El Monte Prevails Over Baldwin Park, 44-41

El Monte’s Abel Barajas stiff arms a Baldwin Park defender. (Photo courtesy of www.peanutbuttersports.smugmug.com)

, Richard Whittington
August 30, 2012 • 2,342 views

By Rich Whittington
El Monte, CA – Baldwin Park fell to El Monte 44-41 Friday night at Lions Stadium in large part because of themselves…And five touchown passes by Brandon Martinez.
The Braves were hit with a pass interference penalty with 4:07 remaining in the game keeping Lions “go ahead” drive alive and on a fumble at the 1:56 mark, which was recovered by El Monte’s Bradley Berling, to seal things for the home team.
The Lions, contenders for this year’s Mission Valley League title, were forced to rally from a 41-30 deficit late in the contest with an offense that lived up to expectations.
Martinez connected on five touchdown passes. The scoring strikes, measuring 59, 47, 45, 23, and 22 yards respectively, were caught by Abel Barrajas (catches of 47 and 22 yards), Josh Wu (59 yards), Adolfo Sanchez (45 yards), and Josh Morales (23 yards). Additionally, Senior Running Back Bryan Luevano added a 3 yard scoring run, which aided in propelling the Lions to victory.
Much of Baldwin Park’s success was thanks to the excellent play of junior quarterback Michael Moran, who threw for two touchdowns and ran for one more. Moran’s scoring strikes were to junior wide out Julio Tinajero (21-yards), and to sophomore Receiver Hector Moran (4-yards). Rushing touchdowns were contributed by Moran (1-0yard), Sophomore Niko Carravantes (33-yards), Senior Raymond Calzada (6-yards), and Junior Tim Wells (2-yards).

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