Gabrielino Explodes Early, Holds on Late
September 5, 2012 • 997 views
By Corey Kwok
San Gabriel, CA - Gabrielino erupted to a 21-0 first quarter lead and relied upon its defense afterwards to fend off Bosco Tech for a 27-21 victory.
Sophomore quarterback Elijah Peters connected with Jeremy Franco from 18- yards, then found Brian Vargas for a 57-yard daylight dash to the end zone.
Linebacker Chris Montoya, who recovered a fumble that led to his team’s first score, again surfaced for the Tongva Nation with an interception that put GHS at Bosco’s 29.
Peters sustained a sack for an 8-yard loss before Lorenzo Mena broke loose through middle and leftward on second and 18 for a 36-yard score to make it 21-0 with 1:38 to play in the opening stanza.
The Tigers roared back in the second quarter, netting their first score when Carlos Ramirez trucked in a 6-yarder. Bosco defensive back Max Mora intercepted a Peters pass and dashed 48-yards for the pick-six to bring BT back to within a touchdown.
The third quarter was scoreless for both squads but the Eagles Cameryn Matthews ended the frame with a big 37-yard reception deep in Tiger territory as time ran out.
Bosco held their ground, though, and the Eagles settled for an Oscar Palma 41- yard field goal as Gabrielino bought some breathing room.
Moments later the breathing room was gone as the Tigers David Fuentez returned the ensuing kick 91-yards for a touchdown to trim Gabrielino’s lead to three, 24-21.
With 7:51 left Palma belted another field goal thru the uprights, this time a 35-yarder, to bookend all scoring.
The Tigers went three and out on their final possession with Gabrielino’s Eddie Garcia batting away a key fourth down pass.
Peters completed 9 of 15 by air, amassing 171 yards with one interception and two touchdowns.
Bosco Tech’s Carlos Ramirez led all rushers, carrying the rock 23 times for 111 yards and one touchdown.