DUARTE - With tremendous leadership and poise by Gladstone quarterback Paul Flores, the Gladiators defeated Duarte with ease Friday night in a Montview League matchup.
Flores, a senior, completed eight passes for 201 yards. Four of those completions were for touchdowns.
On those four scores, Flores distributed the wealth, connecting with four receivers.
He was also proficient in protecting the football, not throwing any interceptions.
What helped the Gladiators' passing offense was the consistency of running back Joseph Herrera. When his team called his number on short-yardage and goal-line plays, he delivered.
Herrera had two scores on the ground and one on a screen pass. He had a total of 149 yards from scrimmage.
Gladstone (5-1, 2-0) will play crosstown rival Azusa next week at Citrus College.
Duarte (0-7, 0-3) will have time to regroup, as it has next week off.