"I thought we came out fired up," La Cañada Coach Dan Yoder said. "They were showing us what we thought they were going to show us. We were pretty excited and I thought we had a pretty good game plan."
The speed of Ezra Broadus, Alhambra's running back, proved to be La Cañada's Achilles heel Friday (along with its fumbling problems), as he ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries while sitting out most of the second half with leg cramps.
Yoder said his team was game planning for Broadus, but it's hard to simulate his speed in practice.
"We knew what he was going to do and he just did it," Yoder said.
It was Moors' quarterback, Joshua Mendoza, who got Alhambra (2-0) on the board first. Alhambra took over at La Cañada's own 28-yard line on its third drive, as the Spartans were forced to punt out of their own end zone. It took the Moors five plays to punch it in as Mendoza scored on three-yard quarterback sneak to tie the game at 7 with 1:57 left in the first quarter.
La Cañada's offense couldn't replicate its opening-drive success as the next two Spartans' drives were stopped by fumbles, which were both recovered by Alhambra's Osvaldo Ramirez.
"I think we spent too much time on fumble drills [in the offseason]," Alhambra Coach Lou Torres said. "It seemed like that's all we worked on during two-a-days. It really worked out tonight.
"We constantly tell our kids to swarm the ball. If you swarm the ball you'll be around when the ball's on the floor. Our defense did a great job."