MARTINEZ -- Ciazonne Foster squirted free from his place on the right end of the line, darted into the backfield, and got a full hand on College Park kicker Jason Johnsonbaugh's point-after attempt, preserving what would finish as a 41-41 season-opening tie between the Falcons and host Alhambra.
It was hardly Foster's only contribution to the final score. The speedy running back racked up 143 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries to lead all rushers. His second score, a 3-yard scamper, knotted the game at 21 all in the second quarter.
College Park (0-0-1) was poised to take an improbable 42-41 lead after trailing for most of the second half thanks to some stingy defense and another big play by running back Timmy Jackson. Jackson opened the game's scoring with a 44-yard scoring ramble, and closed it by sprinting into the end zone from 43 yards out with 4:02 left. He finished with 97 yards on just 6 carries. His backfield mate, Ray Jackson, led the Falcons with 117 yards and two scores on 10 carries, and quarterback Dimitri Salido chipped in 57 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries.
Foster's second touchdown was the first of three straight scores by the Bulldogs (0-0-1), who took a 35-21 lead into the half after what was one of the wackiest sequences of scoring imaginable.
Alhambra took over on downs at the College Park 48 with 46.9 seconds left in the half. Quarterback Josh Evans promptly marched the Bulldogs to the 12 on three pretty passes of 10, 12 and 14 yards, then floated a high, arcing fade to Monte Cabrera in the left corner of the end zone with 3.5 ticks left on the clock.
The ensuing kickoff went out of bounds with no time off the game clock, and Falcons running back Ray Jackson tried to make something out of nothing as the horn sounded on the half. But Alhambra's defense had him bottled up, forced him to turn back, and eventually knocked the ball free. Cabrera -- in the right place again -- scooped it up at the Falcons' 35 and darted down the left sideline to paydirt, and to the absolute stunned amazement of the College Park faithful.
But the Falcons battled back in the second half, stiffening defensively, and finding a way to chip away at the lead. Salido led a brisk, 5-play, 53-yard drive to open the second half, then capped it with a 5-yard scoring plunge. Ray Jackson scored from a yard out with 32 seconds left in the third to tie things at 35.