Lions Light up Rosemead
By Tim Peterson
Rosemead, CA -Brandon Martinez threw six touchdown passes and ran for another to lead El Monte to a 50-34 win over Rosemead Friday night. Martinez spread the wealth throwing two touchdown passes each to Abel Barrajas, Josh Morales and Adolfo Sanchez.
El Monte jumped out to a 36-14 halftime lead courtesy of four touchdown passes by Martinez including a 60 yarder to Adolfo Sanchez and tosses of 33 to Barrajas and 26 to Morales. It looked like the Lions would run away and hide in the second half but Rosemead quickly got back into it with two scores to open the third quarter.
Everado Camacho connected with Steven San Miguel for a 34 yard score. The Lions fumbled a snap on the ensuing possession and Rosemead immediately cashed in again. From the El Monte 27, the Panthers needed just six plays to get in the endzone with Camacho capping it with a five ayrd run. Suddenly Rosemead had made it a one possession game at 36-28.
But the Lions kicked it right back into high gear. Martinez hit Barajas for a 48 yard pass down to the 11 yard line. From there Martinez fired a ten yard bullet to Sanchez and then the senior quarterback ran in the to point conversion and the advantage was back to 16.
Michael Suhagen caught a one yard toss from Camacho with just seven seconds remaining in the third quarter to give Rosemead 20 points in the third and cut the lead to 44-34. But Martinez’ sixth TD pass of the night – this one for 23 yards to Morales and an interception by Marco Reyes of Camacho late in the fourth iced it for the Lions.
El Monte struck twice in the first quarter. After a big punt return by Barrajas set up the Lons at the Rosemead 23, Martinez connected with him for a four yard touchdown pass. After forcing Rosemead to punt, Martinez rilfed a spiral over the middle hitting Sanchez in stride who strutted into the endzone for a 60 yard score for a 12-0 lead.
The Panthers then made thier first run of the game with two straight touchdowns to grab the lead. Camacho hooked up with San Miguel for a 38 yard gain and he found him again on the next play for a ten yard score to get the Mead in the board.
El Monte was stopped on fourth down and Rosemead took over at its own 45 on the next possession. Camacho went to San Miguel again this time hitting him with a 34 yard strike to start the second quarter. And suddenly the Panthers were up 14-12.
“They took a 14-12 lead. That’s not something we worry about especially in the first or second quarter,” said El Monte Coach Joel Sanchez.
And worry they didn’t as the Lions went on a 24-0 run to close out the first half. Twice Martinez made big pass plays for touchdowns – 33 yards to Barrajas and 26 to Morales and El Monte converted on all three two point conversions.
14-12 Rosemead turned into 36-14 Lions at the half. It looked like it was over already early before Rosemead came out with the two quick scores to open the third. The Panthers made it interesting for awhile but it wasn’t enough.
“We played hard to the last whistle. That’s what we do and we got a victory and now we move forward,” Sanchez said. “I tell people all the time unless you come and see us you think it’s just the Brandon Martinez show. Of course he’s great, we know that. But so is Abel (Barrajas), so is Josh Morales, Adolfo Sanchez and Josh Wu. It’s a group of guys, about four or five guys that are good. It’s not just one or two. And another thing is our line. I haven’t heard one thing about our line all year and our line is playing thier butts off every game. They leave it all the field and do everything we ask them to do.”
Martinez, behind that line, threw for 381 yards and six scores on 21 completions. Everybody got into the act as Martinez threw to five different receivers. Barrajas had 98 yards receiving, Sanchez 88, wu 84 and Morales 75. Martinez added 84 yards on the grond and Angel Gonzalez contributed 52 rushing yards.
San Miguel did the most damage for Rosemead with 11 catches for 167 yards and three touchdowns. Alec Zavala ran for 117 yards on 15 carries.
“Everybody talks about their offense but their defense made a couple of big stops too and you have to take your hats off to them,” said Rosemead Coach Marc Paramo.