Phoenix Alhambra came into Friday night’s Division III, Section VI matchup against Phoenix Shadow Mountain looking to remain perfect on the season.
Before the game, Alhambra coach Frank Lautt talked about the keys to the game for his team.
“If we can hold on to the ball, we can move the ball,” Lautt said.
Alhambra was unable to do that, as guest Shadow Mountain forced eight Alhambra turnovers in a 28-10 victory.
Early on it seemed Alhambra would roll right past Shadow Mountain, rushing the ball on every play on its opening drive, scoring behind running back Manny Sterling’s 18 yard-run to put Alhambra on the board first 8-0. Sterling later left the game with a shoulder injury.
The Shadow Mountain offense answered the score getting a touchdown late in the first quarter when running back Robert Petterson ran 40 yards to put Shadow Mountain within a point at 8-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Lucky Davis took over for Sterling, and on the second series, took the ball 60 yards for a score but the play was called back on a holding call.
Alhambra (3-1, 0-1) got the ball inside Shadow Mountain’s 10-yard line and were looking to tack on another score, but Davis fumbled to give the ball right back to Shadow Mountain.
Shadow Mountain quarterback Preston Campbell made sure it didn’t squander another opportunity, and on its next play tossed a 90-yard strike to receiver Zach Benitez to make it 14-8 Shadow Mountain with two minutes to go in the half.
A minute later, Campbell and Benitez burned the Alhambra secondary again, this time on a 75-yard hook-up that put Shadow Mountain up 21-8 going into halftime.
Alhambra fumbled two more times in the third quarter costing them opportunities to get back in the game.
Another turnover in the third quarter, this time on an interception on a halfback pass from Davis turned into an interception return for touchdown to give Shadow Mountain (2-2, 1-0) a 28-10 lead.