Santa Fe High School may have found an answer for its injury-plagued running game.
And don’t misinterpret this to be a knock on Keith Gaines or Anthony Santana, talented athletes in their own right but hampered much of the season by injuries, or Miguel Garcia, who seems of late to be concentrating more on defense, but David Bomer could be the light at the end of the tunnel.
A week ago, Bomer entered the game in the fourth quarter and gained 49 yards on nine carries to help preserve a 21-9 win over La Serna. This week, he rushed 24 times for 163 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs’ 31-21 win over Whittier.
Bomer is a 6-foot, 180-pound junior, and if he can provide the Chiefs with at least a semblance of a running game, it couldn’t come at a better time for the five-time defending Del Rio League champions. On the horizon waits upset-minded El Rancho, described by one league observer as the “best 0-8 team around.”
And that was prior to the Dons leading California, 14-10, with nine minutes to play before losing a tough decision, 24-14, Friday night.
The rest of Friday night’s results:
La Serna 20, Pioneer 17 (OT): Michael Ellison supplies the game-winning field goal for the third time this season, and Jon Potts (25 for 187 yards) continues to show he ranks with the area’s best running backs. Another tough loss for coach Ramon Juarez’s hard-working Titans.
Schurr 21, Bell Gardens 10: Three-time defending Almont League champion Spartans clinch a tie for No. 4 as DB Raul Pintado (two interceptions) leads sparkling defensive effort.
St. Paul 34, Alemany 7: Coach Pete Gonzalez’s kids showing uncommon maturity in keeping chances for playoff berth alive.
La Mirada 42, Cerritos 21: Bring on the postseason before the Matadores cool off.
Troy 42, La Habra 38: This one could have gone either way. Team with the ball last wins. As for which is the better team, nothing was solved, at least not for longer than the moment.
Brentwood 28, Whittier Christian 13: The most impressive aspect to this one is not so much who won as it is the Eagles holding Esteban Camarillo to 113 yards rushing.
San Gabriel 33, Montebello 27: The Oilers can’t seem to get their offense and defense playing on the same page at the same time.