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.