Fullerton’s impressive 26-0 over Schurr in Friday night’s CIF-SS, Southeast Division water-logged semifinal playoff Mgame reduces the number of area participates in the tournament to three – La Habra and California, which play each other tonight, and St. Paul, which will face Gahr in the Western Division tonight.
Not exactly sure what was proven in Schurr’s loss, other than Fullerton played better than the Spartans in the slop. Fullerton’s Michael Allain was impressive, with his agillity and refusal to go down, but it appeared the Spartans defenders, who often had in him their grasp, had difficulty closing the deal as they slipped off his body. And that’s not an excuse, rather just an observation.
The difference in the game was at the line of scrimmage. Fullerton’s line appeared to adjust to the the slippery footing more easily in giving Allain an opening just big enough (it didn’t take much, he’s listed at only 5-10, 165 pounds), and he did the rest once he got into the secondary.
Schurr’s Raul Pintado was met too often at the LOS by Fullerton defenders, and that took a toll.
To his credit, despite the pounding he was taking, he never quit trying on even one of his 21 carries (for 68 yards).
As for which is the best team, tough to say. Need to see them in dryer conditions. Fullerton adjusted to the conditions more easily and clearly was better Friday night.
More to come on this later.