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November 03, 1994|KIRBY LEE


Fred Montiel of Montebello High was selected the Almont League back of the year last season in leading the Oilers to a share of the league title.

Montiel, a two-way starter at quarterback and outside linebacker, is making a strong bid for the league's most valuable player award this season.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior has completed 47 of 91 passes for 786 yards and nine touchdowns. He has also rushed for 294 yards in 46 carries, an average of more than six yards a carry, and five touchdowns.

On defense, he leads the team with 61 tackles and three interceptions. Wait, there's more. Montiel is also the team's punter, averaging 33.5 yards a kick.

"His forte is defense," Coach Doug Rihn said. "You hate to have your quarterback playing defense but that's where we need him. If we're two touchdowns or more ahead we try to take him out as soon as we can. His numbers would probably be higher if he played more."

Montebello (7-1) won its sixth game in a row last week, defeating San Gabriel, 35-7. The Oilers can improve to 4-0 in Almont League play with a victory over Bell Gardens Friday night at home.


South Gate escaped with a 14-13 victory over Bell when Ronnie Landazuri broke up a two-point conversion pass with 44 seconds to play in a Southeastern Conference game at Bell.

Landazuri's heroics ruined a Bell drive that had begun at its 18-yard line with 1 minute, 50 seconds left, culminating with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Gus Valenzuela to Freddy Alcala.

Landazuri, who has five interceptions this season, intercepted two passes for the second game in a row. His first-quarter pick-off in the end zone helped preserve a scoreless tie in the first quarter.

"I just had to do my thing," Landazuri said. "I expected a close game. I thought it would come down to the fourth quarter and whoever scored the most points."

South Gate (7-1), seeking its first conference title since 1989, improved to 6-0 in conference play despite being held scoreless in the first half for the first time this season. South Gate also failed to score twice when it had the ball inside Bell's 10-yard line.

"That's a bummer," South Gate Coach Gary Cordray said. "That show's a lack of intensity and a desire to win a football game on our part. The players did a good job of readjusting in the second half. Once we got ahead, our defense played pretty well."

Juan Vasquez, who completed 10 of 20 passes for 203 yards, combined with Eddie Montez on two touchdown passes in the second half. The Rams scored on their first possession of the third quarter on a 21-yard reception by Montez and took a 14-7 lead with 7:55 to play on his 34-yard catch.

Montez had five receptions for 106 yards and Hoffman Cortes rushed for 103 for South Gate, which will play host to Jefferson on Friday night.

"We weren't clicking, we weren't doing what we were supposed to do in the first half," Montez said. "In the second half, all we did was execute. That's all we did."


La Mirada and Long Beach Jordan have outscored their Suburban and Moore League opponents by margins of 126-6 and 164-13, respectively.

La Mirada (8-0) opened Suburban League play with a 47-6 victory over Mayfair, followed by a 35-0 win against Norwalk and a 44-0 rout of Glenn.

The Matadors have averaged 35 points in eight games and scored 42 or more points four times.

Jordan (6-2) registered a 71-7 victory over Millikan in its league opener with a running clock in the second half. The Panthers also defeated Long Beach Poly, 28-0, and beat Compton, 65-6.


Bishop Amat, the nation's top-rated team, has been the class of the Del Rey League. The Lancers (8-0), who have lost only one game the past three years, and Crespi (5-3) are tied at 3-0.

Crespi, however, is still not assured of one of the league's three playoff berths with two regular season games remaining. The Celts visit Bishop Amat Friday and play Loyola in their league finale.

St. John Bosco, boosted by Ryan Williams who rushed for 167 yards and scored three touchdowns, did little to clarify the playoff picture with its 27-15 upset of St. Paul.

St. John Bosco (4-4), St. Paul (6-2) and Loyola (6-2) are tied at 1-2. St. John Bosco plays Loyola Saturday night at Glendale High and finishes with Alemany (1-5-2, 0-3). St. Paul has games remaining against Alemany and Bishop Amat.


Millikan and Long Beach Poly are first and second, respectively, in the Southern Section Division II girls' volleyball rankings. La Mirada is fourth in Division IV.

In water polo, Long Beach Wilson is third in Division I. La Serna holds the No. 1 spot in Division III with Bell Gardens and Whittier third and eighth. Cerritos is sixth in Division VI.


Long Beach City quarterback Neo Aoga broke his third school record of the season in the Vikings' 20-13 victory over Cerritos in a Mission Conference Northern Division game Saturday at Cerritos.

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