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Moors Use Running Game In Win

  • By David Armenta
SOUTH PASADENA - 10/1/2010 - The offense for the Alhambra High football team was hitting on all cylinders in its 27-14 victory against South Pasadena Friday night in a CIF nonleague game.

Seven running backs touched the ball in the game and the Moors offensive line had their way with the Tigers defense as they totaled 266 yards on the ground in that dynamical Wing-T offense.

"They're our guys and unfortunately we have too many two-way players on the line, but I knew in Feburary when I was assembling this team that they were the guys we are going to lean on week in and week out," coach Lou Torres said.

The first half was dominated by the Moors (3-2) when senior cornerback Patrick Bruno intercepted the Tigers star quarterback senior Conor Bednarski on their first possession.

"Coach Jacob Ochoa did a great job tonight as he knew if he (Bednarski) was going to sit back there he was going to pick us apart, but he went after him tonight," Torres said.

That set up a 1-yard touchdown run by junior quarterback Joshua Mendoza to give the Moors an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
In the second quarter Mendoza hit his junior receiver Demetrius Russell in stride for a 20-yard touchdown pass to add onto the lead 14-0.

In the second half the Moors kept pouring it on when Russell ran for a 45-yard gain on the first play that set up a 6-yard touchdown pass from Mendoza to senior receiver James Martin and a 21-0 lead in the third quarter.

A tough Tiger team was not going to go down without a fight as it responded with a 58-yard touchdown pass from Bednarski to senior receiver Matt Nelson who out ran Bruno in coverage to cut the lead 21-7, in the third quarter.

"I gave up one to him (Nelson) but they were bound to get one once in a while, he had the reach on me," Bruno said.

The Tigers (3-1) handed the ball to senior running back Patrick Martin, who scored their final touchdown of the game on a 3-yard run to cut the lead 24-14, in the third quarter.

A pair of field goals (39 and 32 yards) by Moors kicker Jonathon Bird put the game away for the Moors.

The Moors will now rest up its players on their bye week as they prepare for the tough Almont League season that awaits them.

"Obviously, we are where we want to be and we have a couple of kids who are out, but they will be healthy for league and were right where we want to be going into league," Torres said.

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