By George Hernandez
(Montclair) – Matthew Tenajaro had two scores including the game winner leading Montclair to a 28-21 victory over South Pasadena Friday night at Montclair high school.
The Tigers got the ball first and handed the ball to Jack Riffle for a pair of first downs, but South Pas tried to go to the air and quarterback Noah Aragon got intercepted.
Montclair took the ball and Tenajaro went to work on the ground breaking a 53-yard run to paydirt just over two minutes into the game.
South Pasadena was forced to punt on its next possession.
This time the Cavs went through the air and Erick Harrison hit Elijah Tehe for a 25-yard touchdown making it 14-0 late in the first quarter.
The Tigers kept the ball on the ground their next drive which led to a five minute drive that was capped off with a one yard dive into the end zone by Riffle.
The Cavs put together a good drive but a missed field goal and gave the ball back to the Tigers.
Aragon hit Grant Huntley for a 44-yard reception which set up a 19-yard touchdown run by Aragon tying the game at 14-14 with two minutes left in the half.
Montclair’s Jeremiah Ortiz had a big 45-yard catch which set up Oliver Suarez just before the half to make it 21-14.
The Cavs first drive of the second half resulted in a punt, but Tigers gave the ball right back when Aragon fumbled.
Montclair with a short field got the ball to first and goal on the three yard line and but South Pas stuffed them on three straight plays stopping Tenajaro on the two yard line to get the ball back.
Tigers went to the air and Aragon hit Huntley for a 83-yard touchdown tying the game at 21-21 midway through the fourth quarter.
Cavs had another good drive but missed a 30-yard field goal with just two minutes left on the clock.
South Pasadena couldn’t get anything going on its drive and was forced to punt.
Montclair got the ball back with under a minute left and instead of calling timeout and going for a field goal Harrison handed the ball off to Tenajaro who shifted through the Tigers defense and scored on a 17-yard run with just four seconds left on the clock.
The Cavs still had to kick off but a onside kick ran out the clock and put Montclair into the Finals.
Tenajaro had 22-carries for 238-yards and two scores. Harrison went 10 of 15 for 204-yards a touchdown.
Riffle for the Tigers had 142-yards rushing and a score.
South Pasadena finished their season 7-6.
Cavs (9-4) will head to their first Finals in school history against Arlington (5-8).