Alhambra kicker Jonathon Bird missed a 30-yard field-goal attempt in the last seconds that would have put the game into overtime.
Instead Roosevelt High held onto a 16-13 win Friday Night at Moor Field in a CIF nonleague game.
The Rough Riders converted a big fourth-and-25 on a 26-yard connection from quarterback Andony Flores to Oscar Cibrian that set-up the winning score on a sweep to the left by running back Ricardo Estrada with 1:38 left to play.
Making his first varsity start, sophomore quarterback Joshua Mendoza shooked off the early jitters that seemed to bother him in the first half and stayed poised in the pocket as time was expiring to lead the Moors down field and a chance to put the game into overtime.
"From the first half I was not as warmed up as I could have been and in the second I knew I had to lead the team as quarterback needs to and me being a young quarterback I felt I did that pretty good today," Mendoza said.
Roosevelt head coach Javier Cid was impressed with the way Mendoza played in his first start.
"I thought he did a good job tonight and what hurt us the most was them passing out of the Wing-T and him connecting with his receivers and getting those big gains," Cid said.
The first half was a defensive battle as both teams held each other scoreless as the offenses were trying to overcome mistakes and penalties.
In the second half Roosevelt answered first with a 30-yard field-goal from Rafael Gomez that gave them the early 3-0 lead.
The Moors quickly answered on a one-yard score from senior running back Patrick Bruno giving them the 7-3 lead.
The run of the night came from Moors running back Jacob Carabello as he ran over defenders and scampered off for a 47-yard run before being tackled at the one.
Senior running back George Vasquez punched it in on the next play to give the Moors their final lead 13-9.
Defensive lineman Chris Salgado had a big night with two sacks and helped anchor a defense that held strong the whole night against a good offense and made plays when they had to, but that last defensive breakdown proved to be the difference.
"Really what it came down to was who made the fewer mistakes and we made one more than they did tonight," Torres said