By Rich Whittington
(El Monte) El Monte continued their winning ways Friday evening, as the Lions completely dominated the visiting Rosemead Panthers, 59-24, in front of a sizable
Homecoming crowd at Lions Stadium.
El Monte was led by the scoring trio of RB Davon Booth, RB Abel Cueva, and QB Joseph Herrera. Booth led the way for the Lions, rushing for 223 yards on 20 carries,
while scoring touchdowns of 3, 6, and 60 yards.
Additionally, Booth converted three 2-point conversion attempts. Booth would also be on the receiving end of a 40 yard TD pass from Herrera. Cueva added three TD’s of his own… scoring on runs of 4, 6, and 38 yards.
Cueva also successfully converted two additional 2-Point PAT attempts. Last, but certainly not least, Herrera added a pair of TD’s of his own, scoring on a 1 yard TD
blast, as well throwing the scoring pass mentioned above.
The EM offense accounted for 486 total yards, the “Lion’s Share”, 446 yards, coming on the ground.
Rosemead was led by QB Ivan Ostry, who had a part in all of the points that were scored by the Panthers. Ostry rushed for 127 yards on 21 carries, including touchdowns of 6 and
12 yards. In addition, Ostry connected with David Padilla for a 39 yard aerial score. Ostry also converted 3 2-Point PAT attempts…running in two of the scores,
and passing to RB Jaydon Campbell for the third.
The EM defense also made their presence known by providing consistent pressure which inhibited Rosemead’s ability to find a comfortable rhythm. Standouts on defense included Marcos Montoya, who sacked QB Ostry for a 7 yard loss, JJ Reyes, who intercepted an errant Ostry pass, and Juan Torres, who knocked down a Rosemead pass attempt.
Next week, Rosemead travels to South El Monte to battle the Eagles. El Monte is also on the road, as the Lions travel to Arroyo to take on the Knights. Kickoff for both of these contests in s 7:00 p.m.