Thursday Night Lights: Northview, Gladstone stay alive; Azusa closes in on 10-0

Above: Northview’s Marquise Thomas rushed for 173 yards and three TDs to lead Northview to a 41-14 victory over Nogales on Thursday.

Northview 41, Nogales 14
Northview High School knows the road to a CIF-Southern Section playoff bid is out of its hands.
But the Vikings did their part Thursday to stay in the hunt.
Marquise Thomas rushed for 173 yards and three touchdowns and Northview stayed alive with a 41-14 victory over Nogales in a Valle Vista League game at Covina District Field.
Northview, also getting 58 yards rushing from Kyle Spears and a 70-yard scoring pass from Raymond Hernandez to Marcus Ellis, improved to 3-5 overall and 3-2 in league. The Vikings, who have lost to first-place Covina and second-place San Dimas, need to win their last two games and hope to finish in a tie for at least second with Baldwin Park, with whom they finish the season.
Nogales, which received 132 yards rushing and two touchdowns from Patrick Miranda, slipped to 1-7 and 0-4.
“We’ll see what happens tomorrow night, and we’ll go from there,” Northview coach Marcel Perez said. “Our kids keep working, and obviously we still have Baldwin Park left, so we’re still trying to fight.”
Gladstone 21, Bassett 6
It wasn’t pretty but Gladstone High School remained tied for second place and stayed on track to win its first Montview League football title since 2005 with a 21-6 victory over Bassett on Thursday night at Citrus College.
The Gladiators (4-4, 4-1) scored twice in the last 3:29 of the first half to break open a defensive struggle, then hung on for the win.
Jerry Gutierrez caused, then recovered, a fumble at the Olympians 6-yard line. Joseph Herrera blasted into the end zone on the next play. He then ran for the extra pointtwo-point conversion and the Gladiators had a 14-6 lead.
Azusa 51, Ganesha 7
Ganesha High School was the first team into the end zone, and it received the best wishes of every Montview League team in its football showdown against visiting Azusa High on Thursday night.
But the Aztecs scored 51 unanswered points to knock off the Giants, 51-7, and improve to 8-0 remain unbeaten at 8-0 overall, 5-0 in league.
Ganesha (3-5, 2-3) took its lone lead of the game when Andy Baeza scored on a 2-yard run in the first quarter.
But after Giants quarterback Francis Terriantate was injured late in the second quarter, the offense never recovered. Terriantate had 53 yards on 11 carries and did not play in the second half.
Brian Nieto was the offensive star for Azusa (8-0, 5-0) with 118 yards on just seven carries. Nieto scored on runs of 1, 23 and 37 to pace an Aztecs offense that wasn’t running on all cylinders, but was more than good enough to handle Ganesha.

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