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Baldwin Park Too Much for El Monte High School

by George Hernandez

Baldwin Park

The Baldwin Park Braves built up a 34-0 lead in the first half and cruised to an easy 47-18 victory over the visiting El Monte Lions on Friday night in the season opener for both schools.

Braves triggerman Michael Moran tossed  three touchdown passes and rammed another in on the ground to lead his team.

Baldwin Park scored on its first three turns with the ball to take 21-0 in the first quarter.

The halftime score was 34-6.

Moran’s final numbers were 19 of 29 for 304 yards. Helping out were running backs Christian Barazza and Hector Moran each scoring touchdowns on the ground. Wide receiver/defensive back Jayson Miller scored on a 75-yard pass from Moran and added an interception for good measure. Defensive back Julio Tinajero picked off two passes and returned on 33-yards for a touchdown.

The Lions were paced by wide receiver Roy Barrajas’s seven catches for 152 yards and  touchdown. He also carried the ball eight times for 55 yards and a score.

“Number seven (Barrajas) you’re going to hear about him for the next three years make a note of that,” said El Monte HC Joel Sanchez.

Adam Cuevas was the starter at quarterback for El Monte. In his first start he was 16 of 33 for 278 and a pair of touchdowns. He was sacked five times.

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