Montebello players celebrate their overtime
win over Covina in their CIF playoff football game at
Covina District Field in Covina on Thursday November 17, 2016.
(Photo by Keith Durflinger/San Gabriel Valley Tribune/SCNG)
The CIF Southern Section semifinals are no longer a quest for the Montebello High School football team, but a reality.
Jonathan Olguin scored on a 3-yard run in overtime and the Oilers advanced to the Division 11 semifinals with a 17-10 victory over Covina at Covina District Field.
Montebello had seen its season end in the quarterfinals twice during the previous three seasons.
Gabriel Tapia, who was hurt twice before exiting for the final time in the fourth quarter, threw for 165 yards and a touchdown for the Oilers (11-1), who will play either Rancho Alamitos or Valley View next week. Nin Burns threw for 275 yards and touchdown for Covina (7-5).
The Colts had a shot to tie it in overtime. But after two plays gained two yards, Burns threw two incomplete passes in the end zone to end the game.
“It was a little bit scary there, but our kids our resilient,” Montebello coach Pete Gonzalez said. “To get to the semifinals is a goal for every team, and we’re real happy. It’s a great accomplishment. Our players played a heck of a game.”
Montebello, which has won 10 consecutive games, shut out the Colts in the second half. Kevin Bravo opened the third quarter with a 30-yard field goal before Tapia tied it early in the fourth quarter with a 35-yard pass to Dorian Sanchez.
In overtime, Kris Rodriguez had an 11-yard run to the Covina’ 15 before Olguin scored on his 3-yard run. The Oilers then stopped the Colts to win it.
“The guys were determined (in overtime),” Gonzalez said. “They said “run behind us, coach,’ and we did. We all came together at the right moment. Covina played a heck of a football game, too.”
Covina led 10-0 at halftime.
The Colts, who outgained the Oilers 232-138, during the first two quarters, scored on two of their first two drives.
Burns had completions of 14 and 12 yards before the drive stalled at the Oilers 9. Tristan Sprague followed with a 26-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead at 8:04 of the first quarter.
Covina extended the lead to 10-0 early in the second quarter.
Burns tossed a 36-yard pass to Hakim Williams before connecting with Fisher on a 4-yard pass for the 10-point lead at 9:02.
The Colts missed a chance at a three-score lead when a holding call wiped out a 53-yard completion.
Montebello had three drives inside Covina’s 20. It missed two field-goal attempts and lost a fumble at the 12.
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