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Alhambra alum notches a first

Alhambra Class of 2015 graduate Josh Evans (pictured above in a game last year) threw for his first collegiate touchdown pass in the University of LaVerne’s loss in the NCAA Division III playoffs on Saturday, Nov. 21 , 2015. (NEVILLE GUARD / Martinez Tribune)
Alhambra Class of 2015 graduate Josh Evans (pictured above in a game last year) threw for his first collegiate touchdown pass in the University of LaVerne’s loss in the NCAA Division III playoffs on Saturday, Nov. 21 , 2015. (NEVILLE GUARD / Martinez Tribune)

By GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

Former Alhambra quarterback Josh Evans got his first collegiate snaps earlier than he probably would’ve expected, and in a situation he couldn’t have dreamed of.

The University of La Verne Leopards had traveled to Minnesota to take on St. Thomas in the NCAA Division III playoffs on Nov. 21, 2015. Evans wasn’t set to make a start, and he wasn’t even the second guy on the depth chart.

If he was going to get into the game it was because something bad happened to the Leopards.

Something like losing their starting quarterback, William Livingston. No matter, the Leopards had another player waiting in the wings who had previously taken snaps this season. Zachary Tomlinson stepped in to fill in for the senior Livingston, but he only completed two of his four pass attempts before he, too, was withdrawn due to injury.

On a roster with six different quarterbacks, Evans worked himself into being the third guy who would take over.

Evans was sacked once, but his first completed pass was a 10-yard touchdown pass to Ezra Broadus.

Coincidentally, Broadus is also an Alhambra graduate.

He attended Alhambra High School in Alhambra, California, a school in Southern California that is often confused with the F Street location we all know as the home of the Bulldogs.

Evans completed a pass for 60 yards to receiver Alex Villalobos to complete his day. Overall, Evans was 3-for-5, for 76 yards. He totaled two yards in four rushing attempts, but had a nine yard scramble as his longest run on the day.

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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