Clete Closes The Circus
By George Hernandez
Lancaster, CA - The El Monte Air Show up to this fall had always been an annual event at the local Airport vintage planes bringing up vintage moments of areonautical history. This fall however another air show took stage at Lions Stadium and around the valley when the El Monte Lions offense took the field in record breaking fashion. Vintage manuevers, by vintage pilots…It was truly an air circus.
But Friday night Paraclete dropped the tent with a smashing 56-16 victory over the visiting Lions in second round Mid-Valley Division playoff action.
The Spirits Tyler Carvalho threw four touchdown passes to advance Paraclete to the semi-finals and another home game, next week, against San Dimas.
After a three and out for the Lions that saw two dropped passes, the Spirits jump on the board first with a 44-yard run to paydirt from Melquise Stovall making it 7-0 after the extra point.
El Monte got stopped on downs on its next possession and Paraclete wasted little time getting back in the end zone when Chris Campbell bulldozed through the Lions defense for a 34-yard score.
The first play of the second quarter Carvalho threw his first touchdown pass of the night a 26-yard strike to Chad Hall. After another defensive stand for the Spirits Campbell found the end zone again on the ground making it 28-0 early in the second quarter.
The Lions got on the board midway through the second quarter after a long drive Brandon Martinez hit Adolfo Sanchez from six yards out, Abel Barajas got the two point conversion making it 28-8.
Carvalho wasn’t done yet in the first half he found Triston Brown for scores of 22 and 32-yards making it 42-8 at halftime.
On the Spirits first drive of the second half Carvalho threw a floater to Anthony Gonzalez from 10-yards making the score 49-8.
El Monte never quit and after another long drive Martinez found his favorite target Barajas for a one yard score. Bryan Luvano took in the two point conversion making it 49-16.
The Spirits finished off the scoring midway through the fourth quarter when Antoyne Hutcherson pounded into the end zone from 23-yards out putting Paraclete up 56-16.
Martinez finished 19 of 45 for 303-yards two touchdown and two interceptions and 58-yards on the ground. Josh Morales led the receivers with 90-yards. Barajas score in the third broke the school’s record for receiving touchdowns in a season with 18.
Carvalho went 12 of 17 for 233-yards and his four touchdown passes. Campbell and Hutcherson ran for 200-yards and three scores. Brown had 85 yards receiving and two touchdowns.