Thursday Night Final: Big plays lead Bishop Montgomery over Bosco Tech in Del Rey League showdown

LEADING THE WAY: Steven Barron of Bosco Tech leads the blocking during Thursday’s 35-14 loss to Bishop Montgomery on Thursday. Correspondent photo by Larry Goren/Sports

By Keith Lair, SGVN

SAN GABRIEL — Big plays came at the right time for Bishop Montgomery High School on Thursday night.
The Knights scored four touchdowns of 26 yards or more en route to a 35-14 victory over Bosco Tech in a Del Rey League game at Gabrielino High.
“Give them credit. Those big plays, they killed us,” Bosco Tech coach Chris Shockley said. “Take those away and it was a much closer game.”
It certainly was not the short, grind-it-out type of football that decided the outcome. Because of the defensive play by both teams, neither team ran the ball effectively, although Bosco Tech’s David Fuentes did have 167 yards and two TDs on 32 carries.
It was the Knights, undefeated in league play, and 6-1 overall, who came up with the big plays. Right from the start. Bryan Paredes returned the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown.
“A couple of big plays and we broke it open,” Bishop Montgomery coach Ed Hodgkiss said.
After the Knights stopped the Tigers (1-5, 1-1), Robert Rodgers returned a Fuentes punt 35 yards to the Bosco Tech 45-yard line.
Bishop Montgomery got as close as the 17, but the Tigers held and Jonathan Kim missed his first of three field-goal attempts. The Knights immediately forced a Fuentes fumble, but the Tigers, who held the Knights to 32 yards rushing in the first half, were stopped again, and then Kim missed again.
Paredes then broke through the Tigers again, taking a reverse 26 yards, untouched, for a TD and a 14-0 lead.
“The first half we were shooting ourselves in the foot and it was still only 14 points,” Shockley said.
On the Knights’ first play of the second half, quarterback Louie Soto went over the middle to tight end Alex Hernandez for 27 yards and Robbie Hou went off tackle on the next play for a 27-yard TD to make it 21-0.
“It’s frustrating because you think you’re in the game, but you’re giving away things like that,” Shockley said. “You take those things away and you’re right there.”
The Tigers finally seemed to get their offense going. They ran off 17 plays, including a pair of fourth-down runs. But Cameron Hughes stepped in front of a Brady Martinez pass along the sidelines and went 70 yards untouched to make it 28-0.
The Tigers’ first scoring drive did not take as long. Two helmet-to-helmet personal fouls on a pair of eight-yard runs helped. Fuentes scored from the 4.
“Our offense sputtered,” Shockley said. “We could not get the third down (conversion). We were keeping it close, but we couldn’t convert. We couldn’t get a rhythm going on offense.”
Hou then made it 35-7, the Knights finally beginning to find a running game. He scored on a 7-yarder.
Michael Turner led the Knights with 62 yards rushing on nine carries and Hou had 51 yards on 10 carries.
“Both defenses played really well,” Hodgkiss said. “Our offense was going off like we usually do.”
Fuentes scored on a 23-yard run with 2:05 to play, the Tigers’ longest play from scrimmage. It was set up by an Alejandro De La Torre interception.
Turner then had the ball stripped and Edward Osorio recovered on the Bishop Montgomery 21.
The Tigers got to the 1-yard line. With fourth down and 6seconds to play, Martinez’s pass was knocked down on what appeared to be a broken play.

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  • Observer

    That game tonight was a couple of plays away from being a score away with Tech trying to score to end the game. Bishop Montgomery was a much bigger, stronger, and faster team but the 25 or so from Bosco kept fighting. Not sure if it was shoot yourselves in the foot or just poor coaching decisions. Bosco moved the ball well on the ground but if they have a running back that could make a cut back they gain a lot more yards. That is one tough bunch of boys that Bosco has. Good luck in the remainder of your games.

  • CIF Fan

    Observer please go play miniture golf or go to the movies. Bosco tech is weak and it’s a waste of time talking about them. I know alot of Pop Warner teams that can beat Bosco tech.

  • CIF Fan

    Observer please go to church or go to the movies talking about Bosco Tech Football is a big waste of time. I know of some Pop Warner teams that can beat Bosco Tech.

  • Steve Ramirez

    Lets try to show a little class, CIF fan. The players at Bosco Tech work just as hard as those at Muir, PHS and Monrovia, or any other team in the area. I’m sure Bosco’s players enjoyed being on center stage on Thursday.

  • Observer

    CIF Fan, you are pathetic, Bosco Tech does more with less than anyone else each year. If your really a CiF Fan than you would enjoy watching all levels of football .

    Thank you Steve Rameriz for keeping class in this blog.

    The Tigers are play with heart, even know they are 1 and 5 they were in every game except 1including this game they never backed down. They went toe to toe with Gabrieleno, Wilson,, and had Westminister. The one thing I see with this team is they had a lot of players with little playing time on Varsity. As last years team had a Loy of Seniors playing both ways this team is starting to ind their identity. Keep working hard and staying focused 3 more league games and Tigers have a good chance to make playoffs.

  • Bosco Parent

    Wow, CIF Fan sounds a little angry and like a disgruntled parent. Could it be that CIF Fan’s kid couldn’t make it on Bosco’s team, or maybe got kicked out of the school or left due to financial reasons. Everbody knows that Bosco has never been about the sports programs like the other schools, the boys come here to get a top notch college prep education. The sports is secondary. For the most part the boys that attend Bosco are not atheletes but they enjoy playing their perspective sports.
    I think CIF Fan should stick with those Pop Warner games he is so fond of, it sounds like he is intellectually more suited for that.