Oilers Too Slick for the Dons

Sean Romero made plenty of plays with his arm!

By Duane Barker

(Montebello) The El Rancho Dons traveled north Friday night to the not so friendly confines of Montebello High School and were treated to a 38-14 drubbing in what was mostly a one-sided game.

The El Rancho offense found it difficult to find any traction against a stout Oiler defense.

The Oilers got the ball first and wasted no time getting on the board. Anthony Marroquin capped a three play, 49-yard drive with a one yard plunge. Carlos Flores came on and booted through the extra point for an early 7-0 lead.

The 7-0 lead would remain until 7:54 left in the first half. An Oiler drive would stall at the El Rancho 10 and Montebello head coach Pete Gonzalez sent Flores back out for a 27-yard field goal attempt. Flores was good on the effort and Montebello now led 10-0.

Julian Silva ground up precious yards to seal the victory.

Less than a minute later the Oilers would light up the scoreboard again. After recovering on onside kick at the Don 49, Montebello only needed 2 plays to find paydirt again. Sean Romero fired a pass in the flat to Nikesh Patel who sliced his way through the El Rancho defense to glory. Flores was good again on the point after.

It was more of Montebello to start the second half. A 56-yard drive was highlighted by a 28-yard strike from Romero to his favorite receiver on the night, Patel. With Flores’ extra point the rout was on for Montebello up 24-0. Patel finished the night hauling in nine passed for 160-yards and the two touchdowns.

While El Rancho’s offense struggled, the defense would be the first to put points on the board for the Dons. Adrian Orihuela picked off a Romero pass in the flat and outraced the Oilers to the endzone. The Dons went for two and were successful when Raymon Rocah found Jayden Parker in the corner of the endzone to complete the two-point conversion with 3:33 left in the third.

Early in the final frame the Oilers pushed their lead to 31-8, grinding up yardage and the clock on an 11-play, 65 yard drive that saw Julian Silva get his first score of the night from 13-yards out.

Romero’s favorite target on the night Nikesh Patel.

El Rancho showed some signs of life on their ensuing drive going 66-yards on 11 plays with Anthony Orihuela getting the call and the score from 2-yards away. The two point conversion was unsuccessful this time but the Dons cut the lead to 31-14.

After the score El Rancho tried the onside kick but were unsuccessful giving the ball up to the Oilers on the Montebello 48. Two plays later Silva got his second score on a 52-yard scamper to the endzone. Flores came on to drill the extra point for the final score of 38-14.

It was a big night for Romero in front of the home crowd hitting on 24 of 37 passes for 320-yards and the two scores.

El Rancho will look to regroup as they prepare for a match up with Mayfair next week while Montebello with try and make it two straight when the Oilers travel to Santa Fe.

15 Comments to "Oilers Too Slick for the Dons"

  1. Whit's Gravatar Whit
    September 12, 2023 - 4:16 pm | Permalink

    Sir, idk what your level of football knowledge is, more than likely very low, but El Rancho has had an All-CIF/All Area QB in almost every season during Adrian Medrano’s 7 year stint with the school. You don’t produce All CIF QB’s unless the coaches in your division select you.

  2. Area Dude's Gravatar Area Dude
    September 12, 2023 - 8:51 am | Permalink

    LOL QB1??? No senor, it’s all hype. ER does not produce QBs. Padding stats doesn’t make you a good program. Again you are not elite.

  3. LS 18's Gravatar LS 18
    September 12, 2023 - 7:31 am | Permalink

    Poor ER. They played with a QB that was actually from Pico Rivera.

  4. TheRanch18's Gravatar TheRanch18
    September 11, 2023 - 8:48 am | Permalink

    lol… Anonymous…
    hate all you want… if this kid follows Medrano’s instructions and executes …. you can add him to the LIST OF QB1 Medrano has had to be One of the Best in the Area & absolutely the best in DRL >FACTS<

  5. ER's Gravatar ER
    September 10, 2023 - 3:35 pm | Permalink

    You can hate on the ER QB all you want, if the replacement can’t complete a pass then your offense becomes extremely limited. I repeat Montebello was better and can’t use injuries as excuses, next man up.

  6. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    September 10, 2023 - 2:53 pm | Permalink

    El Rancho never had a QB so ur point?

  7. Sgv sports's Gravatar Sgv sports
    September 10, 2023 - 5:40 am | Permalink

    Sem is the team this year.💯 DONT DOUBT THE SOUTH

  8. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    September 10, 2023 - 5:31 am | Permalink

    We didn’t have this we didn’t have that. Excuses should be one of Ranchos values.

  9. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    September 10, 2023 - 12:52 am | Permalink

    Let me correct myself ; *injured El Rancho. Most importantly without their qb1 .I will double down on what I said Montebello. Show some consistency, 4 qtrs of solid football.

  10. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    September 10, 2023 - 12:03 am | Permalink

    Everyone is banged up.
    Stop it

  11. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    September 9, 2023 - 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Take it easy Montebello , that was a banged up ER team. I wouldn’t get too excited need some consistency and complete games but it’s a start.

  12. Truth's Gravatar Truth
    September 9, 2023 - 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Sem must not be that bad of team if they still beat tge Oilers

  13. Magic from Blood in Blood out…'s Gravatar Magic from Blood in Blood out…
    September 9, 2023 - 8:16 am | Permalink


    They finally put together a solid game. The last two weeks against mediocre Cantwell and a bad SEM were tough to watch. But last night they executed and played really sound defense. Medrano at ER has built a solid program and they had a rough night. Oilers dominated from the beginning. Great job Pete for having your boys ready. Continue to roll! Bring on Santa Fe!

  14. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    September 9, 2023 - 7:34 am | Permalink

    Oilers dominated. The dons have been in a downward spiral. They are used to padding stats against weaker team and saying they have a good program. Facts don’t lie. Oilers will be the program to watch.

  15. ER's Gravatar ER
    September 9, 2023 - 1:34 am | Permalink

    Hats off to Montebello they were the better team today!

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