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Matadors Pick Up First Victory Of Season

  • By Freddy Aleman
SAN GABRIEL - 9/24/2010 - The San Gabriel High football team got its first victory of the season, 27-6, over visiting Contreras High Friday night in a CIF nonleague game.

Led by one time backup quarterback Andy Guerrero, who passed for 135 yards while rushing for a team-high 156 yards, the Matador victory gave new head coach Jude Oliva his first win.

"It feels really good to get the monkey off our back," said Oliva. "The kids played really hard and it was a good way to get the W."

Guerrero is quite possibly the player to save the once-bleak Matador (1-3) season. During last week's game against Burbank High,

Guerrero went into the game in the second quarter, nearly rallying the Matadors from a 37-point deficit.

"The kid is an athlete," said Oliva. "(Guerrero) gives the offense the needed spark."

Guerrero was given the opportunity the start his first game of the 2010 season, after previous starting quarterback Eric Alvarez struggled to lead the Matador offensive charge.

Heading into the game against Contreras, the Matadors would need an inspired team effort to help pick up the slack for banged up running back Arthur Brown. Brown, during the game against Burbank, left the game with a severe left ankle injury.

During the first quarter, Guerrero opened the game with a jaw-dropping run, as he scrambled downfield for an electrifying 73-yard touchdown run.

A rushing touchdown by Brown and a scoring reception by Mark Covarrubias put the Matadors ahead 21-0 at halftime.

Following a Contreras touchdown by Jose Rodriquez, which cut the Matador led to 21-6, a 3-yard run by Brown made the final score, 27-6, in favor of San Gabriel.

It was a complete team effort victory for the Matadors, as their defense held Contreras to just 262 yards of total offense. Contreras only attempted four passes during the game. One of Contreras's passes was intercepted by Matador defender Carlos Purser.

The next Matador game is scheduled for Friday Oct. 3, as they take on local rival Rosemead High in a nonleague game.

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