By GERARDO RECINOS
The popularly coined phrase, “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” has never applied to Alhambra’s junior varsity football team.
The team was very much broken and needed to be fixed. That fix was made and generated results almost instantly Friday night, earning the Bulldogs their first win of the season in a 40-2 rout of the Washington-Fremont Huskies.
The numbers don’t lie.
After an early safety by the Huskies gave spectators the impression of another sloppily played game, the Bulldogs rallied to score 40 unanswered points and dominated every aspect of play in their first win.
They racked up 458 total yards of offense, had a pair of running backs who had 100-yard days, and a quarterback who completed all but one of his pass attempts.
One of the big changes made by Alhambra that paid off immediately was the one made by Coach Kent Largent at the quarterback position. It wasn’t a matter of Zach Schuler not playing the position well, it was a necessity that needed to be filled at tight end by an athletic player who could make a switch mid-week with little commotion.
The switch not only paid off when Trent Greene completed five of his six pass attempts, but also when the newly installed quarterback connected with the former signal caller for a 67-yard touchdown pass.
The play highlighted Greene’s mobility as he moved outside the pocket to make the pass, and Schuler’s strength as he shrugged off defensive backs as he rumbled into the end zone.
That play came six minutes after Austin Edwards capitalized on a fumble recovery by Nick Haro by scoring on the first offensive play from scrimmage from 80 yards out.
Edwards only carried the ball eight times on the afternoon against the Huskies, but did so effectively, averaging nearly 25 yards per carry and two touchdowns, both which came in the first half of play. Edwards’ second touchdown came on a perfectly executed misdirection play, and ended with him shrugging off many would-be tacklers to score from 40 yards out.
The Bulldogs pitched a perfect shutout in the second half, with the linebacking duo of Haro and Aiden LaHonta doing their parts in stuffing the running game of the Huskies. Haro collected a pair of sacks on the day.
With no time left in the third quarter, Greene connected with wide receiver Conner Largent from 36 yards out to give Alhambra a 26-2 lead going into the final quarter of play.
With most of the first team out of the game, players who don’t see quite as much game time saw an opportunity to take their playing time into their own hands.
Second string running back AB Asefi only touched the ball three times, but managed to string together 116 yards on those three carries, and two touchdowns which came on consecutive possessions.
With the many changes made over the course of a week of practice (the most productive week according to the coaching staff), performance’s like Asefi’s may not go unnoticed.
With their first win of the season the Bulldogs will have picked up some momentum before going up against the always tough Miramonte Matadors before the start of League play on Friday, Sept. 25.