Bulldogs Victims on Homecoming

Nick Johnson, Staff Writer

The Cougars crushed the Alhambra Bulldogs 41-15 in their Homecoming contest at Bob Wilson Stadium on October 25.

Campo received the ball to start the 1st half, but punted after a short drive. The Bulldogs also were forced to punt on their first possession.

The Cougars began their second drive on their 35 yard line. After multiple 1st downs, quarterback Andrew Zolintakis threw a 31 yard pass to Tyler Petite for the touchdown. With the extra point, the score was 7-0 with 6:20 left in the 1st quarter.

In Campo’s next possession, running back Nick Fadelli ran for a touchdown with 2:02 left in the quarter, pushing  the score to 14-0.

In their next possession, Alhambra’s Mark Azevedo promptly threw an interception to defensive back Andrew Ahazie. Zolintakis followed this up shortly with a touchdown pass of 15 yards to Preston Kilwein. With 0:55 seconds left in the 1st quarter, the Cougars had a commanding 21-0 lead.

Campo head coach Kevin Macy was proud the defense. “Our linebacker play was very good. They covered a lot of field,” he said.

Alhambra ran the next kickoff to midfield to begin the 2nd quarter. Shortly after, Alhambra running back Ciazonne Ratto-Foster ran 20 yards to get the Bulldogs on the board, 21-7.

However, Campo stormed down the field and scored on a pass from  Zolintakis to Hunter Rosenbaum with 8:41 left in the half. Alhambra punted the ball away on their next possession. Zolintakis threw a pass to Justin Dunn good for 45 yards; but soon after, Zolintakis was picked off in the end zone.

Receiver Justin Dunn said the offense had a good game plan. “Our plan was to come out early and score some touchdowns,” he said.

Campo kicked off to start the 2nd half, but Alhambra was forced to punt once again. The Cougars scored on a run with about 5 minutes left in the 3rd. The extra point was blocked, so Campo led the game 34-7.

When Alhambra got the ball back, Mark Azevedo was intercepted yet again, this time by  defensive back Jack Shurtz.

Campo marched down the field and scored another touchdown on a 1 yard run with 1:54 left in the third quarter, leading 41-7.

Zolintakis believed the offense performed well. “Our offense was clicking on most of the drives. We played well,” he said.

Campolindo eventually won 41-15.

After the game Alhambra head coach Alan Hern said the Bulldogs had a hard time, especially with their starting quarterback injured. “We were short handed. It’s hard to step in and play the best team in the league,” he said.