Chargers' Heartbeat is Strong In Battle With Tesoro
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.