Belmont High won its sixth consecutive game Wednesday night with a 24-6 victory over Bell in a 3-A Division first-round playoff contest at Belmont.
The Sentinels, The Times' seventh-ranked team, improved their record to 9-1. Ninth-ranked Bell, which entered the game with a five-game winning streak, ended the season at 6-3-1.
Belmont opened a 17-0 halftime lead. The workhorse was senior running back Tajh Evans, who gained 153 yards in 16 carries and scored on a 72-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
Manual Arts 13, Wilson 7--The Toilers recovered a fumble by Mule quarterback Zannoni Morales on his two-yard line and took a 7-0 lead in the second quarter, then held on to upset 10th-ranked Wilson in a 3-A game at Wilson.
Manual Arts is 7-4.
Garfield 26, Eagle Rock 17--Oscar Gonzalez gained 206 yards and scored two touchdowns in the first quarter to lead the Bulldogs to a 3-A victory at Garfield.
Gonzalez opened the scoring with a 10-yard run and then returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown to give Garfield (9-1) a 14-0 first-quarter lead.
Eagle Rock finished at 5-5.
Sylmar 38, South Gate 6--Tobaise Brookins rushed for 211 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Spartans (10-0) to a 3-A victory at Sylmar.
Sylmar led, 38-0, but lost the shutout when Gilbert Gonzalez scored on a two-yard run.
Fairfax 35, Washington 34--Quarterback Rahim Muhammad led the Lion offense with 232 yards in 15 carries and three touchdowns, including a 69-yard run on the second play from scrimmage. He also intercepted a desperation pass with no time left to seal the 3-A victory at Venice High.
Fifth-ranked Fairfax (10-0) led, 28-14, at halftime and never trailed. Running back Mario Mattison added 142 yards in 24 carries and two touchdowns.