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Bulldog JV outlasts Dublin 14-12

Alhambra sophomore tight end Zach Schuler makes a diving catch in the end zone on a five-yard pass from quarterback Trent Greene in the Bulldogs’ 14-12 win over Dublin on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. Schuler had two touchdown catches on the evening. (GERARDO RECINOS / Martinez Tribune)
Alhambra sophomore tight end Zach Schuler makes a diving catch in the end zone on a five-yard pass from quarterback Trent Greene in the Bulldogs’ 14-12 win over Dublin on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. Schuler had two touchdown catches on the evening. (GERARDO RECINOS / Martinez Tribune)
By GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

The junior varsity Bulldogs’ game was nearly a mirrored performance to the varsity team’s effort.

The JV boys escaped with their second win on the season in an ugly battle with the Dublin Gaels, but emerged victorious as they did their part of the Homecoming weekend sweep.

The 14-12 win on Friday afternoon was marked by a stellar performance by the Bulldog defense, and a potent big-play attack from the Bulldogs.

On their first drive of the game, Alhambra quarterback Trent Greene hit former signal caller Zach Schuler from 19 yards out to open the scoring for the day. Schuler’s effort to haul in the pass saved his teammate from a fourth down try inside the red-zone.

Alhambra forced a punt and two turnovers from Dublin on their next three possessions, so the Gaels looked for a different way to get on the board.

Big gains from Greene on a quarterback scramble and a 14 yard pass to Tristan Ferrer set up Alhambra in the red-zone with an opportunity to double their lead.

After a fumbled snap Greene was able to recover the ball, and in an athletic display, picked up the ball and managed to make the most of the busted play to gain 12 yards.

One play later he made a mistake by throwing to a covered receiver, and has his pass taken the distance from 96 yards out. Alhambra was let off the hook on a block in the back penalty, but inexplicably kept the ball despite the interception.

On fourth down Greene and Schuler hooked up again, this time with Schuler making a diving catch in the end zone.

The offense couldn’t sync up together and seemed to be off kilter. Dublin restructured their game plan and kept the Alhambra defense on the field by running the ball and controlling the clock and pace of the game.

They scored after holding the ball for four minutes, feeding the ball to their tailback and rode on his shoulders. They missed their extra point, which would be key later in the game.

The Dublin tailback scored again after Alhambra was forced to punt the ball away on their first possession of the ball game. The Bulldogs did have to contend with a harsh block in the back penalty, but Greene was sacked on a crucial third down.

Again the Gaels missed the extra point and those two points would cost them perhaps another quarter of football.

With the second win of the season, the Bulldogs improve to 2-6, and snap up their first Diablo Foothill Athletic League win of the year, with two games left on the schedule Alhambra will try to win out to get closer to a .500 record.

About Gerardo Recinos

Gerardo Recinos is a journalist currently living in Concord, Calif. He is a recent graduate of San Francisco State University, with a degree in Journalism (History minor). Gerardo covers sports throughout Martinez and Pleasant Hill. It's his lifelong mission to get people in the U.S. to stop calling football "soccer," and to call American football "handegg."

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