By Tim Peterson
(La Verne) – In what could have been construed as a heavyweight fight, Glendora scored twice in the fourth quarter to knockout out Bonita 28-13 Friday night in a game that lasted three hours and 25 minutes. With the victory in the Palomares League opener the Tartans remained unbeaten on the year.
The game was physical with multiple payers getting banged up and causing several delays. Bonita running back Elijah Maldonado was injured in the third quarter and had to leave the field on a gurney.
Bonita was down 21-6 in the fourth quarter but the Bearcats cut Glendora’s lead to eight on a nine-yard touchdown pass from Sean Jastrab to Ethan Durham. One defensive stop and the Bearcats could get even. But Instead Xzavier Ford had other ideas and put the game on ice with a 53-yard touchdown run on the first play of ensuing possession with 4:38 left in the contest.
After Bonita was stopped one more time, the Tartans ran out the clock.
Neither team’s offense could muster any points early as turnovers and penalties were the order of the evening. Glendora turned the ball over four times on the night while Bonita turned it over three.
Bonita got on the board first on a 23-yard touchdown strike from Jastrab to Jacob Horne. After three early turnovers Glendora found the found the end zone late in the second quarter on a one-yard run by Hunter Heflin. The Tartans took the 7-6 lead into the break at the half.
In the third quarter Jacob Gonzalez hit Matt Gonzalez (no relation) on a 12 yard touchdown pass to cap a 55-yard drive to go up 14-6.
Gonzales tossed his second TD of the night mid way through the fourth finding AJ Salgado on a 21-yard touchdown pass. Bonita quickly marched down the field and scored on Jastrab’s scoring strike before Ford and the Tartans ended it.
Jastrab went to this air 53 times for the Bearcats completing 23 for 234 yards and two touchdowns. Horne caught seven passes for 66 yards and a score.
For Glendora Gonzalez threw for 116 yards and two scores. Ford led the running attack with 131 yards and a touchdown.
The Tartans are now a perfect 6-0 on the season while Bonita dropped to 5-1.