[Covina] – San Dimas’ three headed backfield rallied the Saints from a 10-point halftime deficit to lead them to a 58-55 victory over Covina at Covina District Field Thursday night in Valle Vista League action.
The Colts struck on their first possession as quarterback Daniel Arochi threw a perfect pass to an open Matt Mannino for a 60-yard score.
San Dimas got to work with their ground and pound offense and Bleau Wallace capped it off with a 10-yard scoring run making it 7-6 after the Saints missed a two point conversion.
Covina put Mannino to work again this time as running back Eric Cuellar hit Mannino with a tight pass and after a few broken tackles and 55-yards later Colts had the lead at 14-6.
The Saints matched it, this time with Jacob Buccola who broke through the Colts defense for a 65-yard scamper to paydirt putting the score at 14-12 after another missed two point conversion.
San Dimas finally got a stop and took the lead when Nicholas Cuda busted off a 34-yard touchdown run giving the Saints their first advantage at 18-14.
Cuellar started working his magic on the ground and broke through the defense for a six yard score and a 21-18 Colts lead.
Neither team made a stop in the second quarter. Cuda got in the end zone for a second time for the Saints on a seven yard blast, Cuellar got his second touchdown pass of the game when he hit Mannino again and Cuellar would break the plane this time on a 21-yard run. That put the score at 35-25 Colts at halftime.
San Dimas got the ball first in the second half and capitalized. Wallace got his second score of the game from six yards out and after a Saints stop Wallace visited the end zone again this time from two yards making it 38-35, Saints with their first lead.
That didn’t last long however as Cuellar stumbled but stood on his feet and went all the way to the house on a 64-yard score, making it 42-38 Colts.
Wallace and Cuda answered back for the Saints on scoring runs of 22 and 13-yards.
Cuellar went back behind center and hit a Tim Tebow fake run to pass play for a touchdown to Donovan Zackary getting the Colts within three at 51-48.
Saints put up some insurance points when Buccola got his second score of the day on a 10-yard sweep.
Arochi, back behind center,he hit Danny Urrea on a 38-yard touchdown pass making it a three point game again at 58-55, but the Colts failed to recover the onside kick and the Saints ran the last two minutes out.
Cuellar finished 6 of 9 passing for 123 yards and with three touchdown passes and a interception. He also had 28-carries for 234 yards and three scores. Quarterback Arochi went 7 of 14 for 171 yards and two passing touchdowns. Urrea had a interception for the Colts on defense.
The Saints rushed for 563-yards, Wallace 27-carries for 197-yards and four scores, he also had two catches for 20-yards. Buccola had seven carries racking up 105-yards and two touchdowns and a interception. Cuda led San Dimas with 231-yards on 16-carries and three touchdowns.
San Dimas (6-2) will travel to Rowland next week and Covina (3-5) will stay home and battle Northview