By Alex Gonzalez
(Hacienda Heights) — Glendora running Xzavier Ford tallied 167 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns in the Tartans 24-10 win over Los Altos Friday night at Patrick J Mauch Memorial Stadium.
Early turnovers halted the Tartans to get any points in the first quarter. The offense had to wait until the middle of the second to get the games first points. With a chance to get the game’s first touchdown, Cade Marshman dropped Jacob Gonzalez’s pass in the corner of the end zone. Glendora settled for a Jake Peralta 32-yard field goal with 6:47 in the second quarter.
Sixteen seconds later, David Hacegaba hooked up with Zedekiah Rodriguez on the receiver screen and he took all the way to the house for the 80-yard touchdown.
The Lead didn’t last very long on the ensuing drive for Tartans. On fourth and short and elected to punt, Shane Nutter faked the kick and bolted for the first down and converted. On the next play, Gonzalez found Dylan Hill deep for a 40-yard gain to put the offense at the one-yard line. Ford then capped the drive with his second touchdown of the night with one second left in the second quarter.
Following intermission, Glendora kept the offense going when they handed the ball to Ford, who spun out of two Los Altos defenders and raced to the end zone for the 75-yard score bolstering the lead to 17-7 19 seconds into the third quarter.
The Conquers had no answer throughout the third quarter. On their possession, they were forced to punt and on the following two possessions, the team fumbled the ball and both times were recovered by the Tartans.
Los Altos did make some noise when Hacegaba took it upon himself and complete a 12-play drive when he scrambled his way into for a touchdown to bring his team within three points early in the fourth quarter.
However, the Tartans didn’t take long to swing back. After Gonzalez connected with Marshman for a 66-yard gain, Ford put the game away when he bulldozed his way to pay dirt, sealing the game midway through the fourth quarter.