By Tim Peterson
(San Dimas) – It’s a new season but the same old San Dimas. In other words ground and pound, grind it out, chew up yardage and in the end wear down your opponent, which is exactly what the Saints did Friday night in a 33-24 win over Montebello on their home field.
The Oilers were hanging around all night until the Saints finally delivered the knock out blow late in the fourth quarter. San Dimas, leading by just two, put together 14-play 63 yard drive that Jacob Buccola capped with a 15-yard run to ice the game with 3:34 left. The Oilers got the ball back with one last shot but San Dimas shut them down and ran out the clock.
San Dimas had four touchdowns on the ground overall with Buccola picking up two of them. The Saints racked up 327 yards rushing overall. Buccola ran for 108 yards on 15 carries, Arturo Orozco added 87 and Bleau Wallace ran for 62.
San Dimas went 66 yards on 12 plays on its first possession with Buccola going over from the three to go up 7-0.
After Montebello answered with a 31-yard field goal by Andre Nava San Dimas was right back at it. This time the Saints marched 57 yards on seven plays with quarterback Ryan Bulick hitting Billy Hennessey on a 15-yard touchdown pass for a 13-3 advantage.
The momentum shifted on the Saints next possession when Bulick threw a short out pass that was picked off by Gabriel Loaiza at the line of scrimmage who returned it 30 yards to the house for a score and the Oilers were within three.
After Orozco scored on a one-yard run to finish a 54-yard drive for San Dimas, Montebello went 55 yards on six plays with Eduardo Gonzalez scoring on an eight-yard run. San Dimas had the ball on the Montebello five-yard line when time ran out on the first half with the Saints up 20-17.
After Bulick found the end zone on a two-yard run in the third quarter for the Saints, the Oilers made it interesting in the fourth. Gonzalez picked up his second TD of the night on a 13-yard scamper to cap a 91-yard drive to cut it to 26-24 with 11:00 remaining.
The Saints then got the ball back and embarked on their time consuming game wining drive to clinch it. The Oilers got the ball back but the San Dimas D forced them into a three and out.
Andre Maldonado completed five passes for 74 yards and Elijah Martinez had three catches for 65 but the Oilers didn’t have any stats that jumped off of the scoresheet. They turned the ball over three times.
San Dimas coughed it up twice themselves but with over 300 yards rushing the Saints overcame the miscues.
The Saints are now 1-0 with the season opening victory while the Oilers dropped to 0-2.