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The El Toro Chargers and Tesoro Titans tangled in a physical football contest Friday night at Charger Stadium. When time ran out in the fourth quarter Tesoro ended up on top, 25-21.

El Toro opened the game with an impressive 7 play drive that culminated in a TD when Cooper Jones found Austin Derrico in the back of the end zone for the score and a 7-0 lead. On the drive the Chargers were 4 for 4 in the air including an opening play leaping grab by Shane McLaughlin on the right sideline for a 35 yard gain. McLaughlin finished with 2 catches for 52 yards before the junior WR was forced to leave the game with an injury.

Tesoro scratched their way back to take a 10-7 lead early in the 2nd quarter with a 5 yard rush for a TD, followed by another Titan possession that resulted in a field goal.

However, the El Toro defense changed the momentum of the game back in El Toro’s favor with a key 3rd and 1, and 4th and 1 stop on consecutive tackles by AJ Aguilar. The Charger offense took that momentum and on the next play from scrimmage Jones hit Noah Aguilar over the middle. who then broke into the clear for a 57 yard TD. That put the Chargers back on top 14-10. El Toro’s defense stopped the Titans again, and running back Marcus Blevins, who carried the ball 24 times for 88 rushing yards on the night, followed a lead block by senior center Kevin Frum on the right side, found daylight, and scampered 48 yards for the touchdown extending the ET lead to 21-10.

Tesoro slowly clawed their way back into the game in the 2nd half, taking the lead back with 8 minutes to go. El Toro had 2 final drives but could not get what they needed.

The Chargers defense was relentless in the Titans backfield, holding the Titans to 30 yards rushing on 24 carries. El Toro’s defense, which had an interception by Sam Whipple, also made it tough for quarterbacks Chase Petersen and Aaron Angelos, who combined to complete 15 of 37 passes. Whipple’s INT came when Tyler Romo heavily pressured the Tesoro QB and made him hurry his throw before being sacked. Andrew Aguilar played big on the defensive line and had 6 tackles. AJ Aguilar and Jacob Williams led the Chargers with 7 each, and Charles Poderoso had 5. Robert Brandenburg had a couple of tackles and a sack.

On offense Austin Derrico finished with 8 catches for 142 yards, and Aguilar had 7 catches for 119 yards. Then big men up front who battle in the trenches on offense, Conrad Frick, Kyle Whitesides, Kevin Frum, Dominick Vasquez, Ben Chretin, and Andrew Aguilar made up an offensive line that created running room for running backs Blevins and Ricky Silva who combined for 100 yards rushing. Cooper Jones was 24-45 passing for 335 yards and 2 TD’s.

“El Toro is very good,” Tesoro Head Coach Matt Poston said. “To get a win here is huge.”

Next Friday the Chargers play host to Hilltop High School from San Diego.

Making Big Strides!!!

Posted by EL TORO FOOTBALL at Sep 16, 2016 8:09AM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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The El Toro Freshman were in a battle yesterday afternoon defending their home turf. The Tesoro Titans were in town and after they took a 7-0 lead Dylan Reynolds hit Connor Kentros for a 43-strike to move the beloved Chargers within one after the two-point conversion failed. On the ensuing drive the Chargers defense stiffened and forced a three and out. Milo Pena partially blocked the Tesoro punt and ET was in business on the Tesoro 32-yard line. The Chargers offense who moved the ball very well all day was not able to convert the good field position into points. The Titans took a 14-6 lead and then El Toro went on an impressive march. Starting a drive on its on 28-yard line Steven Gutierrez connected with Kentros for a 32-yard gain to the Tesoro 40-yard line. Mike Brown had two impressive runs behind the downhill blocking of ET’s O-Line that pushed the ball inside the redzone. As the second quarter started Gutierrez hit Logan Jolliffe on a swing pass that put the ball first and goal from the Tesoro 4-yard line. On fourth down the Chargers pass went incomplete and Tesoro took over on downs. Both defenses stiffened as they forced punts on the next four possessions. Tesoro then struck to take a 21-6 lead. The Chargers again got the ball back and marched right down into the Titans redzone but were unable to convert the drive into points as the half ended. Tesoro took the opening second half drive and scored to increase their lead to 28-6. The Chargers offense again marched right down the field mixing in some timely completions and impressive runs that put ET back into the Titans redzone. The Chargers turned the ball over on a fluky play that gave the Titans the ball back on their own 42-yard line. Tesoro was able to convert the turnover into point to make it 35-6. Each team added another score and final was 42-12. The score was certainly not indicative of how well the Chargers played and close the game was. The Chargers are definitely making big strides as they head into league play in the coming weeks.

Making Big Strides!!!

Posted by Freshman at Sep 16, 2016 8:08AM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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The El Toro Freshman were in a battle yesterday afternoon defending their home turf. The Tesoro Titans were in town and after they took a 7-0 lead Dylan Reynolds hit Connor Kentros for a 43-strike to move the beloved Chargers within one after the two-point conversion failed. On the ensuing drive the Chargers defense stiffened and forced a three and out. Milo Pena partially blocked the Tesoro punt and ET was in business on the Tesoro 32-yard line. The Chargers offense who moved the ball very well all day was not able to convert the good field position into points. The Titans took a 14-6 lead and then El Toro went on an impressive march. Starting a drive on its on 28-yard line Steven Gutierrez connected with Kentros for a 32-yard gain to the Tesoro 40-yard line. Mike Brown had two impressive runs behind the downhill blocking of ET’s O-Line that pushed the ball inside the redzone. As the second quarter started Gutierrez hit Logan Jolliffe on a swing pass that put the ball first and goal from the Tesoro 4-yard line. On fourth down the Chargers pass went incomplete and Tesoro took over on downs. Both defenses stiffened as they forced punts on the next four possessions. Tesoro then struck to take a 21-6 lead. The Chargers again got the ball back and marched right down into the Titans redzone but were unable to convert the drive into points as the half ended. Tesoro took the opening second half drive and scored to increase their lead to 28-6. The Chargers offense again marched right down the field mixing in some timely completions and impressive runs that put ET back into the Titans redzone. The Chargers turned the ball over on a fluky play that gave the Titans the ball back on their own 42-yard line. Tesoro was able to convert the turnover into point to make it 35-6. Each team added another score and final was 42-12. The score was certainly not indicative of how well the Chargers played and close the game was. The Chargers are definitely making big strides as they head into league play in the coming weeks.

Tough Yards

Posted by Freshman at Sep 16, 2016 8:06AM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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Mike Brown continues to run the ball hard in the Chargers running attack.

Sacked!

Posted by Jim Kentros at Sep 16, 2016 8:04AM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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Milo Pena delivers a crushing hit on the Tesoro QB