Arroyo Defeats Schurr, Advances to Semis
The Arroyo Knights are returning to the semifinals for the first time since 2004 after defeating the Schurr Spartans, 28-14, on Friday night at Ken Davis Field in the second round of CIF’s Mid-Valley Division playoffs.
With the Knights leading 21-14 late in the fourth, they halted a potential game tying score by forcing a fumble. Then they closed the deal.
Arroyo running back Randy Amezcua broke through the line and raced 74-yards for a touchdown with 1:09 to play.
Amezcua, who finished with 153 yards on 19 carries, was only part of the story however. The Arroyo defense stood up time after time and forced Schurr into five turnovers, intercepting quarterback Sal Chavez three times and forcing a pair of fumbles. The Spartans two scores came the unconventional way. One came on a fake punt 61-yard run by Noah Quintero and the other was set up in the fourth quarter when Arroyo muffed a punt on its own 17 yard line.
Jacob Salmon, Sonny Gonzalez and Jose Valdivia all had interceptions for the Knights to go along with two fumble recoveries.
Arroyo quarterback Nathan Coto completed 12 of 19 for 143 yards and two scores and also rushed for 46 yards on nine carries. Both touchdown passes went to Valdivia. The first for 23-yards, the second was an 8-yard strike that gave the Knights an early 13-0 lead.
“Nobody would have wanted our players last year or at the beginning of this year. Nobody would have wanted our quarterback. Nobody knew who he was. But we kept playing and just kept winning. I’m proud to be with a group that includes San Dimas, Paraclete and Monrovia. I’m happy that we are the one MVL team that is represented in the semis,” said Arroyo Coach Jim Singiser.