Schurr (9-4) vs. Santa Fe (12-1)

This game between the Spartans and Chiefs will be played somewhere between Pioneer and Whittier Boulevards at a site listed as TBA

Something happened on the way to the CIF-Southern Section Eastern Division big money game between Orange County's Fullerton Troy and La Habra. Los Angeles County came along and snatched the bag after Santa Fe Springs Santa Fe whipped Troy 33-28 on Saturday and Montebello Schurr stopped La Habra 9-7 on Friday.

 

The CIF couldn't have come up with a worse case scenario. The CIF gets half the playoff gate and its biggest sponsor, Toyota, doesn't sell many new Camrey's in East L.A.

 

The game goes on and good luck collecting half the gate. Lost also is the possibility of a televised game between Troy and La Habra. Revenue from a game at Home Depot Stadium. Nope!

 

This game between the Spartans and Chiefs will be played somewhere between Pioneer and Whittier Boulevards at a site listed as TBA. It won't be televised on three television stations like Edison and Orange Lutheran, but Schurr versus Santa Fe could be the best of all championship games.

 

On paper, Schurr (9-4) doesn't stand a chance against Santa Fe (12-1), who for six years has marched throught Del Rio League play to go 30-0.

 

Schurr was pasted by Alhambra and lost to Downey. Santa Fe defeated both. Schurr is portrayed as the closest team to "Rockey" in the Southern Section after the Spartans entered the playoffs with a 6-4 mark. Nothing has come easy for Schurr.

 

In beating Troy, Santa Fe stopped one of the best running back tandems in Southern California. Derrick Coleman and Chris Ramirez were both contained to under 100 yards rushing. Troy was also limited to 22 yards passing.

 

The Chiefs have a muscular defensive line which features Manuel Garcia and hard-hitting defensive backs in Romeo Pellum, Victor Layton, Miguel Garcia, and Leonard Romero.

 

Coach Jack Malstede has many offensive options to draw from, his most favorite is the quick outlet pass to his receivers. Pellum has grabbed the little hitch pass and gained big yardage all season. Chiefs' QB Angel Molina shredded Troy, going 15-for-24 for 295 yards, 2 TD, and ran for another.

 

In the Spartans upset over Troy, Molina found Pellum 7 times for 179 yards, 2 TD, including a quick pass and run for a 70-yard TD. Santa Fe has RB's David Bomer and Kaduma Walker, who rushed for 90 yards on 7 carries on Saturday.

 

While Santa Fe has improved immensely since September, there are two early blips on the Chiefs schedule that should give Schurr some hope. Santa Fe struggled to beat Victorville Victor Valley in its season opener and two weeks later suffered a particularly disturbing 17-14 home loss to Fountain Valley.

 

As a prerequisite for Friday's title game, 2nd-year Schurr coach Elvin Dick possibly could take his Spartans to see the latest "Rocky" movie since they fit the bill.

 

They are smaller, slower and didn't play the strength of Santa Fe's schedule. Schurr's coaching staff will set up a grid zone map of the field and every player will take a spot. Schurr can make one mistake and no more.

 

Schurr has been making big plays in many ways such as Adrian Mendoza making a tackle in the end zone for Friday's 9-7 win over La Habra. Spartans linebacker's Joseph Guerrero and Joseph Lopez have been in on nearly every tackle of late and cornerback Raul Tinado has been solid negating the pass and run.

 

Spartans' QB Joseph Orduno has been Doug Flutie-like in directing Schurr to its first venture into a football championship game. Steven Cano has had at least one crucial run in every game this season, with last week a 78-yarder to setup the Spartans game winning TD.

 

Of all championship games this weekend, Schurr is the biggest underdog. We all root for Rocky however let's get real. Sylvester got TKOed. But we've been saying that for two weeks. 
 


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