Alhambra football coach Lou Torres said he will be cleared to return from medical leave just in time to coach the Moors against Temple City on Friday at Moor Field.
Torres was admitted last week to Arcadia Methodist Hospital, the same day the Moors played at La Canada. He underwent surgery the next day for a skin-born staph infection that spread throughout his body, which he said resurfaced in the Moors’ season opener against Roosevelt and kept him out of school since Labor Day.
Torres was released from the hospital three days later, but has been under care of a nurse at his home. He said he will coach Friday if he’s cleared.
“Absolutely,” he said. “I was ready to jump out the window during the weekend.”
Torres saw video of Alhambra’s 17-0 loss to La Canada, and isn’t buying the idea the Moors face a long season.
“We didn’t play bad,” he said. “Me not being there, when you’re the offensive coordinator, was a piece of the puzzle that was missing.”
John Zabala, the quarterbacks/wide receivers coach, took charge of the offense.
“It made things difficult asking John to call the offense when he rarely spends time with the run game,” Torres said. “But I made sure that no matter what happens I’ll meet with my staff and we’ll come up with a plan so that everybody has a piece of the puzzle, too. When you’re the offensive coordinator and you’re gone the day of the game it’s difficult for everybody else.”