Acalanes 28, Alhambra 27: A surprise onside kick made by the Dons in the third quarter proved to be the turning point in an exciting home win over the rival Bulldogs.

After Acalanes (3-4) scored the tying touchdown on running back Aaron Edwards' 19-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, coach Mike Ivankovich made the decision to surprise Alhambra with an onside kick down the middle of the field.

The call worked, as a Bulldog was able to get his hands on the ball, but ultimately lost the ball as Acalanes recovered.

With a short field, the Dons scored another touchdown on only five plays, capped by a 27-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Spencer Henderson to wideout Tom Nork to put the Dons ahead 28-21.

"We've always had that play," Ivankovich said after the game. "We've recovered many of them this season. A lot of teams don't like it, but it worked and it helped us win the game tonight."

Alhambra (2-5) did not go quietly on the ensuing drive, as the team drove downfield to score on a 10-yard run by running back Mitchell Wilson, but kicker Osiel Mendoza missed his extra-point attempt, clinching the game for the Dons.

Henderson finished with 102 yards passing and the touchdown pass that put Acalanes ahead for good.

Acalanes 28, Alhambra 27

Alhambra          13          0          8          6--          27

Acalanes          7          7          7          7--          28

Alh -- Wilson 1 run (Mendoza kick)

Aca -- DeBack 16 from Stern (P. Nork kick)

Alh -- Poyadue 27 run (kick blocked)

Aca -- Henderson 1 run (P. Nork kick)

Alh -- Wilson 10 run (Lamberts from Wilson)

Aca -- Edwards 19 run (P. Nork kick)

Aca -- T. Nork 27 from Henderson (P. Nork kick)

Alh -- Wilson 10 run (kick failed)

Rushing: Alh -- Wilson 15-91, Poyadue 8-67, Green 3-28, Costa 2-10, Bailey 3-7, Archuleta 1-1. Totals 31-204. Aca -- Edwards 6-24, Henderson 6-19, Gardner 6-14, Stern 3-10, Ibarra 1-2, DeBack 1-(-1). Totals 23-68. Passing: Alh -- Costa 10-16-0 114, Wilson 2-3-0 31. Totals 12-19-0 145. Aca -- Henderson 8-15-1 102, Stern 9-12-1 80. Totals 17-27-2 182. Receiving: Alh -- Little 3-54, Poyadue 4-43, Revetta 2-24, Green 2-17, Salva 1-7. Aca -- Anderson 6-60, DeBack 5-56, T. Nork 2-34, Gardner 2-16, Ibarra 1-10, O'Donnell 1-6. Fumbles/lost: Alhambra -- 2/1, Acalanes -- 0/0. Records: Alhambra 2-5, 0-3 DFAL; Acalanes 3-4, 1-2.