The quarterbacks for the Alhambra High football team didn't throw the ball much on Friday night. But when they did, they were effective.
Leo Costa and Josh Evans combined to complete 4 of 8 passes for 153 yards for two touchdowns to help the Bulldogs beat host Dublin 24-7 in a Diablo Foothill Athletic League game.
Costa hit Monte Cabrera on a 54-yard strike early in the game for a 7-0 lead. Then in the second quarter, Josh Evans hit Ethan Little on an 80-yard catch and run for a 14-0 advantage that would be enough to give Alhambra the win.
"I thought (Dublin was) being a bit aggressive against the run, so we hit on a couple of play-action passes," Bulldogs coach Alan Hern said. "We knew Dublin was a bit short-handed tonight, but we are still happy to get the win against a tough opponent."
Hern was speaking of the Gaels being without star running back Ondre Rudolph, who was injured in last week's game against Las Lomas. Without Rudolph, Dublin was unable to mount an effective running attack and turned to the passing game to try and mount a comeback.
Trailing 17-0, Josh Nobida took the Gaels on a 72-yard drive, finding Cory Thurman on a key fourth down conversion. He then finished the effort with a 2-yard keeper to pull Dublin within 17-7 late in the third quarter.
But just two plays later, Taylor Poyadue found an opening in the Gaels' defense and went 76 yards down the sideline for a score, giving the momentum right back
"I feel like our team is starting to get it," Hern said, "We've been a bit under the radar this year, but we still have a good chance to take our league."
Dublin (4-4, 2-2 DFAL) had stopped the Bulldogs (3-4, 2-1) on their first drive of the second half after Tom Tran intercepted Costa. But Alhambra's Miguel Lara blocked the Gaels' punt attempt just a few plays later, setting up Hugo Paredes' 26-yard field goal for a 17-7 lead.
Poyadue would lead all rushers with 158 yards on 19 carries and Nobida had 133 yards passing for Dublin.
Alhambra 24, Dublin 7
Alhambra 7 7 10 0-- 24
Dublin 0 0 7 0-- 7
A -- Cabrera 54 pass from Costa (Paredes kick)
A -- Little 80 pass from Evans (Paredes kick)
A -- Paredes 26 FG
D -- Nobida 2 run (Totaro kick)
A -- Poyadue 76 run (Paredes kick)
Rushing: A -- Poyadue 19-158, Costa 4-21, Foster 5-21, Evans 5-20, Thomas 1-8, Archuleta 1-4. Totals 35-232. D -- Millinder 14-25, Nobida 11-23, Elias 2-2, Barber 1-2, Team 1-6. Totals 29-58. Passing: A -- Costa 3-6-1 73, Evans 1-2-0 80. Totals 4-8-1 153. D -- Nobida 11-25-0 133. Receiving: A -- Little 2-85, Cabrera 2-68. D -- Chin 2-34, Barber 3-30, Thurmon 3-28, Jefferson 1-24, Dorsett 1-11, Katsarelis 1-6. Fumbles/lost: Alhambra 0/0, Dublin 1/0. Records: Alhambra 3-4, 2-1 DFAL; Dublin 4-4, 2-2.