Montclair player gets points for perserverance

Montclair High School’s Fernando Soto gave new meaning to the words playing through pain.

The junior, who plays linebacker but also serves as the team’s long snapper, played much of the second half of the 38-6 win over San Gabriel with a broken ankle.

Coach T.J. Fiorenza says he was without his backup long snapper too because his backup was unable to make the game.

Soto apparently broke the ankle while playing defense and was hobbling around so much so that the officials told Fiorenza the player couldn’t be out on the field.

Undeterred the player “snuck” his way onto the field to handle his long-snapping duties.

Fiorenza also singled out the play of senior corner back-wide receiver Drew Gonzales, a transfer FROM Upland. The school was waiting for word on his eligibility from the CIF and that didn’t come until the day of the game. Because of that the coaches weren’t counting on him but got a great contribution.

The Cavaliers (1-0) host Alta Loma (0-1) on Thursday.