The Los Altos football team escaped a close one, on senior night, at home against the West Covina Bulldogs. The Conquerors clinched their playoff spot for the 2017 season, but home field advantage will play a huge factor in this year’s playoff run.
It was senior night for Los Altos and this years 2018 class will graduate 27 seniors. The Conquerors came in to this game with a record of 6-2, 3-1 in league, while West Covina has struggled with a 1-7 record and 1-3 in league. The Bulldogs had nothing to lose and they gave the Conquerors a run for their money.
Senior quarterback Kody Olmos and his offense took the field to begin the first quarter, but a series of incompletions and a fumble led to a bad start for the Conquerors. The Bulldogs took advantage of this and scored off of a touchdown run which gave them a 7-0 lead.
The Conquerors rebounded when Olmos and the offense drove down the field and connected on a three-yard touchdown pass to Sophomore receiver Rene Zaldivar. Within minutes of tying the score, the Conquerors defense was able to force a safety giving them a 9-7 lead. After a half of inconsistency, the teams went into halftime tied at 15.
The Bulldogs were up 22-21 in the fourth but touchdown receptions by Dominic Miceli, Quinn Peoples and Zaldivar kept the Conquerors in the game and eventually got them the lead. West Covina made one last push to score, but the Conquerors defense made a huge stop to give the offense the ball back in order for Olmos to secure the 36-22 victory after his 60-yard touchdown run. Senior linebacker Tommy Rodriguez commented “We performed like we won the game already, and when they got that first score on us we knew we had to stop playing to their level.” Zaldivar mentioned the teams slow start, “Offense had a slow start but we picked it up later, although everything wasn’t perfect, we will work on it at practice.”
Los Altos has another big test this Friday at Diamond Ranch. Both teams will be looking for a victory to secure a second place finish in league. Rodriguez commented, “Diamond ranch is a good team but we just need to keep working hard and practice great. We know we are in the playoffs but this game will show the talent we have set the tone for our playoff run.” Zaldivar also commented about the teams preparation for Diamond Ranch, “Diamond Ranch is going to be a great challenge, so we cannot have a slow start like tonight, we just have to keep playing LA football and be confident.”