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PLACENTIA – The El Modena defense picked up where it left off last week and kept El Dorado away from the end zone in Friday night’s nonleague matchup.
Owen Smith rushed for 108 yards on 19 carries with a touchdown and had a sack to lead the Vanguards to a 14-6 football victory in a nonleague game at Valencia High.
It was the second straight game where El Modena (5-1) kept its opponent out of the end zone.
“One thing that goes unnoticed is our coaching staff,” El Modena coach Matt Mitchell said. “The preparation they put into it with the kids. It shows up on both sides of the ball. I think the defensive side deserves a shoutout with the last couple weeks. They’ve been playing really well.”
The Vanguards scored first thanks to a 3-yard touchdown run by Smith in the opening quarter.
El Dorado (5-1) threatened to tie the game after a 45-yard run by Mason Davis and a 28-yard pass from Blake Thomas to Gaven Rivera, but the El Modena defense prevented a touchdown, forcing Reece Alfaro to kick a 29-yard field goal for the Golden Hawks.
Alfaro kicked another field goal from 18 yards right before halftime, but that’s all both teams could do on the scoreboard.
El Dorado came close to scoring in the fourth quarter, but the Vanguards defense forced a turnover on downs on their own 11.
“Our defensive line was giving a ton of pressure,” Smith said. “We had a couple great coverage break-ups at the end. We had a couple great tackles. They had a couple long runs, but what we did great was that we didn’t start to worry or panic. We stayed calm and were able to jump on them.”
The Golden Hawks got one more chance to score, but ran out of time during the final drive.
El Modena quarterback Jack Keyes completed 15 of 24 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown that went to Seth Dominguez. Keyes also rushed for 71 yards on 11 carries.
Smith had seven tackles to go along with his sack.
Sam Astor caught six passes for 51 yards for El Modena while Mayson Hitchens made eight tackles.
Rivera caught five passes for 78 yards for El Dorado. Isaiah Quintero rushed for 64 yards on 10 carries while Davis rushed for 56 yards on six carries. Thomas was 11 of 32 passing for 136 yards.
El Dorado faces Foothill on Thursday, Oct. 7 while El Modena will have to see if they host Brea Olinda on the same night or not as the Wildcats canceled their game against Villa Park due to COVID-19.
“They’re a tough team,” Keyes said. “They play tough. I respect the heck out of them. They have a good program over there. We just have to outwork them. Simple as that.”
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