By Tony Solorzano
(La Puente, CA) – Two 1-yard touchdown runs at the end of the half, and game, gave the Bishop Amat Lancers a 14-0 shutout win over the Garfield Bulldogs to open the 2011 football season Friday night at Keifer Stadium.
Unlike last year’s second-half collapse, the Bulldogs (0-1, 0-0) managed to contain the Lancer (1-0, 0-0) offense for the majority of the contest, except for the final Lancer drives at the end of the second and fourth quarters.
After exchanging punts in the first series, the Bulldogs then opened up a 19-play drive that spanned the length of the field from their own 17-yard line to the Lancer 7, lasting 8:48, but ending when a fourth-and-one rush attempt by Lance Hernandez was ruled just short of the first down marker, forcing the turnover to the Lancers.
However, it took a 24 yard return by Zachary Shay with 4:12 left in the half to finally get the Lancers on the board. Jalen Moore rushed for 25 of his 106 yards on the night as he punched in a one-yard run with 2:02 left in the half to give the Lancers the 7-0 lead as the half ended.
In the third, the Lancers engineered a 16 play drive that should have resulted in another score, however, the Bulldog defense stiffened up and not only stopped Moore from scoring a second time, but got help from a holding and an ineligible player penalties forced the Lancers to try a fake field goal attempt, resulting in a turnover for the Bulldogs.
In the fourth, however, the Lancers added to their score with 2:16 left in the game as Shay, who had handled the majority of the Lancer punt returns, scored from a yard out to put the Lancers up 14-0 at the end of the game.
Moore rushed for 106 yards on 18 carried for the night while senior quarterback Rio Ruiz passed for only 48 yards on seven completions. Lance Hernandez led the Bulldog ground game with 86 yards on 20 carries while quarterback Nicky Peralta threw five passes for 16 yards.
The Bulldogs pre-season continues Friday against Edison while the Lancers will face off against Servite.
Garfield 0 0 0 0 0
Bishop Amat 0 7 0 7 14
BA 2:02 Jalen Moore 1 run Alex Gutierrez kick
BA 2:16 Zachary Shay 1 Run Gutierrez kick