By Ron Vrooman
(Alhambra) – Senior quarterback Zachary Lifton completed 14 of 20 passes for 280 yards and five touchdowns, and also scored on a 24-yard scramble in the visiting La Salle Lancers’ 49-13 victory over the Alhambra Moors on Thursday night.
Lifton threw each of his scoring passes to a different receiver as he effectively spread the ball around the field. His most prolific receiver was sophomore Drew Ward, who made three catches for 127 yards and a TD.
The Lancers posted 35 points in the second quarter to go ahead, 42-0. La Salle not only made the most of its strong passing attack, but also took advantage of Alhambra’s special teams during that scoring outburst.
The Moors fumbled the ball away on two kickoff returns and also allowed the Lancers to recover another kickoff; two of those mistakes led to quick touchdowns for La Salle. An interception thrown by Alhambra quarterback Bryan Leonard set up an additional score by the Lancers in that same quarter.
Running back David Vanden Bosch, who carried 16 times for 87 yards and a touchdown, scored La Salle’s final TD on a 31-yard pass reception midway through the third quarter.
Alhambra’s offense was led by senior running back Julian Venegas Khavari, who returned to action after sustaining a concussion against Wilson High two weeks earlier. Venegas Khavari rushed for 117 yards in 17 carries and scored two second-half touchdowns for the Moors.
The Moors gained a total of 141 yards on the ground, but 133 of those yards came in the second half, with the outcome of the game having been long since decided. Leonard threw for only 59 yards on five-of-15 passing for Alhambra. The Lancers outgained the Moors, 426 total yards to just 217 yards.
La Salle lifted its nonleague record to 2-2, while Alhambra dropped to 0-4. It’s not going to get any easier for the Moors this week, as they’re scheduled to face undefeated South Pasadena on the road Friday night. In the meantime, the Lancers will play the Covina Colts (3-1) at home.