One Year Ago: El Monte Flattens Orange Vista

Davon Booth ran for two touchdowns and caught another for the victorious Lions.

In Week 3 last year El Monte rolled to its fourth straight win on the way to a CIF and eventually a State Championship. Orange Vista was supposed to give the Lions a challenge but not on this night as Davon Booth and company ran roughshod on September 13, 2019.

By Tim Peterson

(El Monte) – Davon Booth rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns to lead El Monte to a 35-6 win over Orange Vista Friday Night in Lion Country.

Booth was a majority of the Lions offense as he also caught three passes for 82 yards and a score.

El Monte got off to a slow start before turning it on in the second half. Booth scored on a 72-yard touchdown run on the Lions second series to take a 6-0 lead. However Booth also fumbled twice including once as he was heading into the end zone late in the second quarter leaving El Monte up by six at the half.

Orange Vista tied it on its first possession of the third quarter when Elijah Robinson hit a wide open Randy Wilkins on a 37-yard touchdown pass. Like El Monte, the extra point failed and it was tied at six. An El Monte defensive lineman got a hand on it.

From that point on it was all Lions. Abel Cueva got loose for a 41-yard touchdown run on the ensuing possession and Booth scored on a run for the two point conversion.

The Coyotes immediately turned the ball over on the next series on a trick play that fooled nobody. El Monte recovered the fumble and took over at the Orange Vista 10. Four plays later Booth got his second of the night on a two-yard and then found the end zone again on a run for the two point conversion and it was 22-6.

In he fourth quarter after El Monte took advantage of another Orange Vista miscue. Joseph Herrera went to the air and connected with Booth in the end zone for a 25-yard touchdown strike with 7:11 left.

Elijah Banks had 161 yards for Orange Vista but it wasn’t nearly enough

After a short Orange Vista punt Cueva capped a four play, 44-yard drive with a five-yard run to account for the final tally.

Cueva had 12 carries for 70 yards to add to the running attack and he also threw a pass on a gadget play to Booth for 50 yards. For Orange Vista Elijah Banks had 30 carries for 161 yards but he was the bulk of the offense.

“I’m really proud of our guys and they way they played,” said El Monte head coach Jesse Ceniceros. “For us to beat them 35-6 tonight I’m really happy about that. The one thing I told them is don’t go around them but go right at them, and we did that tonight.”

With the win the Lions remained undefeated improving to 4-0 while Orange Vista fell to 2-2. El Monte came into the game ranked number 1 in Division 12 while Orange Vista was number 3.


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18 Comments to "One Year Ago: El Monte Flattens Orange Vista"

  1. Cif's Gravatar Cif
    September 15, 2020 - 11:43 am | Permalink

    To Friday Knight, Arroyo has been getting Transfers for year’s. Why don’t you mention St. John Bosco, Mater Dei and even Sierra Vista. I remember a few year’s ago Calabasas had 30 Transfers.

  2. September 20, 2019 - 11:09 am | Permalink

    Everyone talks about Booth and Cuevas, no one is giving credit to the Oline. These two Backs are good but they don’t have to make a move until the second level the offensive line is the key to EM success. Last night was against City league JV squad but the OV was a legit DLine and EM won the battle in the trenches.
    @fridayknights, Arroyo is always good but, good isn’t gonna be good enough to beat EM. They reason is not because you guys have never seen a Booth or Cuevas type kid, you have. but because you guys have never seen an Oline like this. And sorry dude but one LB isn’t gone stop this train. You’re simply outmatched. @anonymous hit in on the head, as long as EM is recruiting like this, 6’4 lineman types you are stuck in second place. Either you start recruiting or get used it.

  3. Lions den's Gravatar Lions den
    September 20, 2019 - 7:11 am | Permalink

    @fridayknights advice you shouldn’t TEASE A LION while he’s caged because he’ll remember and when get’s loose someday he’ll go on the attack !!

  4. @FridayKnights's Gravatar @FridayKnights
    September 19, 2019 - 8:00 am | Permalink

    @FridayKnights – Sounds like you guys are ready to do something unethical. They’re kids … Its just high school.

  5. LVLions's Gravatar LVLions
    September 18, 2019 - 10:57 pm | Permalink

    Your son? How he gonna catch them? Come on now. Just take it LV already.

  6. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    September 18, 2019 - 9:47 pm | Permalink

    Sorry Get Back Coach. While I agree with everything you said, I don’t think Arroyo can stop Booth. As long as C recruits kids like Booth, Arroyo will be numero dos. With a chance at an upset now and then. But I don’t think he’ll stick around so Arroyo will be top dog again.

  7. Reign is Over's Gravatar Reign is Over
    September 18, 2019 - 8:41 pm | Permalink

    We just ran all over 6’6” 260 and 6’5” 250 DE’s. You were saying?

  8. September 17, 2019 - 11:05 pm | Permalink

    El Monte is everything they should be. They welcome transfers even senior transfers which is frowned upon. But you mark my words Arroyo will be ready. We got a big time MLB that says Booth and Cuevas are in for a long night. EM is gonna taste 2nd place!!!!

  9. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    September 15, 2019 - 6:23 am | Permalink

    Well, EM is favorite to win it all in D12. But, I think they would love to play Adelanto again sometime in the playoff. Revenge is on their mind!!

  10. LVLions's Gravatar LVLions
    September 15, 2019 - 5:46 am | Permalink


    You must not be on here much. You’ll see who the haters are.

  11. Proud Mom of a Knight & Lady Knight's Gravatar Proud Mom of a Knight & Lady Knight
    September 15, 2019 - 1:01 am | Permalink

    Arroyo hater much? Lol

  12. 36 Pitch's Gravatar 36 Pitch
    September 15, 2019 - 12:14 am | Permalink

    The silent progress. 3 coaches and these dudes are dominating! Coaching job of the year!

  13. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    September 14, 2019 - 9:52 pm | Permalink

    The transfer express baby! EM has to be the favorite to win CIF by a heavy margin. Unless there’s a dark horse out there in D12.

  14. Diane Denise Thompson's Gravatar Diane Denise Thompson
    September 14, 2019 - 10:26 am | Permalink

    Way to go Lions!!

  15. mr power's Gravatar mr power
    September 14, 2019 - 6:47 am | Permalink

    Impressive win. I don’t think you are giving the Oline enough credit.

  16. Sgv's Gravatar Sgv
    September 14, 2019 - 3:01 am | Permalink

    Wait for it…wait for it …wait for all the negative comments from all the Arroyo people who will down play the win.

  17. Sgv's Gravatar Sgv
    September 13, 2019 - 11:16 pm | Permalink

    How do you rank the area teams? Top 10 or 20?

  18. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    September 13, 2019 - 11:05 pm | Permalink

    El Monte is legit. If it wasn’t for the two fumbles, there would have been a running clock in the fourth quarter. EM is definitely the favorite to win it all this season.

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