Wilson Football Weekly Review
By Cole Martinez
Wilson 13, Alhambra 28
In their final non-league game, Wilson suffered a tough loss at the hands of the Alhambra Moors. There were some flashes of hope during the game, but overall the Mules committed too many errors to come away with a victory. The Wilson record is now 3-1 going into league play.
Alhambra was physical right off the bat, and on their first drive, the Moors scored on a run play up the middle. The Mule offense was shut down most of the first half, and their dominant run game was put on hold by the relentless pressure from the Moors. The Wilson defense stepped it up after Alhambra’s initial score. With an interception by Johnny Hernandez (#28) it looked like the Mules would gain some momentum. The offense, however, made too many errors including a fumble in the Alhambra red zone. The Moors would capitalize off the Wilson mistakes and were able to score another touchdown in the second quarter, making the score 14-0. But, the Mules kept fighting, and in the final two minutes Raul Cortez (#4) caught a touchdown pass in the endzone, giving the Mules some hope going into the half 14-7.
However, Alhambra was not done scoring either. With just over a minute left in the first half, Alhambra gained chunks of yards from their effective passing game, and were able to punch the ball into the endzone off a run play. The score at the half was 21-7.
Wilson put up a fight in the second half. On their second drive, the offense marched down the field, eating up the clock and wearing down the Moor defense. A touchdown was scored on a quarterback run up the middle by Isaac Abdullah (#6). It was 21-13 and with three minutes to go in the third quarter, the Mules had some momentum.
Unfortunately, the Moors never let up. Despite Wilson’s stout defense all year, Alhambra was able to score one more time in the fourth quarter. The Alhambra defense also kept pressuring the Mules with numerous blitzes and solid coverage on the Wilson receivers. The Mules could not pull off a comeback win and suffered their first loss of the season.
Up next, the Mules begin league play against their bitter rivals, the Lincoln Tigers. It will be a special night this upcoming Friday, as the Mules will be honoring the 20th anniversary of the 1996 championship team. Support the JV Mules at 4 pm and see your varsity football squad take on the Tigers at 7 pm for the annual throwback jersey night. Go Mules!