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Third Quarter TD Propels Schurr To Win

  • By David Armenta
WHITTIER - 9/30/2010 - The Schurr High football team ended a two-year skid against host California High with a 28-23 victory Thursday night in a nonleague CIF game.

The play of the night came from Spartan senior running back Abraham Gonzalez, who scored the winning touchdown on an 85-yard screen from senior quarterback Aaron Cantu in the third quarter.

"I was just trying to get my team in the end zone and get my team the win and had the mindset of not going down until my last breath on that score," Gonzalez said.

The Condors (0-4) did not go down lightly in the second half as they were fighting for their first victory of the season and showed their pride on Homecoming night.

"Cal, you have to give them a hand. They came back and made it a close game," coach Ben Negrete said.

In the first half it looked like a toe-to-toe boxing match as both teams went back and forth on scoring drives when the Spartans scored on their first possession when Cantu connected on a 24-yard touchdown pass with his senior receiver Alejandro Castro and the early 7-0 lead in the first quarter.

The Condors responded on the next drive when their sophomore quarterback Drew Castro ran it in for a 24-yard touchdown scramble and closed the lead to 7-6, in the first quarter.

The Spartans (2-2) added onto their lead in the second quarter when Cantu threw a beautiful 33-yard touchdown pass to Castro for a 14-6 lead.

Drew Castro was not going to be outdone when he connected with his go-to senior receiver Maximo Gonzalez on a 42-yard touchdown pass and a two-point conversion tied the score 14-14.

An interception from Spartans junior cornerback Brandon Chavez helped set-up the next score when Cantu hit Gonzalez for a 15-yard touchdown pass and a 21-14 lead before the half.

The Spartans gave up enough opportunities to the Condors to win the game in the second half as they gave up two turnovers and good field position to them.

"We wanted to come out and play physical and a little to physical in the penalties we got, but I'd rather take those penalties with the effort I got in the second half," Negrete said.

A safety by the Spartans cut the lead for the Condors to 21-16 in the third quarter.

The Condors than rallied for a last ditch effort in the fourth quarter when Drew Castro threw an amazing pass to Gonzalez in between two Spartan defenders for their last score to make the score 28-23 in the fourth quarter.

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