Rancho Christian’s Second Half Performance is the Difference as they Outscore South El Monte 28-14 for the Victory
In last night’s “Battle of the Eagles”, the two teams fought to a 14-14 tie as they headed to the lockers at halftime. Rancho Christian scored first on junior Jaden Schieberl’s 36-yard run. Schieberl made it 14-0 on the Eagles’ next possession when he burst through for a 53-yard touchdown.
South El Monte struck right back on back to back touchdowns of their own. Junior running back Sal Tovar found a hole and took the ball 62-yards into the End zone to make it 14-7. With time running out in the half, junior quarterback Daniel Olmos tossed a pass to junior Richard Nava who took it 39-yards for a touchdown to tie it up.
Rancho Christian won the second half and the game. The Eagles jumped ahead 21-14 on the second play of the third quarter as Schieberl scored his third touchdown of the night, this one a 69 yard run. Sophomore Malosi Napoleon added another 7 points with his 31-yard dance into the end zone.
South El Monte was down but not out as Olmos out ran the Rancho Christian defenders 38-yards for a touchdown on a quarterback keeper The lead was cut to a single TD, 28-21.
Rancho Christian drove right back down the field and Schieberl scored his fourth and final touchdown of the game on a 6-yard run with 9:30 left to play. Sophomore Jojo Saatzer slammed the door shut for the Eagles when he stepped in front of Olmos’ pass for a key interception which he ran back 20-yards. Napoleon sealed the deal with a 8-yard run to put the game away 42-21.
Olmos would score the final touchdown for South El Monte on a late fourth quarter run. He completed 10 of his 14 passes for 111 yards and ran for 69 more. Tovar ended up running for 136 yards on 22 carries.
Rancho Christian will be home next Saturday to face Santa Ana. The Undefeated Saints have crushed all of their opponents in the CIF Southern Section Division 13 Playoffs. They began by beating Alhambra 32-8, then spanked Azusa 41-0. Santa Ana ran over Laguna Beach 66-27 in Friday night’s semifinal game.
Photos by Erin Baker