Photo Gallery: Schurr vs. Whittier
MONTEBELLO - A coach's nightmare is not being able to execute a team's game plan. Such was the case in Schurr High School's 7-6 victory over Whittier in a nonleague game Friday.
The visiting Cardinals (2-3) trailed 7-6 with 6:04 remaining when they took possession at their 41-yard line. Whittier drove to the Schurr 38, but the Cardinals' Daniel Enriquez lost a fumble at the 32. The Spartans (1-4) took over, but Whittier got the ball back by forcing a punt with less than three minutes left.
Whittier drove to Schurr's 20, where the Cardinals lost track of the down markers. There were 10 seconds remaining when Whittier quarterback Matthew Viramontes mistakenly downed the ball on fourth down. The Spartans took over and ran out the clock.
Whittier, believing it was third down, was trying to set up a potential game-winning field goal.
The Cardinals drove 82 yards in 10 plays to make it 7-6 with 9:34 left in the fourth quarter. Thaddeus Glenn missed the extra point.
"Whittier deserves a lot of credit coming in here and executing their game plan," Schurr coach Ben Negrete said. "Their defense played a great game.
"And it's unfortunate someone had to lose the game tonight."