By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
BALDWIN PARK – The best talent in the San Gabriel Valley continues to rest in the East. That was made abundantly clear Friday night.
Diamond Ranch’s Gus Viramontes had 208 total yards and threw three touchdown passes and South Hills’ Geoffrey Vaughns had 66 yards receiving and two scores as the East won for the second consecutive year and stretched its series lead to 19-10-2 with a 40-0 thrashing of its West counterparts during the 31st San Gabriel Valley Hall of Fame Game at Baldwin Park High School.
The 40 points scored by the East is the most in the series, and the East registered the fourth shutout.
Viramontes, who threw for 150 yards and rushed for 58 more, earned East MVP. Monrovia’s Josh Lowden was West MVP.
The West looked like it might get the early advantage after Azusa’s Kendrec McDade laid the ball on the ground on his own 37.
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The West nearly took advantage, moving the ball to the East 5 on a 32-yard pass from Temple City’s Rocky Moore to Mitchell Crockum.
Moore, after a sack, then tossed nine yards to Darrian Cazarin to the 1, but Max Ruckle lost two yards on fourth-and-goal.
The East then took control late in the first quarter, driving 91 yards for the early advantage. Viramontes, who had 62 total yards in the first half, sparked the drive with completions of 5, 4 and 11 yards to the West 38. He then followed with runs of 13 and 8 yards, which, coupled with a face-mask penalty, gave the East a second-and-2 at the 10.
Bonita’s Deron Holmes took it in from there, running up the middle for 10 yards and a 7-0 lead with 9:19 left in the second quarter.
The West threatened twice during the final nine minutes of the half, but an interception by Baldwin Park’s Jerone Cox at the East 10 ended one chance before a personal foul following a 16-yard run to the East 38 pushed the West back to its own 46, eventually forcing a punt.
Viramontes then helped the East seize control early in the third quarter. The former Diamond Ranch star sparked an 84-yard drive that was started when Jacob Ammad of Chaffey tossed 26 yards on a half-back option pass to A.J. Powell to the East 42.
Viramontes then tossed 18 yards to Geoffrey Vaughns of South Hills to the West 41 before the quarterback rushed for 24 to the 10. He then tossed 9 yards to Vaughns to make it 13-0 with 8:25 left in the quarter. La Puente’s Ernesto Martin, after a personal foul moved the ball to the 18, missed the conversion.
Vaughns and Viramontes then hooked up again on a 48-yard pass and catch to make it 20-0 with 5:25 remaining in the quarter.
The West failed to gain a first down during four of its first five possessions to begin the second half.