By Rich Whittington
(Montebello) – The Alhambra Moors overcame a 21-point second quarter deficit and earned a hard fought victory Friday evening, as the Moors topped the host Montebello Oilers, 55-48, in front of a near capacity Homecoming crowd at Montebello High School.
This night belonged to offense, as the Moors (7-0, 2-0 in Almont League play) and Oilers (1-6, 1-1 in the Almont League) combined for 1,015 total yards, while scoring a
total of 103 points. In the end, the Moors prevailed, solidifying their place as the Almont League frontrunner.
Alhambra quarterback Noah Rodriguez had a huge evening, completing 27 of 50 passes for 364 yards, including six touchdown passes. Rodriguez connected with receiver Vito Russell for scores of 5, 29, and 42 yards. In addition, he completed scoring passes of 8 and 25 yards to Kody Chuang. Noah’s sixth scoring toss was to Wide out Vidhan Gurung.
If this was not enough, Rodriguez also carried the ball seven times for 126 yards, including a 65 yard TD run. The balance of the Alhambra scoring was provided by running back Henry Soto who scored on a 4 yard TD blast, and by Kickers Kody Chuang and Matthew Donko, who converted three and four PAT conversion attempts, respectively. In the end,
Alhambra’s offense accounted for 515 total yards.
Montebello’s offense also had a big night, accounting for total of 500 yards. Quarterback Andre Maldonado completed 18 of 35 pass attempts, for 271 yards, including a five-
yard scoring toss to WR Elijah Martinez. Maldanado also found success running the ball, as he rushed for 143 yards, which included touchdowns of 6, 6, and 20 yards. Adding to the Oiler scoring totals were Eduardo Gonzalez, who scored on a 5 yard TD blast, Pablo Mosqueda, who also scored on a 5 yard run, and Pavel Soto, who converted 6 of 7 PAT attempts.
The remainder if the Oilers’ scoring was provided by the fine defensive play of outside linebacker Gabriel Loaiza, who blocked, and subsequently recovered, an Oiler punt in the endzone for a touchdown.
Next week, Alhambra travels to San Gabriel to face the Matadors, while Montebello will host the Schurr Spartans. Kickoff for both contests is scheduled for 7:00PM.