"It got a little wild and wooly out there. The kids are well-coached and they know what to do. We just don't give up," Schurr coach Ben Negrete said. "I'm a bit emotional right now, but I am real proud of my kids for bouncing back. Our boys were able to stand up and take care of business."
With both teams struggling to get anything going for more than three-and-a-half quarters the Spartans (3-3 overall, 1-0 in league) and Lancers (3-3, 0-1) exchanged touchdowns and leads in the final four minutes, with Schurr holding on for victory to disappoint Bell Gardens on homecoming night.
The Spartans struck first when quarterback Aaron Cantu found Matthew Contreras for a five-yard touchdown pass with 21 seconds remaining in the half to give Schurr a 6-0 lead as both teams headed to the locker room.
After a prolonged halftime break for homecoming festivities and a scoreless third quarter, both teams exchanged field goals, allowing Schurr to preserve a 9-3 lead entering the final moments of the fourth quarter.
Suddenly, the Lancer offense awoke when Josh Adam found Chris Gutierrez for a 48-yard touchdown pass down the Schurr sideline to give Bell Gardens a 10-9 lead with 1:58 remaining in the game.
However, Cantu responded immediately, completing three passes on an eight-play, 81-yard game-winning drive capped with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Abraham Gonzalez with 1:02 remaining. After a successful two-point conversion between Cantu and Gonzales, Schurr took control with a 17-10 lead.
Adam was unable to make one final push for Bell Gardens, as he was sacked twice by the Schurr defense deep in Lancer territory, preserving the victory for the Spartans.
"We talked about play for four quarters. (Schurr) did and we didn't," Bell Gardens coach David Ramos said. "We just couldn't finish it off in the end. Their defense alignments did a great job at disrupting what we wanted to do."