The only score of the second half was the winning touchdown on a 1-yard plunge by Phillip Teleafoa at the end of a seven-play, 80-yard drive. “It feels real good,” Eagles coach Erick Escamilla said. “Not just for this team but all the teams that lost the 10 straight.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Eagles are an emotional team and it showed on the Knights’ first possession. Reggie Robles blocked a punt and the Eagles took over at the Knights’ 3-yard line. Three plays later, Teleafoa scored on a 2-yard run and the Eagles were in front with less than two minutes gone off the clock. Teleafoa rushed for 46 yards on 11 carries, 44 of them in the second half. “That (block) was huge,” Escamilla said. “We set that up in practice. That was a designed block and we got it.” The Eagles scored again in the first quarter on a 77-yard pass from quarterback Lee Aguirre to Daniel Romero to take a 13-0 lead. The Knights were forced to go to the air when they couldn’t move the ball on the ground. Penalties stopped their first two drives but quarterback Dominic Salmon took the Knights 74 yards in seven plays to close the gap to 13-7. Salmon hit Ricky Amaya on a 20-yard pass play for the score. The Knights showed why they have been champions for so long. They battled back to take a 17-13 lead on a 7-yard pass to Sergio Leon. It took one play for the Eagles to retake the lead. A 93-yard pass from Aguirre to Gus Mendoza put them back on top and it looked like the Eagles would be in a shootout for the second consecutive week. “We got away from our game plan in the first half,” Escamilla said. “We got those two quick scores and you think you can do that all the time.” The Knights pulled even with three seconds left in the first half when backup kicker Manny Santizo hit a 22-yard field goal. The Eagles gave away two fumbles in the second half, one on the opening kickoff, but the defense held. They also tried to give the game away with 2:05 left in the game. A low snap on a punt turned the ball over on the Eagles’ 27-yard line. “There were a lot of flags (23),” Escamilla said. “We made some adjustments at halftime to eliminate them. Then we played solid defense. We overcame those mistakes and that is the sign of a good team with character.” Linebacker Joe Morales came up with a pass interception on the Knights’ first play from scrimmage and the Eagles ran out the clock for the win. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EL MONTE — It wasn’t pretty, but the 10-year drought is finally over for the South El Monte High School football team. The Eagles turned the ball over three times in the second half but were able to come away with a 27-20 win over three-time defending Mission Valley League champion Arroyo High in the league opener for both teams Friday night.