“Defense wins championships,” South El Monte coach Ibis Aguilar said. “Yes. Definitely. We just do what we do. We’ve done it every week. And today I think we had a pretty good offensive effort as well. I’ve always felt we had the No. 1 defense (in league) and that we could defend their offense. We are the No. 1 team in our league and we proved that tonight.”
Thursday’s Mission Valley results and game stories
South El Monte 33, El Monte 20
Rosemead 35, Mountain View 28
Arroyo 28, Gabrielino 0
Note: South El Monte enters Mid-Valley Division playoffs as the No. 1 entry with El Monte second and Arroyo third.