Alhambra Stonewalls La Puente Comeback
By Alex Gonzalez
(La Puente)- With less than 30 seconds left in fourth and La Puente looking to score, Alhambra’s defense stopped La Puente from coming back Friday night at La Puente High school.
With 3:23 left in the fourth the Warriors (9-2, 6-1) needed just one more score to overcome a 20-point deficit that the Moors (9-2, 4-1) built in the first half. The drive started on LP’s 27-yard line.
Down 20-14. LP running back Nick Barrientos sarted the drive with a six yard run. After back-to-back pass plays that went for 47, and 27, the Warriors were at the Moors five.
Three straight running plays [all by Barrientos] advanced the ball to the two. On the crucial fourth down and two, LP decided to play action Barrientos and throw the dump pass to tight end Brandon Rios.
However three Alhambra linebackers were right there to swat the ball down, killing the Warriors hope for a win.
Said La Puente HC Brandon Rohrer, “We just couldn’t get it done.”
Alhambra started out fast in the first half, scoring all 20 points before intermission. Running back Ezra Broadus did the scoring for the Moor’s.
The Warriors defense could not find a way to stop Ezra, thanks to the blocking Ezra was able to carry the ball for big gains. He had 22 carries out of Alhambra’s 26 plays in the first half. He finished with 124 yards.
Ezra started to cramp in the second half, forcing HC Lou Torres to pass the ball and use others in the backfield.
Alhambra’s defense was not cramping however, they forced two fumbles.
“We basically played a half of football, I’m happy for the win,” said Torres “It’s an ugly win, and we play Covina next week. If we want to beat them we have to play four quarters.”
Alhambra moves on the second round and will face Covina at home next Friday. La Puente’s finishes one of its most successful seasons in school history, 9-2.
Alhambra 27 Bell Gardens 24
tpeterson on November 10, 2011
(Alhambra) – The Moors bounced back from last week’s big loss to San Gabriel with a 27-24 win over Bell Gardens Thursday night in Almont League action.
With the win Alhambra finished 4-1 in league, good for second place in the Almont, and 8-2 overall.
avillanueva on November 5, 2011
(San Gabriel) – The offensive juggernaut that has become known as the San Gabriel Matadors was in full display against a highly-touted defensive side in Alhambra.
Once the rain subsided and the autumn chill filled the air the remainder of the night, San Gabriel’s offense proved that a highly efficient offense can beat a strong defense any night with an authoritative 69-14 Almont league win on Friday night.
Matador quarterback Andy Guerrero stamped his name in the record books by throwing seven touchdowns in the game and finishing the night 16 of 20 for 421 yards. Guerrero’s only blemish came late in the first quarter when Joseph Nieto stepped in front of a pass at the Matador 20-yard line.
After that Guerrero went on to complete 14 of his next 17 passes.
Alex and Joey Villalobos provided the offensive punch with a combined seven touchdown receptions and 367 yards on eight receptions. Joey Villalobos was a huge part of the San Gabriel offense late in the first quarter and early in the second with two touchdown receptions of 61 and 68.
Alex Villalobos finished with just six catches but did have five touchdown receptions and 238 yards. Alex scored on 34, 32, 12, and two-52 yard receptions.
Alex’s final score left Moor defenders strewn all over the field-turf surface as he avoided five Alhambra players enroute to the end zone.
As dominant as the Matadors were in the second and third quarter, the Moors found its way into the end zone first.
Nieto’s pick of Guerrero set Alhambra up with its best field position of the night inside the San Gabriel 10-yard line. Two plays later Ezra Broadus scored on a 5-yard plunge with 1:38 remaining in the first quarter.
The flood gates opened soon after that as Joey Villalobos scored three plays later on a 61-yard score to tie the game.
The Matadors went ahead for good with 9:41 remaining in the second quarter on Joey’s second touchdown of the night from 68-yards. The two scores by Joey were his only to receptions of the night.
The Moors receivers didn’t help Josh Mendoza either during the game as they dropped several passes that should have been caught leading to crucial third and longs or fourth down. Mendoza finished the night 11 of 33 for 104 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.
Mendoza’s touchdown pass came late in the fourth quarter with the game already decided.
San Gabriel’s run defense allowed just 134 yards on 29 carries.
Alhambra Slips by Montebello
By George Hernandez
(Montebello)- Josh Mendoza threw a 5-yard touchdown pass with five seconds left on the fourth quarter clock to give Alhambra a 7-6 win over Montebello Friday night at Montebello High School.
The Oilers looked good on their first possession when they drove the ball down field into the red zone but came up with nothing after a missed field goal.
Another Montebello drive midway though the second quarter gave the Oilers a 3-0 lead when Edgar Tafoya hit a 30-yard field goal.
A fumble recovery gave the ball back to the Oilers and they were able to get another field goal just before half.
The teams mostly exchanged punts to the second half. A Joseph Nieto interception put the Moors on the 7-yard line but they weren’t able to cash it in and missed a field goal of their own.
Alhambra with just under a minute left on the clock, on fourth and 14 Mendoza hit Ezra Broadus with a 23-yard pass to keep the drive alive.
On the next play Montebello was charged with a personal foul after hitting Mendoza when he was out of bounds. And three plays later Mendoza hit Anthony Ortega from 5-yards out to take a 7-6 lead and the game.
Oilers Marcus Portillo had 29-carries for 176-yards, and quarterback Matthew Saenz went 8 of 18 for 94-yards and a interception.
Mendoza finished 12 of 15 for 97-yards and the lone touchdown of the night
Alhambra gets defensive in 18-8 win over Schurr, improves to 6-1 and 2-0 in league.
By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
MONTEBELLO - It wasn't pretty, but Alhambra coach Lou Torres isn't about to give it back.
Not when his Moors are in first place and undefeated in the Almont League.
Sebastian Espinosa returned a blocked field goal 65 yards for a touchdown and visiting Alhambra held Schurr to 82 yards to lead the Moors to an 18-8 victory Thursday over the Spartans in an Almont League game.
Alhambra, also getting a 1-yard touchdown run from quarterback Joshua Mendoza, improved to 6-1 and 2-0 in league. Schurr, which got a 1-yard touchdown run from Bradley Powell, slipped to 1-6 and 1-1.
"We knew it would be a defensive game," Torres said. "We were like heavyweights. We just kept punching."
The first half was a survival of the fittest, and the visiting Moors took advantage of the lone break - a blocked field goal that Espinosa turned into a 65-yard return.
It was a strange turn of events after Schurr looked like it might gain the early advantage when David Pena intercepted a Mendoza pass and returned it 22 yards to the Alhambra 13-yard line.
But an incomplete pass, a false-start penalty and an 8-yard sack forced a 41-yard field goal try by Miguel Mendez.
But Espinosa, along with two teammates, crashed through the line to block the attempt, with Espinoza picking up the ball at the 35 and scoring for a 7-0 lead at 9:45.
The rest of the half was reserved for the defense.
Alhambra's vaunted Wing-T attack yielded just 64 yards, although the Moors had two drives on Schurr's side of the field. The Spartans were held to 25 yards.
Luis Herrera had a 38-yard punt return, which nearly got the Moors a 10-point lead. His run set up Alhambra at the Schurr 35 with 30 seconds left.
Mendoza followed with a 9-yard run to the 26 with four seconds left.
But Jonathan Bird's 41-yard field goal with no time left bounced off the left upright.
Mendoza, following an interception, pushed it to 15-0 with a 1-yard run at 6:50 of the third quarter. Luis Herrera passed to Frank Essien on the conversion.
Bird kicked a 36-yard field for an 18-0 lead with two seconds left in the quarter.
Schurr got back into it late. Rudy Madrid threw 34 yards to Ricardo Fonseca to the Alhambra's 1-yard line before Powell ran it in to make it 18-8 with just over three minutes to play. Madrid passed to Able Troncoza on the conversion.
"I'm really proud of the defense," Schurr coach Ben Negrete said.
"Unfortunately, we couldn't get the offense going."
By Laurance Todd, Correspondent
Posted: 10/15/2011 12:33:52 AM PDT
ALHAMBRA - Alhambra High School improved its record to 5-1 with a 32-7 victory over Keppel on Friday night.
Alhambra quarterback Joshua Mendoza started the scoring late in the first quarter with an 11-yard touchdown pass to running back Anthony Ortega. Late in the second quarter, Jonathon Bird kicked a 14-yard field goal to make it 10-0.
That was followed by a 5-yard touchdown run by Alhambra running back Ezra Broadus, who ended the first half with 85 yards on 11 carries.
Mendoza ended the half completing
8 of 13 attempts for 111 yards and a touchdown.
Keppel's defense put up a good fight in the first half by sacking Mendoza on two third-and-goal situations late in the second quarter. Keppel's offense, however, couldn't get started in posting only
37 total yards in the first half.
Keppel's offense came out stronger in the third quarter as it converted an Alhambra fumble into a touchdown on an 11-yard pass pass from quarterback Tyler Takeshita to Christian Tovar.
Keppel had just 97 total yards.
Mendoza threw for touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters. He completed 18 of 27 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns.
Moors Slip against South Pas, 6-5
(Alhambra)- Alhambra turned the ball over five times and was continually stopped in the red zone while falling to South Pasadena 6-5 Friday night at Moor Field.
Ezra Broadus, who has been running wild for the Moors in the first month of the season, was limited by the tough Tiger defense. Alhambra was also shut down three times on fourth down.
The Moors totaled 285 total yards on offense (153 passing, 132 rushing) but they were done in by costly mistakes.
Alhambra sufferred its first defeat of the year and is now 4-1 while South Pasadena improves to 3-1.
Alhambra remains unbeaten with 28-14 victory
Moors Finish Strong, Top Rams 33-13
(Temple City) – Alhambra started slow but finished with a flurry scoring 27 of its 33 points in the second half in a 33-13 win over Temple City at North Field Thursday night.
Temple City took a 7-6 lead into the half when Rams signal caller Mikal Quintanilla rolled to his left, buying time to find receiver Anthony Valencia alone in the seam for a 56-yard scoring strike.
“We had a bad week of practice and the first half was an extension of that bad week,” Moors head coach Lou Torres said. “We looked deep inside us [at halftime] and we came out and played and don’t get me wrong, Temple City had a lot to do with it.”
On the second play of the third quarter, running back Ezra Broadus sparked the Alhambra offense with a 55-yard trot to paydirt putting the Moors up 12-7 following a second failed extra point.
“It was real tough up front and it was difficult to run all of our run-game, we had to exploit them a little bit on the outside,” Torres said.
Moors quarterback Joshua Mendoza had a huge game, throwing for 225-yards and three scores on 17 of 25 passing. His first touchdown pass went to receiver Demetrius Russell on a fade for ten yards with 4:26 left in the third.
“I think it was there,” Torres said on the Moors passing attack. “They were bent on stopping the run game which is what we do best but a lot of teams are going to realize that we do throw the ball well.”
On the Rams ensuing drive, back to back bad snaps led to a fumble in TC territory that was recovered by Moors Linebacker Nathan Quinones. The turnover culminated in another Mendoza to Russell score, this one for fifteen yards, putting Alhambra up 26-7 late in the third.
“That’s a new thing, we haven’t had any problems with that,” Rams head coach Mike McFarland said on the center-quarterback exchange. “There was one that was bobbled, there was one that was missed and there was one that was a miscommunication on the count. So, we’ve got to work on it, we’ve got to get better. We can’t make mistakes against good football teams.”
The Moors got major contributions in its running attack from Broadus, eight rushes for 75-yards with two scores and Oscar Gayton, six rushes for 55-yards. Alhambra racked up 204-yards on 28 carries on the ground. Coupled with Mendoza’s big night the Moors balanced offense gained 429-yards.
“We’re only three games in, we’ve shown a lot but we’ve also got a lot to prove and hopefully we can convince a few people how good we are,” Mendoza said.
Spartans Conquered By Moors 34-14
Spartans Conquered By Moors
dbarker on September 10, 2011
(Alhambra) The Alhambra Moors reeled off 27 straight first half points to take a 27-7 lead and then cruised to a 34-14 win over the visiting La Canada Spartans Friday night at Moor Field.
The Spartans got on the board first on their third play from scrimmage. Quarterback Matt Jones appeared to hand the ball off to running back Kyle Herron. It looked like Herron was stopped for a minimal gain and the next thing most of the attending crowd saw was Jones racing down the middle of the field for a 56-yard touchdown. The point after was good and La Canada let 7-0 before any of the seats were warm.
“We weren’t expecting the Veer Option they really didn’t run that last year. When we got a hold of the scrimmage tape, we really only had about two days to prepare for it”commented Moor Head Coach Lou Torres.
The Moor defense made the right adjustments and held the Spartans scoreless for the remainder of the first half
After a short punt left Alhambra in business at the La Canada 26, Josh Mendoza and the offense took over and marched five plays to paydirt. Mendoza called his own number and wedged his way in for the score behind a great push from the bubbas up front.
A fumble by La Canada’s Jones set the Moors up in Spartan territory again this time at the 44. Alhambra only needed one play this time as Ezra Broadus found a seem and was gone to glory.. The point after failed but Alhambra had extended its lead to 20-7.
The first half scoring barrage was capped by a 25-yard strike from Mendoza to Demetrius Russell.
Neither team managed to put any points on the board in the third period and it wasn’t until 2:16 left in the game that the Moors broke the second half scoring drought.
A strange call by the officials gave the ball first and goal at the Spartan four yard line. Three plays later Mendoza powered his way across he goal line for his second score of he evening.
“Offensively we still have some work to do. We should have put up a couple more (touchdowns) up there so we have some work to do. Defensively we played great across our line and linebackers” Coach Torres stated after the game.
(Alhambra)- The Alhambra Moors jumped out to a 27-0 lead in the first quarter and led 40-0 near the end of the second when they took a knee to stop the bleeding.
“We got all the bounces tonight,” said Alhambra HC Lou Torres. “That kind of stuff makes things easy.”
The Moors had little trouble making things look easy in a 47-7 victory over Mountain View on Friday night at Moor Field.
With 8:22 to play in the first quarter, after View turned the ball over on downs, Anthony Ortega scored on a 52-yard run.
The Vikings turned the ball the ball over on their next possession and Alhambra quarterback Josh Mendoza converted it into an 8-yard scoring run.
On the first play following the kick-off Moor defensive lineman Javier Covarrubias took a fumbled football after one bounce off the turf and returned it 44-yards for a touchdown.
On the first play after the next kick-off Demetrius Russell intercepted a Josh Martinez pass and returned it 50-yards for another touchdown.
And before you could say Gil Ruedaflores it was 27-0 Alhambra.
Russell wasn’t done as he opened the second quarter scoring with a 71-yard punt return…and before you could say Adam Tate it was 33-0 Moors.
Later in the quarter Mendoza found tight end Nathan Quinones for a short score in the end zone.
Before the first half ended Alhambra was knocking on the door again, but Torres with a 40-0 advantage took a knee to run out the clock.