What A Ride! - El Toro Finishes A Season Full Of Great Moments By Great Players
El Toro’s season ended at St. Francis high school in LaCanada in their semi final playoff game, one week earlier than the Chargers wanted. But for the Charger faithful the story wasn’t the game with the Knights, it was the ascension of the 2017 team and a deep run in the playoffs that thrilled ET Nation and got El Toro to their first semi final Thanksgiving weekend game since 2011.
A tip of the hat to St. Francis who executed near perfect football Friday night and made the Chargers play from behind for the first time in the playoffs. But even in the loss the Chargers did not go down without a fight. They traded punches with the Knights early, and tried valiantly to overcome some early setbacks, but in the end the Knights pulled away.
To get to this semi final game El Toro had to clear two big hurdles, 9-1 Villa Park, and 11-0 Lompoc. Beating Villa Park at Fred Kelly Stadium in a 50-45 thriller was one to remember with big plays coming fast, and big hits all over the field. But to follow that up with a first ever playoff win at home in new Chargers Stadium over an unbeaten Lompoc team in convincing fashion was truly a topper. The Chargers played so well, and were on point to such a degree against the Braves that the whole thing resembled a video game at times.
And earlier in the season El Toro spoiled Tesoro’s Homecoming game and beat the Titans at their place in a game that made hearts stop and fingernails disappear. That win was the first time a Chargers team had beaten Tesoro in the Matt Poston era, and the first time since 2012.
These are a just a few of the signature team moments that filled the 2017 campaign with incredible memories for all who watched. Many would agree that a $10 ticket for El Toro football was the best value money could buy in OC in 2017!
All of these moments were the result of a team full of great players that persevered, worked hard, stuck together, believed in each other, and loved each other deeply, even in the face of difficulty. Credit to coach Mayoral and his staff, for when a team’s trajectory is so obviously on the rise and it’s improvement so acutely visible throughout a season, it is the result of great coaching.
Congratulations Chargers on an exciting 2017. To play a semi-final playoff high school football game on Thanksgiving weekend is rare and special. Not many get to do it. But we did. And we are all grateful for that.
The Coach Richard Beatie Football Scholarship Award