West Covina remains unbeaten, 31-21
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Ayala jumped to a 7-0 lead on the first play of the game when Terrence Smith recovered Jon Mejia’s fumble on the kickoff and raced down the left sideline for a 16-yard touchdown. West Covina’s offense then took over for the rest of the first half. The Bulldogs scored 24 points on four of their first five possessions. West Covina tied the game 7-7 when quarterback George Munoz hit Mike Martinez for a 4-yard touchdown. West Covina then grabbed a 14-7 lead late in the first quarter when Marin Hernandez scored a touchdown on a 4-yard run. The Bulldogs extended their lead to 24-7 late in the second quarter thanks to a shanked punt that put the ball on the Ayala 38-yard line. Three plays later, Alvarado scored on a 4-yard run. West Covina’s defense shut down Ayala in the first half, holding the Bulldogs to 42 yards of offense. Ayala stormed back in the third quarter when it got the ball to start the second half. The Bulldogs used nothing but runs to march the ball 64 yards on 12 plays. The drive ended when Herman Kucukkoseoglu scored a touchdown on a 1-yard plunge. Ayala cut West Covina’s lead to 24-21 with 8:47 left in the fourth quarter thanks to Jason Scott’s interception. Ayala took over at the West Covina 25-yard line and got a touchdown when Aaron Ridgway scored on a 2-yard run. After that touchdown, Maggiore told his team to put together a quality drive. It listened. Alvarado scored with 3:52 left to give West Covina a 31-21 lead. The Bulldogs ran the ball all nine plays on the drive. “We just needed our line and our backs to step up and control the clock and drive the ball,’ Maggiore said. “They got it done.’ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! West Covina (5-0) won its 12th consecutive game thanks to that nine-play, 68-yard scoring drive that was capped by Edmund Alvarado’s 17-yard touchdown run. “That’s what good teams do,’ Maggiore said. “I’m proud of them for that.’ WEST COVINA — West Covina High School football coach Mike Maggiore told his team midway through the fourth quarter it needed a solid drive to win the game. The Bulldogs answered with a touchdown to defeat Ayala 31-21 in nonleague action Friday night.