Alhambra Edged by Montebello, 10-9

By Rich Whittington, Writer
October 31, 2012 • 285 views

By Rich Whittington

Alhambra, CA - The Montebello Oilers came from behind to beat the Alhambra Moors, 10-9, Friday evening at Moor Field, but it wasn’t easy.

Nothing was easy to come by in this Almont League contest. Both teams entered this game with a 2-1 league record.

Alhambra scored first on a 30-yard field goal by senior kicker Jessie Campos. This score came at the 6:46 mark of the opening period.

Montebello got on the board in the second quarter, with a field goal of its own…a 20 yard shot, off the foot of senior Marcus Portillo with 7:59 remaining in the half.

The teams remained deadlocked until Alhambra defensive back Arwendo Tendean recovered an Oilers’ fumble, and returned it 63-yards for a touchdown with 1:43 to play in the first half. The PAT was partially blocked. This gave the Moors a 9-3 halftime lead.

The score stayed the same until late in the fourth quarter when Montebello quarterback Matthew Saenz connected with wide out Gilbert Herrera for a 33-yard score. The PAT by Portillo was good, giving the Oilers their first lead of the contest, 10-9.

The Moors had one final opportunity to win the game. However, two penalties and a sack of quarterback Armando Amaya on their last series proved to be an insurmountable obstacle.

Although scoring proved to be at a premium, there was a noteworthy performance at the hands, or feet, of Alhambra running back Erza Broadus. This talented senior ran for 226 yards on 36 carries.

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