Photo by Henry Reyna
The Montwood Rams came into Brooks-Quarles Thunderbird Stadium determined and quickly jumped on the Coronado Thunderbirds in both teams’ District 1-6A opener, winning 38-14.
Montwood started the scoring when Sebastian Galvan connected with Carlos Flores for a 47-yard touchdown with 10:13 left in the first quarter, making it 7-0. The Rams would add to their when Galvan would find Sal Soto from 20 yards out to make it 14-0.
Penalties and turnovers would stall three promising Rams’ drives before Galvan found Flores for a second time, this time from 26 yards out, with 3:29 left before halftime to get to the halftime score of 21-0.
The Montwood defense would add a safety by forcing Coronado’s Ben Carney into an intentional grounding penalty inside his own endzone to get the game to 23-0. Galvan would then complete his fourth touchdown pass of the night by finding Mo Morales from eight yards out, making it 29-0. Coronado would finally get on the scoreboard with Carney finding Dominic Lopez on 12-yard completion to get the game to 29-7.
Christopher Ramos would close out a strong game with a nine yard touchdown run for the Rams to get us to 35-7. Charlie Samaniego, who struggled to find much running room for the T-Birds all night, would end on a positive by scoring from two yards out—making it 35-14. The Rams would add a field goal for the final margin of 38-14.
Ramos was the Speaking Rock Player of the Game by finishing with 174 rushing yards on 19 carries and his touchdown. Galvan made his own case by passing for 185 yards and four touchdowns, but he also threw 2 interceptions and lost a fumble on a high snap. Flores had only two receptions for 72 yards for the Rams, but they were both for touchdowns.
Sergio Robali Reporting