Tigers Football | South Pasadena Falls to 2-3 in Friday Night Action

Tigers look to get back in winning track against Eagle Rock next Friday

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | SPHS Football vs Alhambra at home
It was a game South Pasadena High coach Jeff Chi thought his club had a solid chance of winning , but neighboring Alhambra came away with its fifth straight win Friday night as they handed the Tigers a 29-14 non-league loss.
PHOTO: Bill Glazier | SPHS Football vs Alhambra at home
South Pasadena dropped to 2-3 on the season and will now prepare for Eagle Rock on the road in its final tuneup before its Rio Hondo League opener on the road in two weeks against rival San Marino.
The Tigers only points came on on a 34-yard interception in the first half by Jordan Xiao and a 1-yard push up the middle in the third quarter by backup quarterback Jaden Gallego, who replaced Samuel Luna-Long after the starter suffered a deep bruise to his non-throwing elbow early in the second period but finished out the half.
PHOTO: Bill Glazier | SPHS Football vs Alhambra at home
By then the Moors had built a 15-7 lead, and scored twice more in the third quarter to pull away. It was 29-7 when Gallego scored the Tigers only points in the third prriod with 28 seconds left. Both teams played a scoreless fourth quarter.
“We had some good plays but it wasn’t enough,” said Chi following the contest. “I thought the guys did a good job of moving the ball at times. Defensively, sometimes we made big plays, but other times we looked out of place.”
Eagle Rock poses more problems for the Tigers as they will host Friday’s game with unblemished 5-0 record.
“It’s going to be a tough game,” said Chi. We just have to find a way to get better. Hopefully we can come out of the Eagle Rock game healthy and then get ready for league.”
Look for an update to this story over the weekend.