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Matadors Frustrated by South Pas

  • By Freddy Aleman
SAN GABRIEL - 9/10/10 - It's been a rough start to the season for the San Gabriel High football team, as the Matadors dropped their second consecutive game, 22-9, this time to South Pasadena High.

Tiger running back Patrick Martin ran wild all over the Matador defense, rushing for 144 yards on 28 carries and one touchdown. The Tigers overpowered the Matador front seven, rushing for 254 yards as a team.

"Offensively we were unable to get into rhythm since we were off the field for so long," said Matador coach Jude Oliva. "They were able to move the ball on the ground, which ate up a lot of the clock."

During their opening drive of the game, the visiting Tigers were able to take control the line of scrimmage, outmuscling the Matador offensive line.

Following a 59-yard run down the left sideline by Yi Hai Han, Tiger quarterback Conor Bednarski gave his team the lead with an eight-yard strike to tight end Sean Courtney.

In the second quarter, the Tigers increased their lead to 13-0 as Bednarski ran into the end zone for a 10-yard score.

Nearly left for dead, the Matadors (0-2) would respond swiftly to the Tigers' roar, as a 31-yard touchdown pass by quarterback Eric Alvarez cut the visitors lead in half.

Trailing 13-7, the Matadors would trim the Tiger lead to four, as a blocked punt by Joey Villalobos went out of the end line for a safety.

After a stalemate third quarter, it wasn't until halfway through the fourth quarter that the Tigers were able to finish off the Matadors.

A terrific sack in the end zone by Courtney increased the Tigers lead to 15-9, following the two-point safety.

With two minutes remaining in the game, Tiger halfback Martin scored a 27-yard touchdown, ending any hope of a Matador comeback.

"(Alvarez is) struggling and showing his frustration is just part of his competitive nature," said Oliva of his signal caller, who had trouble in the game, completing six of 17 pass attempts for 149 yards and one score. "(Alvarez) is a sophomore who's going to have his ups and downs, but he's going to continue to plug away and only get better."

Next week the Matadors will host Burbank High.

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