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Moors Get Pounded By La Canada

  • By David Armenta
LA CANADA - 9/9/10 - The La Canada High football team used its run and pound game to defeat visiting Alhambra High, 17-0, Thursday night in a CIF nonleague game.

"After the half, the line decided that they were not going to be pushed around anymore and we came out and found that the left side was open and they were bringing all that pressure up the middle and so we felt we could run right pass them," La Canada coach Dan Yoder said.

The Moors (0-2) were playing without their star defensive lineman Chris Salgado who sat out because of a foot injury he sustained from last week's game against Roosevelt High.

The Spartans (1-0) benefited from his absence as they held onto the ball for 14:28 in the second half.

"That kid, all we did was watch film on that kid and all the plays he was making last week. I hate to see a kid hurt, but it was a huge benefit for us," Yoder said.

Spartans quarterback Scott Gray scored first in the third quarter on a bootleg to the right that caught the Moors by surprise giving them a 7-0 lead.

An interception from Moors quarterback Joshua Mendoza help set-up the Spartans next score on an 11-yard connection from Gray to his receiver making the score, 14-0, in the fourth quarter.

A 30-yard field goal from Spartans kicker Steven Hernandez rounded out the scoring in the fourth quarter.

Moors coach Lou Torres was unable to be on the sidelines as he was being hospitalized for an illness and defensive coordinator Jacob Ochoa stepped in as interim coach.

The Moors offense could not get in any rhythm as the Spartans defense sacked Mendoza six times and Ochoa felt that fatigue became a factor in his offensive line's protection.

"We had lineman going both ways and it seemed like it caught up to us in the second half as we had fatigue and some mental breakdowns and the line were unable to open up some of the holes that we were able to get in the first half," Ochoa said.

The bright spot for the Moors came from linebacker Jacob Carabello who helped lead the defense in keeping the Spartans scoreless in the first half.

"The coaches did a great job and us players need to keep working hard and the offense needs to put some points on the board and the defense get stops, and we feel if we do that we can be unstoppable," Carabello said.

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