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Panthers Move On Behind Fregoso's 7 TDs

  • By Freddy Aleman
Rosemead3ROSEMEAD - 11/19/10 - Panther tailback Matt Fregoso's astonishing seven touchdowns and 365 yards rushing helped host steer Rosemead High to a 49-36 victory over Temple City High Friday night in a CIF Southern Section playoff game.

After failing to get out of the first round last season losing to San Marino High, this year Fregoso was determined not to relive the painful memories of last season's final game.

"Last season we lost to another Rio Hondo League team, San Marino," said Fregoso. "I did not want to go out that way again."

With the victory, the Panthers will travel to face Village Christian High at 7 p.m. next Friday.

Rosemead2After struggling to find running run room during their first three offensive possessions, the Panthers (8-3) late in the first quarter would find the openings they desired. With 3:28 remaining in the opening quarter, Fregoso found running room down the left sideline to score from nine yards out to tie the game at 7 a piece.

"The first couple of series (Temple City was) bringing the house and it was hard to run," Fregoso said. "After the first score, everything seemed to open up."

Although the Rams (4-7) stayed stirred for stirred with the Panthers during the first half, they had no answers to slow down the 5-foot, 9-inch, 170-pound Fregoso.

Scoring runs of 96 yards and three yards by Fregoso helped put the Panthers out in front, 21-17, at the break.

After falling behind, 24-21, minutes into the third quarter, the Panthers' offense from that point forward would run ramped over the Rams.

"It was about giving our offense the ball back," said Panther coach Matt Koeffler. "We knew we could score points and move the football. It was a matter of time before we found the end zone."

Find the end zone the Panthers surely did.

Touchdown runs by Fregoso of nine, 11 and 59 yards, respectively, helped put the Panthers well in front, 42-24, heading into the fourth quarter.

With the game all but in hand, a 20-yard scoring run by Fregoso sealed the game.\"I owe it all to my offensive line because they open all the holes and I just run through them," Fregoso said. "I don't worry about my stats too much. I just try to help win games for my team."

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