By Tim Peterson
(Covina) – Ryan Torres scored on an 18-yard run with 4:13 left in the game to lift South Hills to a 27-24 win over Glendora Friday night.
Torres’ TD jaunt capped a run of 20 straight points for the Huskies who trailed 24-7 at halftime. Torres scored four times on the night including a 39-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. He rushed for 169 yards on 27 carries overall. After Torres scored however the extra point was missed giving Glendora hope.
Glendora had two chances to tie or take the lead in the final four plus minutes, but on the first series they turned the ball over. Glendora quarterback Bryce Wooldridge completed a long pass over the middle but there was a flag thrown in the Tartan backfield. While the Glendora coaching staff was protesting that flag the ball was fumbled away and South Hills recovered at the other end of the field.
After a lengthy discussion the call was confirmed that it was a Glendora fumble and a first down for South Hills much to the dismay of Tartan head coach Jerry Lawallen.
Although Lewallen’s argument was that the lead official could not confirm which official actually made the call and as a result it should not have been a fumble, the play would have nullified anyway due to a holding penalty on the Tartans. When the dust finally settled it was Husky ball.
Glendora had one more shot however when four plays later South Hills fumbled the snap on a punt attempt and the Tartans were in business at the South Hills 35 with just over a minute left. Glendora moved the ball down to the 28 and on fourth down and out of time outs the Tartans had to rush the field goal unit on the field for a 45-yard attempt. But Jacob Cullen’s kick was blocked as the clock hit zeroes setting off a Husky celebration.
South Hills scored on its first drive going 48 yards on five plays, capped by Torres’ 39-yard TD run.
Glendora tied it with 1:46 left in the first quarter taking advantage of a short field after a South Hills fumble. Wooldridge hit Cameron Keller for a 21-yard touchdown strike on the first play after the recovery.
The Tartans took the lead in the second quarter when Eric Franco scored from one-yard out to cap an 81-yard drive.
Four minutes later Glendora extended the lead to 21-7 as another Huskie turnover set up Glendora at the South Hills 28. Four plays later Wooldridge connected with Dylan Hill for a 16-yard scoring toss.
Glendora had a chance to go up three touchdowns just before halftime but still felt pretty good after settling for a 29-yard Cullen field goal and a 24-7 lead at the break.
A turning point came in the third quarter when on its first possession, Glendora was stopped on fourth down at the South Hills 19. The Huskies took full advantage and got back into the game. RJ Stearns hit Saul Garcia for 39 yards down into Tartan territory. That set up a two-yard touchdown run by Torres to cut the lead to 24-14.
In the fourth, a Glendora fumble set up a four yard TD sprint by Torres to finish a short 35-yard drive.
After a three and out for the Tartans Torres scored what proved to be the game winner.
Wooldridge threw for 138 yards and three scores for Glendora.
South Hills took a huge step towards securing the Palomares League title improving to 3-0 and 7-1 overall. Glendora fell to 2-1 and 5-3.