San Dimas Survives Covina

It was a wild nght at Covina District Field.

By George Hernandez

[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

7 Comments to "San Dimas Survives Covina"

  1. KyleMar's Gravatar KyleMar
    October 19, 2019 - 9:19 pm | Permalink

    Cmon man! Back in 1986-87 we would have steamrolled SD! KyleMar

  2. QB Sneak's Gravatar QB Sneak
    October 19, 2019 - 3:09 am | Permalink

    San Dimas Fanatic aka Cry baby! Didn’t know this was English 101. I guess you didn’t go to class either. The phrase I know what your going to say. Did you mean “you’re or “you are”? Going to say, “I bet you I can throw it over those mountains” Did you want to erase or add a punctuation mark at the end of the paragraph? I would love to meet you and see what kind of idiot you really are. Careful playing Rowland Friday night. It could be a long night for San Dimas. Can’t wait to hear the excuses next week!

  3. San Dimas Fanatic's Gravatar San Dimas Fanatic
    October 18, 2019 - 10:33 pm | Permalink

    QB Sneak AKA Uncle RICO, you played at the next level but apparently didn’t go to class. The phrase is “We don’t play ‘well’ on Thursday’s.” And for years that is true it’s a phenomenon I can’t explain. And I hope that SD players and coaches prove you wrong in the playoffs. Remember 1+1 is two, so round two is not one and done. BTW SD made it to the second round last year, where many programs would love to be at, at least once every other year. I know what your going to say, “I bet you I can throw it over those mountains”

  4. San Dimas Fanatic's Gravatar San Dimas Fanatic
    October 18, 2019 - 7:57 am | Permalink

    What a great game! Coach Ziola had his team prepared using his running back as a duel threat. Very impressive! Proud of our SD boys and coach Holman for facing a lot of adversity and pulling off an exciting win.

  5. QB Sneak's Gravatar QB Sneak
    October 18, 2019 - 7:51 am | Permalink

    San Dimas Fanatic??
    Waiting for your excuse for SD giving up 55 points. Great job coach Holman and Lopez! Did you guys practice at all for Covina? I can hear it now! We don’t play good on Thursday night!
    Like I said. it’s one and done in the playoffs for SD.

  6. SO's Gravatar SO
    October 17, 2019 - 11:42 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely a crazy back and forth game. So entertaining

  7. Stampede's Gravatar Stampede
    October 17, 2019 - 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Proud of this colts team. They’ve lost several starters to injury in prior games and somehow they still fight

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