Football: Alhambra officially cancels Friday’s game

There’s no school hit harder from the fires and poor air quality than La Caada. The Spartans’ scrimmage last week was canceled and their Week 1 season opener against Alhambra was canceled Friday. La Caada has not practiced since the Station Fire began, meaning they don’t have the mandatory 10-day practices to suit up and play. Alhambra was holding out on canceling completely Friday, waiting until today to see if another team would fill the void and avoid the Moors’ sudden bye week. Alhambra AD Lou Torres said moments ago he will officially cancel Friday’s game after having no luck in finding a replacement. Alhambra coach Gil Ruedaflores will instead scout Temple City vs. Arroyo. The Moors play the Rams in Week 2. Ruedaflores’ assistants will make their presence felt at South Pasadena and Wilson, two schools Alhambra play in the coming weeks. Ruedaflores, who has coached at Alhambra for well over two decades, said the last week or so has been one of the more strangest. “Let me put it this way,” he asked rhetorically. “How would you like it if you were in a submarine practicing? Being in the gym was like being in a submarine, practicing in 110 heat degree with no air conditioner. You couldn’t do any special teams, no tackling on hardwood floors. It was a nightmare, and it was evident in our game.”

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  • New York

    Obviously there is a lot worse that has come from the fire. But this still stinks. It is too bad that La Canada was not able to coordinate field time with other schools in order to allow La Canada to get their 10 days of minimum practice. This type of coordination for the benefit of member teams, I would assume, is what the CIF and Leagues should able to do.

  • Matt

    I heard they had a place to practice and the school shot them down. The school would not let them on a field until yesterday. That is two weeks off from practice.

  • New York

    Do you think the school would have been more accomodating for a waterpolo issue?

  • Drama

    I understand that the Rio Hondo Prep/Kilpatrick game has also been cancelled.
    Does anyone know why?

  • Matt

    New York,
    Water polo practiced on Monday.

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