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El Toro's defense stifles Norwalk in impressive win

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

NORWALK – After starting with two losses, El Toro is on a two-game winning streak and strong defense is the reason.

El Toro held Norwalk to 31 total yards in the first half and 114 overall in a 42-7 nonleague victory Friday at Norwalk High.

“It’s a reward for all the hard work they’ve put in,” El Toro coach Mike Mayoral said. “They’re pretty excited.”

After the Chargers’ defense held Norwalk (1-3) to a three-and-out on its opening drive, El Toro’s offense got rolling. El Toro marched 61 yards and Dawit Wilson found J’Shoun Wolfe for a 2-yard touchdown pass and a 7-0 lead.

In the second quarter, the Chargers’ defense held on a Norwalk fourth-down attempt with Trevor Dodds’ second sack of the game. El Toro capitalized as Wilson found Colin Kentros, who shrugged off his would-be tackler and sprinted for a 46-yard TD pass.

On Norwalk’s next drive, AJ Aguilar forced a fumble and Dillon Sherman scooped it up and scored on a 20-yard return for a 21-0 El Toro lead.

El Toro’s defense was physical at the line and held Norwalk to only 26 yards rushing and 5 yards passing in the first half. River Simmons also pulled in an interception near halftime.

Marcus Blevins added a 54-yard scoring burst for a 28-0 El Toro halftime lead.

Wilson finished 15 of 19 passing for 160 yards and three TDs. Kentros had seven catches for 122 yards.

Steven Castaneda extended El Toro’s lead to 42-0 with a 10-yard TD run.


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