Pomona evened its record at 3-3, but the 1-0 mark in league play gave hope that the Red Devils could start a run for the playoffs. Meanwhile, the game was a setback for Baldwin Park (4-2, 0-1), which suffered its second loss of the season. Coaches could be heard screaming at the Braves from across the field during an intense halftime speech, and the team rallied with maximum effort only to fall short in overtime. Alford, who had 252 of his rushing yards in the first half, improved his career-high by three yards, and scored two touchdowns. Other standouts for Pomona included Johnson, who passed for a touchdown, jumped on Alford’s fumble in the end zone for a touchdown, and ran back a punt 89 yards for another score. Johnson even recorded an interception. Those are the kind of plays Hudson wants to see early and often, before the other team can mount a comeback. “We just tell them, `Let the game come to you,’ ” Hudson said. “It’s almost Zen-like. “This is the second season. The postseason is the third season, and we want to play three seasons this year.” Baldwin Park’s Aaron Harris rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns. Braves quarterback Angel Acevedo added a rushing touchdown and also threw for 172 yards and one score. Baldwin Park never led until kicker Victor Carillo booted his overtime field goal. Pomona outgained the Braves 467-365. Each team had one turnover. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Playing its first overtime game since 1992, Pomona edged Valle Vista league rival Baldwin Park 41-38 at Ganesha High School. “We always want to keep playing,” said Pomona running back Rodney Alford, who rushed for a career-high 267 yards. “If we’re up by 100 points, we still want to play hard.” POMONA – Leonard Hudson often talks to his Pomona football team about playing for five quarters. The phrase is supposed emphasize playing hard through the whole game, but Thursday it took on a different meaning. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But it was a second-half lapse that nearly cost the Red Devils the game. Pomona led 28-14 at halftime, only to see Baldwin Park storm back and eventually tie the contest at 35-35. “It was immensely frustrating,” Hudson said. “We keep beating ourselves. Once we learn how to put the dagger in people, we’ll be a great team. We have the horses to do it.” Said Alford: “Inside, I knew we were going to win, but we laid down for them. Thank God we played hard in overtime.” In the extra session, Pomona’s defense stuffed Baldwin Park on three straight plays, then held the Braves to a 39-yard field goal. On the following possession, set up by quarterback Kelly Johnson’s 18-yard run, Alford scampered in for a 7-yard game-winning run.
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