevas and especially Booth both showed some true grit. Cuevas blasting through the holes getting tough yards and Booth making big play after big play. El Monte got it down to 8 points in the fourth after trailing 40-12 at half. Ultimately Adelanto was too athletic offensively for the lions. Proud of the lions they fought hard keep those heads up guys you guys had a fantastic season. Congratulations.

  28. November 17, 2018 - 1:18 am | Permalink

    Lions fans I feel your pain. But y’all gotta remember one thing “pride comes before the fall” you guys were talking too much. Adelanto has athletes that EM couldn’t match. EM surprised me with their physicality on defense. At Halftime there was some fisticuffs for sure still don’t why but an EM coach to restrained several times he was completely out of control. I take back everything I said about Booth. Kids the real deal! Abel Cueva is legit too. I’ll sum this game up for you guys El Monte DBs could not cover the Saints Receivers. Point blank period. They’ll probably win it all.
    Going back to Young Mr Booth where would you rank him all time in the MVL? I’ve got my all time list in no particular order Devon Booth, The Sumler brothers Deon and Tre, Sal Tovar, Matt Fregoso and Mikey Vasquez from Arroyo.
    Secondly with the graduation of Ernesto EMC Camacho where do rank him? My all time list again no Particular order Ernesto Camacho Dom Salmon arroyo Steven Rivera Elija Peters Lee Aguirre and Steven Nava

    Anyway great season Lions I’m sure you’ll be back next year. Oh well it’s a martini kind of knight. peeeeeece!

  29. November 17, 2018 - 12:44 am | Permalink

    I tried to tell y’all dont sleep on Adelanto. Adelanto isn’t one dimensional like most of the teams out here. They can run or pass out of their pro style offense. And they showed it. Anyone that was at the game saw Adelanto let El Monte catch up in the second half but it didn’t matter. Adelanto vs orange vista next week and I’m positive Adelanto beats them too

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