Belmont Shore have done their part to put themselves in a position to make the championship match next month with a 44-31 win over SoCal rivals the Old Aztecs. Belmont are in second place behind Life West and are tied on points with SFGG but have a better point differential. Belmont will face SFGG after the holiday break in a match that could determine who finishes in the top two.
The first half was back and forth with both teams keeping the score board moving. both teams played a tactical kicking game, trying to pin the other team in their half and force turnovers. Old Aztecs opened up scoring with a penalty by Tim Howard to make it 3-0. Belmont replied not too long after with a converted try to make it 3-7. The Old Aztecs replied with a try by Robert Stortz and the conversion by Howard made it 10-7. Belmont scored a converted try to make it 10-14. The yo-yoing continued with a try by Tasi Toilolo for the Old Aztecs after going through several phases. Howard converted to make it 17-14. Belmont closed the half with a penalty to make it 17-17.
In the second half the Old Aztecs scored as pressure led to a charge down and a Jeff Diggs try. Howard converted to make it 24-17. Belmont replied not too long after to make it 24-22. For the next 20 minutes the teams put together multiple phases of attack but the defense held out on both sides. Belmont finally broke through and scored a converted try followed by a quick penalty to make it 24-32. The Old Aztecs came back and scored a try by Lucas Edwards, that was converted by Jaco Breytenbach to make it 31-32 with 5 minutes to go. It was the Belmont bench that proved too strong as they were able to finish strong. Belmont score two quick tries through good ball movement and the OA defense could not hold out. Final score 31-44 for Belmont.
Photo: Connie Hatfield