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Schurr Advances With 31-7 Win Over Baldwin Park

  • By David Armenta
MONTEBELLO - 11/19/10 - The Schurr High offense was hitting on all cylinders in its 31-7 victory over Baldwin Park High in the opening round of the CIF Southern Section playoffs Friday night.

The Spartans (7-4) line, which was led by senior lineman Albert "The Rhino" Perez, kept their senior quarterback Aaron Cantu well protected in the pocket and allowed him to pick apart the Braves defense.

"I feel comfortable with my line, led by Albert, and felt as protected as I can be and they really didn't respect them as they blitzed us, but the line held strong," Cantu said.

It didn't take long for the Spartans to jump on the Braves as they took the opening series and drove down 79-yards and capped it with a 15-yard touchdown run by senior receiver Alejandro Castro for a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.

The Braves (5-6) had a chance to make it a game in the second quarter when they were at the Spartan one-yard line, but was stuffed on fourth-and-one by the Spartans defense and that gave Schurr the momentum swing it needed.

"That gave us confidence that we could shut these guys down and it really pumped us up mentally and from that point on we got more physical as it gave us a big boost," Spartans coach Ben Negrete said.

After the stop, the Spartans put the hurt on as senior tight end Chris Jordan took a screen, broke some tackles and raced downfield for a 52-yard touchdown, adding onto the lead, 14-0, in the second quarter.

Spartans senior kicker Gustavo Tlatebchi hit a 26-yard field goal just before the half and extended their lead to 17-0.

The Spartans put the game away for good in the third quarter when Jordan again took a screen for a 63-yard touchdown on the Spartans first play in the second half for a 24-0 lead. He finished the night with three catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns.

The Spartans will now continue their quest for a CIF championship as they go on the road next Friday to take on Monrovia High, which beat Gladstone, 42-3.

"Were just trying to take it one game at a time and were not looking ahead, but just focusing on the opponent we have next," Perez said.

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