ALHAMBRA - 8/29/10 - Hard work and a new offense is hopefully going to help lead Alhambra High toward success this football season.
The Moors have gone through some renovations in their football program. The retirement of coach Gil Ruedaflores, who was the head coach for 22 years, is leaving his duties to his long time assistant Lou Torres.
Torres was the athletic director for the school for eight years and a role coach for the football team during that time.
Going into his first season as a head coach he is keeping the tradition of hard work, but will add his own offense of the Wing-T that he ran for the Moors during the 1990s as an offensive coordinator.
"He is bringing the same tradition as coach Flores brought but brings his own stuff on the football field and is on us more in working harder and it is a different feeling for us this year," senior corner Patrick Bruno said.
The new offense will be powered by the Moors line that has core group of seniors returning, led by All-Almont League offensive and defensive lineman Chris Salgado.
"Our returning all-league players are stepping up to their potential and sometimes you have some top notch players come back the next year and don't show the drive, energy and enthusiasm," Torres said. "Chris Salgado, who is returning all league defensive and offensive line, is having a huge camp in the spring and in the summer."
The strength that is in the line should help improve the skill of players that consist of a young group of players that will be led by a sophomore quarterback Joshua Mendoza.
"Our biggest weakness is experience. I have a lot of good 10th graders, but to offset the inexperience I will make things simple in the offense, because the worst football player on the field is a confused one," Torres said.
The players believe that if the offense can keep improving they can win the close games that they lost last season.
"Working harder offensively, the offense needs to step it up and defense was pretty good last year we just could not score on offense. This year the offense is more confusing and can catch some teams off guard because it will be harder to defend," Bruno said.
Torres said he believes that this team just needs to focus on three main points to be successful this season.
"Discipline, teamwork and execution, that is why we lost the games we did last season because teams were more disciplined, came together more as a team and executed better," Torres said.
"Those are the three points that I made an emphasis on this season to be successful."
The calendar has been marked by some of the players for their rival game against Schurr, but the attitude Torres has recently put into his players minds now have them marked all their games for success.
"There is no one game I'm looking forward to. I want to win them all." senior linebacker Chris Caraballo said. "I've circled all the games this season."