"Last week, I only had one half to prepare to play (quarterback)," said Brown. "The full week really helped me out a lot. I know I made a few mistakes but I hope to improve by next week's game."
The Matadors (4-5 overall, 2-2 in league) rallied around their prominent tailback. Following starting quarterback Andy Guerrero's season-ending injury last week due to a broken ankle, Brown for the game against Alhambra was looked upon to carry the offensive load as the new starting quarterback.
"The team had a great week of practice," said Matador coach Jude Oliva. "The team rallied around (Brown). We had one week to prepare with (Brown at quarterback) instead of a half like last week. We did just enough passing to keep Alhambra's defense honest."
Following a scoreless first quarter, the Matadors late in the second quarter struck first on the scoreboard. A Brown four-yard quarterback keeper gave the Matadors a 7-0 lead with 2:44 remaining in the first half.
After an Alhambra three-and-out series, the Matadors quickly struck once again. A 28-yard touchdown pass by Brown to wideout Alex Villalobos gave the Matadors a 14-0 lead at the break.
Early in the third quarter Alhambra (4-5, 1-3) finally got on the score sheets. Quarterback Joshua Mendoza connected with wide receiver Oscar Gaytan for a touchdown to cut the Matadors lead in half.
However the Matadors responded quickly to the Alhambra score, as Brown found Andres Fernandez wide-open down the right sideline for a 33-yard score.
After a Mendoza touchdown late in the third quarter cut the Matadors lead to 21-13 heading into the fourth quarter, San Gabriel would not be denied the victory. A second Brown four-yard rushing touchdown sealed the Matadors' win.
The Matador defense held Alhambra to less than 250 yards of total offense. The Matadors defense forced four turnovers during the game.
"We are getting to a point where our defense is really starting to fly around and make plays," Oliva said. "We inserted some of the young cats and they made some nice plays. We allowed some big passes so we need to clean some things up in the secondary."
With a week remaining in the regular season, the two Almont League playoff spots are still up for grabs. Next Friday, the Matadors travel to face host Schurr High in a crucial game.
"We need to be humble, but we also need to stay hungry," said Oliva. "We understand what's at stake. We are going to play hard and continue to do what we do."