Thursday Final: Azusa struggles again, loses to Don Lugo, 39-14 to fall to 1-2

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By Brian Reed-Baiotto
Don Lugo High didn’t just come into Citrus College Thursday night and beat host Azusa, 39-14 in a nonleague match up, the Conquistadores made it look easy.

Don Lugo (2-2) led 27-0 before Azusa scored its first points of the game halfway through the third quarter and the difference at quarterback told much of the story.

The Conquistadores Marc Wiseman was an efficient 13 of 22 for 204 yards, including three touchdowns and no picks, while Azusa’s Jose Ledesma threw two touchdowns, but was intercepted four times. (To continue click thread)

Don Lugo took advantage of an Azusa personal foul to extend its first scoring drive, and Wiseman turned it into six points when he hit Marcus Helton on a 20-yard strike with 5:20 remaining in the half.

Jorge Montelongo then sprinted in from 59 yards out to give the Conquistadores a 12-0 lead after both extra-point attempts (one run, one kick) failed.

Azusa (1-2) was trying to run out the clock deep in its own territory with the chance of regrouping at the half and trailing just 12-0, but a fumble recovered by Don Lugo’s Nestor Aquino led to a Wiseman to Jaylen Hall 9-yard score with just five seconds left in the half to give the Conquistadores a 20-0 lead at the break.

Terree Gordon’s 27-yard scoring run on the first possession of the second half gave Don Lugo and 27-0 lead and for all intents and purposes, put the game out of reach.

“We were really anxious to put last week’s (59-13) loss to Diamond Bar behind us and we had a really good week of practice and it paid off tonight,” Wiseman said. “I think our line wore them down in the second half, and we took advantage of four turnovers tonight, which were huge in our favor.”

Ledesma did throw a 26-yard touchdown to Josh Dillon and a 63-yard strike to Carlos Monteil, but the damage had already been more than done.

The Azusa signal caller completed just 12 of 26 passes for 204 yards and could have been picked off at least twice more.

Jaylen Hall had two interceptions of Ledesma, while Justin Daines and Marcus Helton had a pick each for Don Lugo.

The Conquistadores defense held Azusa to minus-23 yards rushing and Jacob Valdez sacked Ledesma twice.

Things got ugly late in the game, when, after Ledesma was picked for the fourth time, Azusa’s Dillon was called for a personal foul and then kicked the referee’s flag into the air and was ejected.

Gordon and Montelongo combined to rush for 182 yards on 22 carries and three touchdowns. Gordon’s scores were of 27 and 54 yards and he also had three receptions for 81 yards.

Hunter Grasp caught four passes for 72 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown from Wiseman.

Azusa, which has now allowed 89 points in its two losses, was led offensively by Monteil, who caught for passes for a game-high 116 yards and a touchdown.

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  • Hacienda

    I know the Hacienda League plays some big-time football, for it’s division, having won more play-off games and all the titles since its inception, but Walnut and D-Ranch are division 7 (Southeast), while Don Lugo and the rest of the Mt Baldy League are D-5 (Central).

    So, actually, Don Lugo losses are to lower level opponents

    But, the Hacienda League appreciates the compliments!

  • AMAT 73

    Hey PRIDE,
    You going to be at the game tonight ?? Saw you posting on the live coverage so I guess you’re on night shift . Either way good luck to your AZTECS tonight .


    ALRIGHT AMAT73; How you doing! Thanks for wishing the AZTECS LUCK tonight! Yes been putting in a lot of OT lately, been on the live blog on Friday nights and I got to pass the time somehow! LOL 73, I know you got to be loving how AMATS been playing and finally the DREAM MATCH UP IS HERE! AMAT VS. CHARTER OAK, WOW Have a good time at the game and thats going to be the event of the YEAR for the San Gabriel Valley, and the talk for years to come! Years back my nephew played for Charter Oak and my niece graduated from AMAT, so Im staying mutual! LOL Hopefully this game is played like the Chino Hills game were it comes to the LAST SECONDS! Loll

    Got some good news 73, my son was given from a full football scholarship to EVANGEL UNIVERSITY in Springfield, Missouri and took a trip there Aug 6,2012, and was very impressed with the University and the City! The reason why Im mentioning it here is, because on the roster they mention the high school and JC School and mention the Coaches!

    Well I just want to thank the AZUSA AZTEC program for preparing him so to speak to get to the next level and I want to personally thank Coach Scherf, Bettle, Bubba and both the defensive coaches. I also want to wish them well this season and the AZUSA AZTECS, that one day they can raise that CIF PLAQUE!

    AMAT73, If you get a chance check out the roster. Good Talking to you, and GOOD LUCK TO BOTH TEAMS!!!

    #30 Steven Arceo
    LB, 6-1, 198, Jr.
    Azuza, California
    Previous College: Played at Citrus College for the last two years under head coach
    Ron Poncewas named a 2nd team all-conference performer in 2011was fourth
    on his team in tackles last year with 53 in 9 games playedhad 11 tackles for losses
    totaling 43 yards.
    High School: Played for Azuza High School under head coach Joe Sherfteam
    went 10-2 in his senior seasonnamed fi rst team All-Montview League as a junior
    and as a senior on both offense and defensealso played baseball and track.
    Personal: Born on 11-16-1990son of Paul and Anna Arceowill be an Athletic
    Training majorhas two sistersinterested in a career as a sports therapisthobbies include surfi nglast
    name is pronounced Are-see-oh.


    Oh, and to FRED’S HEADLINES;

    Thursday Countdown: Is Azusa coming back to earth? Is the Aztecs’ dominating run in the Montview nearing an end? Don Lugo first, answers start next week



  • patrick

    Correction that 51-13 loss was to Diamond Bar not Diamond Ranch!

  • SO

    score? as usual the scoreboard never gets updated…unless its amat playing!

  • Colt74

    Don Lugo 20
    Azusa 0

  • SO

    Dang….was rooting for Asuza….and this is coming from an SD fan. Thanks for the update colt

  • Colt74

    End of 3rd
    Don Lugo 33
    Azusa 14

  • Colt74

    Don Lugo 39
    Azusa 14

  • SaintsR4real


    Was it really a struggle?? Isn’t Don Lugo in a significant higher division than Azusa. Aztecs, hold your head up high, you fought a good fight and were down a couple of key players. This game definitely prepared you for league play.



    AZUSA had a long tough night and ill br truthful it was hard to see that! Example, AzusAs DB’s I say at the tallest are around 5’7 and they’re covering receivers that are easily 6’1 or 2, well its going to be a long night. I had a good time seeing old friends which was the highlight of night. Have a lot to work AZUSA, good luck and work hard…


    Oops sorry about the errors was doing this on my cellphone. Good luck to you tomorrow. Saintsr4real. Hey Coach Schuster from Monrovia was their tonight and good seeing the excoach from AZUSA..

  • Azusa Not that Good

    The Mt Baldy League my be in a hgiher division but only Chino and Colony are caable of competing in that division. Don Lugo is okay but consistently fieldsthe worst team in the Chino school district. For example, they lost to D Bar 51-13 and Ayala beay D Bar 47-16. You get the point. Azusa is not that good. My prediction is that they won’t make the playoffs unless the Montview is taking more than 2 teams this year.

  • AMAT 73

    Sorry about last nights loss but that’s great news on your son. Glad to hear that he got a full ride . Just shows you what hard work and determination both on and off the field can do . Great job by you and your better half on raising a fine young man who I am sure has you busting out with PRIDE . Congratulations and who knows, maybe we see him wearing Blue and Gold on Sundays in the future. Either way best wishes and good luck to him in his college career.
    Should I be looking for “CRUSADER PRIDE” now on the blogs for your posts ?????

  • Mean Green Pastures….AKA GP

    Azusa will be ready for league and playoffs. No team in the Montview is as good as Don Lugo. Regardless who Don Lugo lost too, they should have won this game. Some time uppers who play lowers, play harder in those games, because they know they won’t win too many more in league, so they really need those W’s to keep from going 0-10, 2-8 or below .500. Outside of Monrovia, San Dimas, Sierra Canyon, and Paraclete, you don’t see many D11-12 schools who can beat teams 5-7 divisions above them. However, Azusa played hard and didn’t quit. See what happens is when the Aztecs get to league, they will be guarding similar talent. If their opponents don’t prepare, Azusa will run all over them. Azusa’s program is at a point where they need play these kind of games to get them to the next level. They are no longer a helpless football team. These are not down years for them. If they continue to beef up their schedule, sooner or later they are going to win it. If they were in their current division two years ago, they probably would have been playing Sierra Canyon or or Paraclete in the semi’s. They have a shot this year. This is a valuable experience for them…nothing to be ashamed of.

  • WTF

    Azusa has the same problem that most team have in San Gabriel Valley. You need to build a program 1st then a team.
    1.The coach need to get involved in Youth Football
    2. Your freshman team must be given alot of attention not just an after thought. This is the future.
    3. The Coaches and their fans always make excuses the athlete lack the size,speed or to young. This is all crap.

    Too all you coaches looking for the next D1 athlete he is not coming and stop looking just do your job and be a great coach (Gano). You must be a great coach nothing less is just not fair to kids who their heart and soul.

  • Don


    Great news on the Evangel gig. We talked to them a couple years ago and it was all good. My take was they are sort of a smaller scale APU type school. Great students, Christian education, serious about their sports. Know the area well, we have lots of cousins nearby, mostly south of Springfield but they love it there and wouldn’t live anywhere else. Congratulations.


    Amat 73 and Don thank you!!! You could say I was busting out with PRIDE because I nearly bought everything I could when I was at their student store, buying anything that said Evangel Football on it.LOL Dont be surprised if you see a car with an EVANGEL Football bumper sticker around the SGV! HAHAHA
    Pretty positive stuff on this thread about AZUSA, and Im sure the Coaches and the Fans would have to agree! Thanks guys, and lets just enjoy the game!

    CRUSADER PRIDE! Like that AMAT73