Rosemead Runs by El Monte

Photo by Jazmin Sahagun

Rosemead running back Patrick Lopez.”

by George Hernandez

El Monte

The Rosemead Panthers took no prisoners as they raced to their seventh consecutive victory by defeating the El Monte Lions 45-0 on Friday night at El Monte High School.

The spotlight was on former Rosemead head coach Matt Koffler returning to the sidelines to fill in for one game while the current staff is serving a one game suspension for an unspecified CIF violation.

The star, however, was Patrick Lopez, who rushed for three touchdowns while playing for Alec Zavala. To go with the three scores Lopez rushed for 208 yards and the Lions never had a chance.

Panthers tight end/linebacker  Michael “Gunny” Sahagun not only had another strong game at linebacker he also punished the Lions defense with four receptions for 83-yards, and two scores. Wide receiver Oscar Noriega also got in on the fun with four catches for 119-yards and a touchdown.

While the Lions are looking to next year, the victory has set Rosemead up with a showdown with Gabrielino next week.

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