The new season has been quite remarkable thus far for the Estéban E.Torres “Toros” Head Coach, Charles Burnley and his very talented team. Let’s take a quick look at the assets that are in his corner. First, they are the #1 ranked team in Division III. Second, they are undefeatd at (3-0). And third, they are starting to become a seasoned-strong and very cohesive two-way football playing machine as evidenced by the defeat of their second Central League/Division II opponent in a row. With that said, the Toros continue to be a very solid band of brothers as they are led by their multi-talented All-American, All-City, and All-CIF candidate…Captain, senior running back, and cornerback, Tiquan Gilmore. Rico Cabrera, Sr./Editor, EastLASportsScene.Com
Game Summary: The Belmont Sentinels made the short 20 minute trip from downtown L.A. to East L.A. and found the environment to be to their liking, at least for the first-half, as they built up a quick lead in the 1st quarter and then ended the half with a 22-12 lead. The score would have been closer had it it not been for a TD nullifying penalty after a long Tiquan Gilmore run in the first quarter. But after Coach Burnley and his Coaching staff took their team into the locker room for their haftime huddle, the Toros came out snorting fire at every opportunity, both on offense with a revived Gilmore, and a most unrelenting defense, led by their Big Front 4, the Linebacking Corps, and of course, the Secondary.
As a result of the Toros game facing change, the Sentinels were held completely scoreless in the second half while Gilmore began to do what he does on a consistent and weekly basis…bust loose for big gainers, for full field-strecthing gallops, and spectacular TDs. All-in-all, he racked up four more to build his total thus far to 16 in just three games. He rushed for a net 352 yds. and was credited with 417 All-purpose yards. On defense, he once again was in the mix on many crucial “drive-killing” and “TD denying” stops.
Toros Game Statline: Offensive Unit: Jalen Williams/6 carries/49 yds./1 TD/8yd. ave./14 yds. longest; Tiquan Gilmore/28 carries/352 yds/12.6 ave./72 longest/4 TDs/2 Punt Returns/65 yds./417 All-Purpose yds./26 pts scored. Defensive Unit: Ish Arciga/10 tckls (6 solo-4 asst);Tiquan Gilmore/10 solo tckls/1 sack; Heriberto Zepeda/9 solo tckls/1 sack; Efrin Vargas/8 tckls (3 solo-5 asst); Antonio Greer/7 solo tckls; Jalen Williams & Frank Urzua with 6 solo tckls each; and Andrew Morales/5 solo tckls.
We now invite you to sit down, relax and watch our third 2017 High School “Game of the Week.” A highlight video will be posted shortly.
**Special Note From The Editor: Due to a scheduling oversight, the Toros will have their “Bye” week, this Friday, 9/15/17, instead of Friday, 9/22. They will play Sotomayor as scheduled.
Photo Gallery Credits: Pre-game and game, Bob Bernal, Jr; Post-game interviews, Erik Sarni, EastLASportsScene.Com