Dark Knight For The Rams, 21-0
By Josh Ouellette
Temple City, CA - Arroyo started off on the right foot and never looked back beating Temple City 21-0 this Friday night to win its fourth consecutive Mid Valley Classic.
Receiving the opening kick off the Knights marched down field eating the clock and gaining multiple first downs. Quarterback Nathan Coto finished of the drive with a 25-yard scamper into the endzone to open up the scoring with 7:19 left in the first quarter.
The Rams looked as if they were going to follow their visitor’s pattern and score on their opening drive. TC jumped 76-yards downfield, mostly on a 40-yard pass from Anthony Valencia to Kasmir Khaliq. The drive was halted by a stout Arroyo defense on the two yard line. On fourth and goal the Rams had one of their best chances to score, using the same Valencia to Khaliq connection, with a fade pattern that was caught just outside of the endzone, only to result in a turnover on downs giving the ball back to the Knights.
Both teams exchanged drives for most of the remainder of the half until Arroyo was able to crack the mold. With 0:26 left in the half Coto hit Peter Aholoka on the screen pass, he then took it 70-yards weaving through the TC defense for the trip to paydirt. Adrian Hernandez hit the point after to make the score 14-0 all Arroyo going into the break.
The second half held much of the same for both teams. Penalties helped TC get into good field position but they were unable to capitalize. One bright spot for the Rams was Felipe Serano who had three sacks on the night stopping key plays and stunting the Knights offensive assault.
Arroyo broke through late in the fourth when Coto found Andre Kerkhoff for a 16-yard touchdown pass. Giving the game its final score 21-0.
Arroyo moves on to play La Puente next week. After the game coach Jim Singiser said, ” We face a tough opponent, were not good enough on any side of the ball to play with the mistakes and penalties we had tonight. If we can cut those out I think we’ll be alright.”