Moor, Moor, Moors!


View's Ignacio Castanada tries to spring past Alhambra's Jeremy Maresca (#4) & Justin Baeza (#22).

(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.

Mountain View took possession of the football seven times in the first half:

First: Turnover on downs

Second: Fumble.

Third: Fumble returned for touchdown.

Fourth: Interception returned for touchdown.

Fifth: Punt.

Sixth: Punt.

Seventh: Fumble.

The Vikings’ double-wing attack, that produced a 5-5 record in 2010, was constantly blown off the the line scrimmage by the Moor defenders.

“I thought our defensive line did a great job,” said Torres. “I didn’t sleep well last night because I knew what they (Mt. View) could do.”

In the second half, with the dogs called off, the teams traded touchdowns.

Alhambra’s Jessie Campos scored on an 11-yard run.

Sometimes it seemed Ignacio Castanada (in the center), and the rest of the View backs, were carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders against the Moors

View finally cracked the scoreboard with 6:26 to play when quarterback Josh Martinez went two-yards to Jose Gonzalez.

With victory secured in the first half, Alhambra Defensive Coordinator Jacob Ochoa was put out with his troops for not holding onto the shutout.

“I wanted it!” He said to them after coming down to the sideline. “I wanted it!”

Next week Ochoa’s defense gets La Canada at home while Mt. View hosts Bassett.




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