By John Sherrard
COVINA >> Each week the Covina High School football team has improved and Thursday night at Covina District Field the Colts put an exclamation point on their nonleague schedule with a resounding 49-20 win over visiting Montclair.
It was an all-underclassman showcase for the Colts as four sophomores figured in the bulk of the scoring.
“As sophomores they’re way ahead of the curve,” Covina coach Joe Brown said. “With the amount of pressure that we put on them, they handle it great.”
The Colts (3-1), ranked seventh in CIF Southern Section Division 11, were led by sophomore quarterback Nin Burns II, who completed 12 of 24 passes for 270 yards and four touchdowns.
“Coach told us (sophomores) we had to step it up this year,” Burns said.
Sophomore Erik Cuellar ran for a game-high 203 yards on 22 carries, the second consecutive week he has rushed for more than 200 yards.
Montclair was led by senior quarterback Nathan Venegas, who was 10 of 24 for 248 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran 18 yards for a score.
The Cavaliers only ran for 46 yards in the game, with senior running back Eduardo Garcia gaining 26 on only four carries.
Burns threw for 211 yards and three touchdowns on 9-of-17 passing in the first half.
The Colts struck quick on their second possession on a short pass from Burns to sophomore wide receiver Danny Urrea (three catches, 81 yards), who sprinted untouched for a 63-yard touchdown for a 7-0 lead.
The second quarter was all Covina with rushing touchdowns by senior Ailaoa Tauvao (5 yards) and Urrea (8 yards) for a 21-0 lead.
Montclair scored its first touchdown on a 28-yard pass from Venegas to senior wide receiver…
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