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SG All Over Aztecs, 42-0

  • By Freddy Aleman
SAN GABRIEL - 10/22/2010 - It was a festive Friday night for the San Gabriel High football team, as the school celebrated its homecoming week and topped it off by the Matadors crushing visiting Mark Keppel High, 42-0, in a CIF Southern Section Almont League game.

The Matadors (3-4 overall, 1-1 in league) next host Bell Gardens High at 7 p.m. on Oct. 29. The Aztecs (0-7, 0-2) next week will continue in search of their first win of the season, as they travel to face first place Schurr High at 7 p.m.

"We went back to the drawing board after last week's game," said Matador coach Jude Oliva. "We went back to some things that we weren't executing well. We made it a point to get after it and it defiantly showed in the first half."

The Matadors defiantly grabbed the game by the throat in the first half, as they jumped out to an electrifying 42-0 halftime advantage.

During the game's opening drive the Matadors capped a sensational first possession with a six-yard rushing touchdown by senior tailback Arthur Brown. Brown put an exclamation point on a seven-play, 64-yard scoring drive that lasted 2:37. On its opening possession,

Keppel seemed to be marching downfield for a potential score. A 39-yard pass by Tyler Takeshita put the Aztecs in scoring position.

However, Takeshita later on the drive threw an errant pass that was intercepted by Matador defensive back Andres Fernandez. Fernandez took the bad pass back 69 yards for the touchdown.

In front, 14-0, the Matadors would show little mercy for the lonely Aztecs during the first half. Three first half touchdown throws by quarterback Andy Guerrero (80, 41 and 24 yards respectively) all but crushed any hope the Aztecs had of a potential victory.

"The offensive line gave me time to throw and my receivers (caught) the ball," said Guerrero. "I've matured and have been working hard. Eric (Alvarez) works really hard which is why he was the starting quarterback. But I started working hard which has made a difference (in my game)."

Brown's second rushing touchdown in the second quarter sealed the first half and game score 42-0.

"(Brown's) slowly but surely is getting healthy," said Oliva. "We are monitoring his reps but we liked what we saw (of Brown) and of (Guerrero) today."

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