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Moors beat TC, Get First Win Of Season

  • By David Armenta
ALHAMBRA - 9/17/10 - Alhambra High's defense made big plays in the second half as the Moors defeated Temple City High, 20-14, Friday night in a CIF nonleague football game.

First year coach Lou Torres said he is relieved to get his first win over with and now move on with the rest of the season.

"Any head coach needs that first win and after that is downhill," Torres said.

The Moors (1-2) defense stepped up in the second half holding Ram running back Joshua Simangunsong to just 30 yards compared to the 103 he got in the first half.

"Our goal this week was to have fresh legs in the fourth quarter and we knew were going to give up some big plays in the beginning, but in the end we were able to hold them to minimal yards," coach Jacob Ochoa said.

In the first half both defenses were being dominated by the offense as both teams scored on their first two possessions.

The Moors scored first on a 22-yard pass from Jacob Mendoza to receiver James Martin taking a 7-0 lead, in the first quarter.

The Rams (0-2) responded on fourth-and-goal with a 1-yard run from Simangunsong to tie the game, 7-7, in the first quarter.

Running back Patrick Bruno punched it in from the 5-yard line to give the Moors the lead, 14-7, in the second quarter.

Ram quarterback Mikal Quintanilla threw up a prayer when he had defenders in his face and connected with his 6-foot-5-inch receiver Tom Sanderson to tie the score, 14-14, in the second quarter.

An onside kick attempt was recovered by the Rams and set-up a 15-yard field goal attempt that was blocked by the Moors who all night made plays when they needed too.

"Coach Ochoa recognized the miss alignments and made a few personnel changes and coach made sure they were all in the right places and that helped us win the game," Torres said.

The Moors' Mendoza connected with running back Jacob Carabello on the flat for a 14-yard touchdown pass that gave the team the go ahead score, 20-14, in the fourth quarter.

Mendoza completed eight of 12 passes for 104 yards and earned his first varsity career win. After a disappointing performance last week, he said he knew that he had to step up this week to get the win.

"Coach told me to stay poise in the pocket and hit the flat and my (offensive line) was able to protect me enough to hit my receivers and we were able to get the win," Mendoza said.

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