(Alhambra) – The Alhambra Moors, who trailed 16-0 late in the second quarter, rallied to defeat the visiting Montebello Oilers, 35-22, in an Almont League game Friday night.
The Moors’ comeback started with the first of three fumble recoveries by outside linebacker Anthony Herrera.
After that turnover by the Oilers, Alhambra drove 51 yards, with Herrera scoring on a one-yard run to make the score 16-7 with less than a minute to go before halftime.
Alhambra quarterback Noah Rodriguez then got hot in the second half, throwing three touchdown passes to put the Moors ahead, 28-16. Strong safety Kody Chuang, who also kicked five extra points for the Moors, extended the Alhambra lead to 35-16 with a 20-yard interception return early in the fourth quarter.
The Moors then held off a late rally by the Oilers to secure the win.
Alhambra improved its overall record to 6-1, and is now in a four-way tie for second place in the Almont League at 1-1. The Moors’ victory over the Oilers was their first since 2011.
Montebello dropped to 2-5 an 1-1 in the Almont.
QB Noah Rodriguez: 13/28, 273 yds., 0 int., 3 TD’s.
WR Raul Cortez: 7 receptions for 167 yds. & 1 TD.
K/SS Kody Chuang: 5/5 on PAT’s, and he scored the Moors’ final touchdown on a 20-yd. interception return with just under nine minutes left in the game. (That play gave AHS a 35-16 lead.)
AHS gained 319 yards from scrimmage (290 yds. passing & only 29 yds. rushing).
Four of the Moors’ five touchdowns were set up by Montebello turnovers.
Outside linebacker Anthony Herrera recovered three fumbles by the Oilers, and the Moors also intercepted two passes.
QB Richard Placencia: 8/13, 68 yds., 0 int., 0 TD’s.
QB Andre Maldonado: 3/10, 108 yds., 2 int., 0 TD’s.
WR Bryan Martinez: 7 receptions for 81 yds.
WR Benjamin Jimenez: 4 receptions for 95 yds.
RB Eduardo Gonzalez: 29 carries for 77 yds. & 2 TD’s (which came on runs of 9 and 10 yds., respectively).
*Information courtesy of Ron Vrooman