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Magnolia joy over dominant victory tempered by injury
ANAHEIM – The shock of seeing a badly injured teammate might not wear off for the Magnolia football team, but the Sentinels were able to distract themselves for a while Thursday night.
Montez De Marrco and Kalolo Pangia spearheaded a running attack that blew holes in Loara's defense in the second quarter, allowing the Sentinels to cruise to a 46-28 victory at Glover Stadium following a 30-minute delay caused by a severe right leg injury to senior right tackle Vinny Bolanos.
De Marrco and Pangia combined for 289 of their 346 rushing yards in the first half as Magnolia built a 40-14 lead.
With the Sentinels holding a 14-7 advantage midway through the first quarter, Pangia earned a first down on fourth-and-1, but Bolanos, a three-year starter, remained on the turf because of a severely contorted lower right leg. He was taken by ambulance to West Anaheim Medical Center, where his condition was unknown at press time.
The Sentinels gathered around as he was loaded into an ambulance. Play resumed play after a few minutes. They marched to the 1-yard line but Pangia was stopped on fourth down.
Loara then moved into the red zone, but quarterback Boogie Augustine was intercepted by Brandon Morales near the goal line.
That seemed to re-ignite the Sentinels as De Marrco scored on runs of 49 and 78 yards while operating out of the quarterback position, Pangia scored on a 43-yard run and his cousin, Filipo Pangia, added a 70-yard TD run.