Montgomery (3-7, 2-1) outlasts Castle Park as the Aztecs spoil Senior Night in the Land of Troy defeating the Trojans 18-14.
The first quarter went by faster than a Brett Favre bullet pass as long drives turned up short due to two big fourth down stops. Both offenses came up blank on their first two drives. Montgomery was the first to strike on their third drive covering 74 yards in 10 plays. Anthony Bugarin started at quarterback for the first time this season and got the scoring started with a nine-yard touchdown run. The Aztecs defense would come up with a big play on defense on the ensuing drive as Victor Ayala forced the fumble and Chris Conception scooped and scored as they took a 12-0 lead.
Castle Park (2-8, 1-2) would get a much needed boost from the special teams, as Chris Arana returned the kickoff 82 yards for the touchdown to cut the deficit in half. The kickoff return was well timed with less than a minute left in the second quarter as the halftime score would stay 12-6.
It was a big victory for the Aztecs as their third win of the season might have put them in playoff contention in Division V as they took second place in the Metro-Pacific League. A feather in the cap for Montgomery’s chances of making the playoffs is that in their pre-league schedule they only played one team in their division. It was the only pre-league win as they went winless in six games against opponents in higher divisions.
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The Castle Park Trojans (1-8, 1-1) and Head Coach Hans Graham look to end on a high note at home against cross-town rival the Montgomery Aztecs.
Coach Graham, heading into his 24th season, has had one of his toughest seasons to date, but back-to-back wins in front of the home crowd will give great momentum to the underclassmen including Eleazar Cruz. Cruz has been an impact player on both sides of the ball as quarterback and safety. The junior was an integral part of their win against Southwest throwing for 300 yards and four touchdowns along with having the game-ending interception. He then followed up his next game with a three-touchdown performance coming up a two-point conversion short of beating San Ysidro and playing for the Metro-Pacific League title. The tri-sport athlete (Hockey, Baseball) backs his athletics with his academics as he currently holds a 3.7 GPA.
The Aztecs (2-7, 1-1) are on a similar path in 2016. Both teams have beat league opponent Southwest and are battling for second place in league. Some programs would be disappointed with a second place finish, but Head Coach Sanjevi Subbiah could build off a runner-up finish in his first year as head coach. Sanjevi would tie for most wins (3) in the last four years played. If you were to just look at the records it might not seem like a big game, but both teams can take a lot from a victory heading into their 2017 campaign.
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