DUARTE VS. GLADSTONE VIDEO
CLIPPED: Duarte quarterback Denzel Talifero accounted for more than two
touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough in a 34-18 setback to Gladstone Friday in a battle
for first place in the Montview League. Staff photo by Sarah Reingewirtz
Well, another Friday Night Lights has come and gone. The highlight was in the Montview League where Duarte’s shot at a league crown were dealt a blow with a 34-18 setback to host Gladstone. The night also saw San Marino and La Salle stay unbeaten, while Gabrielino dropped its first game. Muir stayed in first in the Pacific League with a closer than expected win over Burroughs.
Here’s a brief recap of Friday night’s results and scores.
No. 1 Monrovia 49, La Canada 3 — Sparta was no challenge for the Wildcats, who mauled their second consecutive Rio Hondo League opponent.
No. 2 San Marino 86, Blair 0 —
The Titans kept pace with Monrovia, with an easy win, which saw San Marino take a 37-0 lead while running just 11 plays in the first half.
No. 3 Rio Hondo Prep 52, Chadwick 6 — The Kares might be as dominant in the Prep League as Monrovia is in the Rio Hondo and showed it for the second consecutive week.
Harvard-Westlake 41, No. 4 St. Francis 36 — The fall continues for the Knights, who are 0-2 in the Mission League and saw the their playoff hopes go from slim to nearly non-existent. And traditional power Serra comes to town Thursday.
No. 5 La Salle 47, Mary Star 6 — Another impressive win for the Lancers. Next up is a first-place showdown at Bishop Montgomery, and I live La Salle.
South El Monte 22, No. 6 Gabrielino 9 — Six was enough for Gabrielino, which should be hard-pressed with encounters against Rosemead, El Monte and Arroyo left on the docket.
No. 7 Muir 21, Burroughs 14 —
The Mustangs had to work, but they stayed on course for a Pacific League title. Next week is the battle for first when they host Burbank.
Temple City 42, No. 8 South Pasadena 35 — The rise of the Rams continues, who have going scoreless the first three weeks have yet to be stopped. The win puts Temple City on course for a playoff spot.
Gladstone 34, No. 9 Duarte 18 — The Falcons were clipped by the Gladiators. But they at worse look like the second-best team in the Montview League.
El Monte 50, Rosemead 34
Hoover 37, Pasadena 8
Arcadia 49, Glendale 7
Cantwell 8, Bosco Tech 7
Montebello 48, San Gabriel 41, OT
Alhambra 53, Keppel 20
GLADSTONE TAKES MONTVIEW LEAGUE LEAD
By Steve Ramirez, SGVN
GLENDORA — Gladstone High School didn’t win a league title Friday night.
But the Gladiators took a major step.
Senior quarterback Kevin Amezquita accounted for 196 yards and scored four touchdowns and Gladstone took over first place in the Montview League with a 34-18 victory over visiting Duarte at Citrus College.
The Gladiators, also receiving 72 yards rushing and a touchdown from senior Aaron Sanchez, improved to 7-0 for the first time in school history and 4-0 in league play.
Duarte, which got 213 total yards from quarterback Denzel Talifero, slipped to 4-3 and 3-1.
“This is no different than all the other weeks,” said Gladstone coach Albert Sanchez, who is not ready to crown his team just yet. “We just take it one week at a time, and honestly, I can’t say I’ve been involved with a team like this one that battles to that.
“It’s just week to week, that’s what we go with.”
It worked Friday, although after scoring on its first drive, Gladstone had to withstand a Duarte rally in the third quarter before Amezquita, who rushed for 99 yards and passed for 97, made some big plays in the fourth quarter to seal it.
The senior, after Talifero’s 4-yard run made it 21-12 with 1:46 left in the third quarter, sparked a 55-yard march to extend the lead. He had a completion of 17 yards to the Duarte 38 before Aaron Sanchez ran 23 yards to the 20.
Amezquita then scored from the 2 for a 27-12 lead with 5:36 left in the fourth quarter.
The senior then sealed it, forcing a Duarte fumble at the Gladstone 40 and returning it 60 yards to push it to 34-12 with 4:51 left.
Duarte cut it to 34-18 on a 14-yard pass from Dyran Adams to Tylik Mason with 1:59 left. But Gladstone’s Eduardo Cortez, who had a 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter, recovered the onside kick.
Gladstone then ran out the clock.
“Things didn’t go our way,” Duarte coach Jason Martin said. “It’s hard to swallow this one, because we didn’t take advantage of some of our opportunities.
“I could say that some calls didn’t go our way and that affected us. But it’s football. We just have to move on to next week. We have La Puente and they’re another one-loss team in our league and it’s going to be a competition.”
Gladstone, which had been starting slow in recent weeks, made sure that wasn’t the case Friday.
The Gladiators scored on their first drive before following an interception with a 37-yard march for a 21-6 lead at halftime.
Sanchez made it 7-0 in the first quarter with a 17-yard run. Cortez, after Duarte cut it to 7-6, returned a kickoff 89 yards for a 15-6 lead with 4:10 left.
Amezquita then scored from the 1 for the 21-6 half-time lead.
“We made some big plays,” Albert Sanchez said. “It was a hard-fought game. Our guys played four quarters and that’s what we needed.”
Duarte, which had just two first downs for much of the first half, found it’s rhythm during the third quarter, putting together 47-yard drive to cut it to 21-12 on Talifero’s 4-yard run.
The Falcons then had a chance to trim the deficit a bit more. But George Ramirez intercepted a Talifero pass on fourth-and-4 from the Gladstone 34 and returned to his 45, setting up Amezquita’s 2-yard touchdown run that pushed it to 27-12 with about five mintues to play.
Talifero was injured after a 32-yard run to the Gladstone’ 48 late in the fourth quarter and did not return.