By SHEL SEGAL
ROSEMEAD – Wide receiver Eli Garner had a career night, reeling in five catches for 187 yards as Rosemead did away with visiting Gabrielino 35-14 on Friday night in a Mission Valley League game.
Garner had two touchdown catches for the Panthers (2-5, 2-1 MVL). The first was a 72-yard reception from quarterback Isala Ah-Hing with 9:51 left in the first half that gave Rosemead a 14-0 lead.
The other was a 70-yard scoring pass from Rosemead's other quarterback, Alex Argueta, midway through the third quarter to put the Panthers up, 28-7.
As Rosemead runs a platoon situation at quarterback between Argueta, who started, and Ah-High, Garner said it actually is easy to follow and doesn't get confusion as one would think.
"It's pretty easy," Garner said. "We work both of them during practice. They switch on and off and on and off. It's not strange."
Both quarterbacks had solid games. Argueta completed nine of 12 passes for 137 yards and one touchdown, while Ah-Hing was 6-for-8 with 163 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
Garner added he couldn't have had such a good game if it weren't for the play of everyone around him.
"It was the blocking up front, giving time to the quarterback and my slot receiver just getting the blocks to me to get an open lane and just score," he said. "It was the blocking overall."
With the heart of MVL play coming next Friday with a game at home against South El Monte, Garner also said he knows the Panthers have their work cut out for them if they are going to take home the league title.
"We just got to buckle down," he said. "Like the coaches say, at the end of the game we can't let the other team get to our head. We got to just keep playing our game."
Rosemead coach Marc Paramo agreed with Garner, adding he is hoping the Panthers can build on this win.
"We're trying to get some momentum," he said. "We won our first game last week. If we have any desires to make the playoffs we need to finish out. … We just got to be ready to go."
He added using the quarterback platoon is something the Panthers are going to stick with, at least for now.
"We haven't been able to run the ball all year long," Paramo said. "The short pass game has been kind of an extension of our run game. We've been fortunate, but we need to get better up front. Both quarterbacks, I know it's not easy going in and out, but right now that's what we think is best for our team. We'll go from there."
Leading the offense for Gabrielino was quarterback Harrison Sanin, who tried to lead the Eagles to a comeback win in the second half. In the pocket, Sanin completed 11 of 33 passes for 114 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
He also did his best on the ground, rushing for 81 yards on 18 carries. If it weren't for a few bad runs late in the fourth quarter, Sanin would have finished with a 100-yard game.
Gabrielino coach Harold Sanin said the Eagles didn't come out on all cylinders like the Panthers did and that cost his team the game.
"Rosemead's a good team," he said. "They played well in the first half. They came out hungry. They had a tough preseason and I think they just are starting to put it together. They took advantage of our mistakes. We tried to calm down in the second half. It just was too late. We didn't have enough from there."