Arleta Takes Down Poly High School During Recent Football Game
From the opening whistle, the game between Poly and Arleta was a defensive struggle, with neither team’s offense being able to break through. The Mustangs were finally able to sustain a drive late into the quarter with their first touchdown of the game at the 2:29 mark of play. Poly regained the offensive, but they were quickly thwarted by the Mustangs as Saul Limon recovered a Poly fumble and gained his school possession. Arleta marched right down the field, led by running back Xavier Vega to extend their lead to 14-0 by the end of the first quarter.
Arleta was in possession at the start of the second quarter, and they once again sprinted through the field without much resistance by Poly’s defense. Robert Tapia-Ponce ran it into the endzone from 14 yards out for a Mustangs touchdown to push their lead to 21-0 with 7:45 left on the clock. There was still plenty of time for Poly to put themselves on the scoreboard, and the Parrots finally matched their opponent’s energy and marched all the way towards the end zone with only 0:14 left on the clock. Realizing three points wouldn’t help their cause, they repeatedly attempted to get an actual touchdown instead of a field goal, a strategy that ultimately failed them as Gonzalo Garcia Garcia intercepted a pass into the endzone, turning Poly away and keeping them scoreless by the time the halftime buzzer sounded with the Mustangs holding on to their 21-0 score.
The third quarter came and went without much action, with each team’s defense setting the tone and not allowing any drives to end in points scored. By the time the horn blared, the Mustangs were still sitting on a three-touchdown advantage.
Poly finally was able to break through on the scoreboard at the start of the fourth quarter, cashing in on their first scoring drive of the game to cut the deficit to 21-7. Arleta did what good teams do, and they responded with a touchdown of their own with 3:28 left in the game to extend their lead to 28-7 over the Parrots. Poly regained possession and struck through with a commendable 20 yard kick-off return with only 2:45 left on the clock. As the game neared completion, the Arleta cheerleaders went wild trying to get their players to stop the away team before they could score again. The last score of the game came on a 45-yard rushing touchdown to make the final score a 28-14 triumph for the Arleta Mustangs.
Arleta improved to 5-1 and 2-0 in the East Valley with the victory over Poly. The Mustang’s next game is an away game on Friday, Oct. 6 against the Grant Lancers from Van Nuys. Poly falls to 2-1 and 3-4 overall after the loss to Arleta. They will take the field looking to get back in the win column in two weeks when they face Grant after their bye week.