DUARTE — The Duarte High School football team got strong play from defense and special teams to defeat Azusa High 30-7 in the Montview League opener for both teams on Friday night. The Duarte defense executed its game plan to near perfection. Aztecs running back Domingo Lopez entered the game with 696 rushing yards on the season, but the hard- hitting Falcons held him to only 27 yards on 10 carries. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 But Duarte’s sophomore all- purpose back Darius Reese returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards to give the Falcons a 16-7 lead. Reese doubled up at quarterback and tailback as he passed for 110 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 51 yards. “Darius is one of the smartest kids I have ever coached and he’s only a sophomore,’ said Crutchfield. Duarte junior linebacker Brandon Lee had an interception that set up a touchdown pass from Reese to Corey Fluker. Reese and Fluker also connected on Duarte’s first touchdown, an 8- yard score in the second quarter. “Our defense is really developing a swagger,’ said Duarte coach Wardell Crutchfield. “We really wanted to gear up and stop the run. We try to suffocate people.’ With the Falcons leading 9-0 midway through the third quarter, Aztecs linebacker Ramon Ochoa intercepted a pass and returned the ball inside the Falcons’ 40-yard line. The interception led to a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Gabriel Ochoa to Nathan Martinez. “Tonight was a total team effort,’ said Crutchfield. “Our defense ran around and swarmed to the ball.’ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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