El Toro Beats Tesoro, 34-29
By ZACH CAVANAGH
September 15, 2017 at 11:32 pm
LAS FLORES – Early in the second quarter, El Toro held a comfortable 28-point lead.
No. 19 El Toro (2-2) was rolling early over No. 15 Tesoro (1-3) with two turnovers forced and scores on its first four drives.
On the game’s opening drive, Julian Bruce exploded from 30 yards out for the opening score.
On Tesoro’s drive, Wes Henderson pulled in an interception to give El Toro the ball at midfield.
Three plays later, Cooper Jones hit Shane McLaughlin up the middle for a 49-yard touchdown pass and a two-score lead.
Henderson came up big again to force a fumble as Tesoro was driving to the endzone that El Toro recovered at its own two-yard line.
The Chargers then drove 98 yards including a 30-yard pass from Jones to Austin Derrico and a 15-yard TD pass to Noah Aguilar for the three-score lead.
Jones threw a third TD pass, a four-yarder to McLaughlin, for the 28-0 lead in the second quarter.
Jones finished 23-of-40 passing for 339 yards.
McLaughlin got six passes for 110 yards.
Zach Wran plunged in from four yards out to get Tesoro on the board before halftime, and Petersen came out firing in the second half.
Tesoro got a field goal, and then Petersen ran in touchdowns of 29, 26 and 36 yards to pull the Titans within two points, 31-29.
Petersen ran the ball 18 times for 188 yards and finished 14-of-31 passing for 195 yards.
El Toro’s offense was ice cold in the second half before it got its second of two second-half field goals for the five-point lead.
The El Toro defense made the plays for it to hold.
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