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Gladstone Runs Over La Puente

Photo by Duane Barker

Gladstone quarterback Kevin Amezquita

By Duane Barker

By Duane Barker

La Puente- Kevin Amezquita scored two times, Aaron Sanchez two times and Eduardo Cortez scored once as the Gladstone Gladiators dominated the La Puente Warriors 37-7 Friday night in the Montview League opener at McIntosh Stadium. The three Warriors gained 186-yards and three scores in the first half en route to 314-yards and five total touchdowns.

Gladstone might have added more to their total if not for a serious injury to La Puente’s Ivan Vasquez. Vasquez was injured early in the fourth quarter on a tackle near the Gladstone sideline. Reportedly Vasquez fell face first into the turf with his facemask taking the entire blow. Vasquez lay motionless for quite some time as he was being attended to by La Puente and Gladstone medical personnel. With the score 37-7 at that point coaches Brandon Rohr and Albert Sanchez decided to call the game. Vasquez did manage a thumbs up sign for the Gladiator fans as he was loaded into the ambulance.Few were the highlights for La Puente on the evening as their lone touchdown came on a 19-yard pass from Vasquez to Joseph Centeno. Centeno was also knocked out of the game late in the first half.On the ground for the Warriors Ruben Elias managed 65-yards on 12 carries.After the Warrior touchdown the Gladiators reeled off 29 unanswered points.There was no hangover from the 68-66 triple overtime win for the Gladiators as they scored on the first three possessions and on defense only allowing the one score.

Gladstone’s final score on the night came after a grueling 15 play 68 yard drive that started in the third quarter and ended with 11:55 left in the game. Amezquita scored on a one yard run to reach paydirt for the second time on the night. “You never want to end a game in this type of situation. We understand it ‘s part of the game but you never, never want to see on any team. It puts a little damper on it obviously on the whole situation of our game but we executed our game plan tremendously almost without flaw” commented a somber Gladiator head coach Albert Sanchez after the game.

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