The Aztecs’ 27-game league winning streak was over and rival Gladstone had stolen the headlines by entering Friday’s rivalry game undefeated and off to its best start in school history.
But Azusa never stopped believing and regained its swagger, handing Gladstone its first loss 27-17 in front of an estimated 5,000 at Citrus College.
Martinez does enough to help El Monte win: El Monte quarterback Brandon Martinez led his team to a 38-20 win over Mountain View in a Mission Valley League game Friday night.
Martinez passed for 184 yards and two touchdowns and added 78 yards on the ground and three more touchdowns.
The Lancers twice wasted opportunities on Crespi’s side of the field to open the second half before junior Adrian Ortega blocked a punt that was recovered by senior Jorge Cortez for the Lancers’ only score of the half.
It proved to be the difference, however, as Bishop Amat (6-1-1, 1-1) held on for a 24-21 win over Crespi (7-2, 2-1) in a Serra League showdown between two desperate teams.
Bonita works hard to beat Los Altos: With 3:48 left in regulation, Los Altos punted the ball to Bonita with a 31-29 lead. After getting one first down on the previous four drives, Bonita began to move the ball a drive that culminated in a 28-yard touchdown run by senior Reggie Turner, giving Bonita the lead.
Bishop Amat 24, Crespi 21
Azusa 27, Gladstone 17
Charter Oak 41, Ayala 14
Bonita 35, Los Altos 31
La Puente 21, Duarte 20
El Monte 38, Mountain View 20
Gabrielino 13, Rosemead 7
Diamond Bar 41, Walnut 35, 2OT
Sierra Vista 48, Bassett 0
South El Monte 13, Arroyo 7
Rowland 23, Diamond Ranch 16
Chino Hills 57, Clarmont 12
Northview 35, Baldwin Park 0
Pomona 10, Nogales 7