Alvarez rallies late against Christopher to stay unbeaten

Alvarez rallies late against Christopher to stay unbeaten


Alvarez rallies late against Christopher to stay unbeaten



Taking its first and only lead with 3:35 left in the game, the Alvarez High football team beat Christopher High 26-23 Friday, erasing a 14-point first-half deficit.

The win kept the Eagles undefeated at 6-0 and sets up a showdown for first place in the MBL Pacific Division next Friday at home against North Salinas.

Both teams are 3-0 in league with three games to play.

Down 23-18 with time winding down, Alvarez converted a fourth-and-8 when quarterback Edric Gamble connected with Diego Vega on an 8-yard touchdown pass to cap off a 10-play, 75-yard game-winning drive.

Gamble woke up the Eagles’ passing game the previous series when he found Ryan Hocog on a 92-yard touchdown pass on the very first play from scrimmage to cut their deficit to 23-18.

After near perfection through the air in the first half, Christopher’s offense stalled much of the remainder of the game.

Cougar quarterback Sterling Montgomery, who completed 13 passes in a row at one point in the game, struggled in the second half, completing just 7-of-15 passes for 64 yards.

He finished the game with 202 yards and three touchdowns — a 13-yarder to Victor Chillin, a 14-yarder to Raul Tovar and a 2-yarder to Tyler Fhurong, all in the first half.

Alvarez’s only score in the first half came on a 99-yard run by Gamble when he faked a pitch on an option and found a seam up the middle of the field and raced to the end zone.


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