Gabe Deleon ran for all three of Arroyo Grande High's second-half touchdowns tonight as the Eagles defeated Culver City 42-14 to win the CIF-Southern Section Western Division football title.
The Eagles (13-1) were making their second straight appearance in the Western Division championship game. Last year they lost to Serra 35-10 in the championship game.
Arroyo Grande captured its fifth Southern Section division title. The Eagles also won titles in 1987, 1994, 1997 and 1998. Overall, Arroyo Grande was appearing in its eighth Southern Section championship game.
The Eagles never trailed tonight and scored the final 28 points of the game after Culver City (10-4) tied the score at 14 in the second quarter.
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Arroyo Grande 35, Culver City 14
Using big runs by Arroyo Grande High running back Gabe Deleon, the Eagles' football team took a three-score lead, 35-14, over the Culver City Centaurs through three quarters of the CIF- Southern Section Western Division championship today.
Deleon struck paydirt from 21 yards out to cap a 5-play, 57-yard drive by the Eagles to go up by 14 and then punched in a 58-yard TD run on the Eagles' next possession.
Through three quarters, he has 125 yards on six carries. Quarterback Brent VanderVeen is 11-for-15 passing with 168 yards and a touchdown.
Arroyo Grande High quarterback Brent VanderVeen connected with Garrett Owens for a 76-yard TD and gave the Eagles a 21-14 lead over the Culver City Centaurs through one half of the CIF-Southern Section Western Division championship game tonight.
The Eagles drove 67 yards on 8 plays to go ahead 14-7 off a 1-yard Henry Adelman rushing TD to start off the second quarter.
The Centaurs answered right back by driving 67 yards, tying the game on a 3-yard quarterback keeper by Kevin Porche, who reportedly committed to Cal Poly this week.
FIRST QUARTER: Arroyo Grande 7, Culver City 7
The Eagles started the game off quick, going 74 yards in four plays on the opening possession to punch in the game's first touchdown. Arroyo Grande quarterback Brent VanderVeen took off for a 59-yard run to the Culver City 13-yard line, and two plays later, Grant Alton recovered a Henry Adelman fumble in the end zone.
Garrett Owens dropped an interception well into Centaurs' territory, but the Eagles were able to force a punt on Culver City's first possession.
Culver City quarterback Lukas O'Connor, however, later tied the score at 7 with a 5-yard quarterback keeper for a touchdown.
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