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Rosemead Wastes Fregoso's Performance

  • By Parimal M. Rohit
Rosemead4EL MONTE - 10/22/2010 - Matt Fregoso was virtually a one-man show for the Rosemead High football team, but his rushing attack was not enough as host Arroyo High defeated the Panthers, 35-21, in a CIF Southern Section Mission Valley League contest.

Fregoso rushed for 191 yards and one touchdown on 30 carries for Rosemead (4-3 overall, 1-1 in league) and helped his Panthers stay in the game through three quarters. However, the Arroyo defense returned two intercepted passes for touchdowns late in the second half to put the Panthers away for good.

"We've had a problem turning over the ball. We don't turnover the ball and we're still in this game," Rosemead coach Matt Koffler said. "This game was a coin toss. We knew we were going to play well, we knew we were going to put up a fight, but once again, you just can't turn over that football."

Rosemead5Koffler essentially summed up the entire game, in which Rosemead came from behind to tie the game at 14-14 when quarterback Matt Macias found Steven San Miguel for a 34-yard touchdown pass with 4:26 remaining in the third period.

After an Arroyo punt, the Knights (6-1, 2-0) reclaimed the lead when Mike Amaya intercepted a Macias pass and returned the picked toss 19 yards for a touchdown, giving Arroyo a 21-14 lead in the final minute of the third quarter.

Arroyo extended the lead to 28-14 in the fourth quarter when David Guerrero and Anthony Miller connected on a 24-yard touchdown pass.

On Rosemead's first play after the Arroyo score, Alexis Aceves intercepted another Macias pass, returning this interception for a 40-yard touchdown return to give the Knights a 35-14 lead with 6:34 remaining in the game.

The Panthers rounded out the scoring when David Villalobos caught an eight-yard touchdown pass from Macias with 2:07 remaining to make it 35-21.

Eddie Solario had 122 rushing yards on 20 carries for the Knights.

"The two interceptions were big, but this game was everything everyone talked about," Arroyo coach Jim Singiser said. "The interceptions put it away, but both teams really slugged it out."

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