RANCHO CUCAMONGA — Even big plays can't draw big smiles from Pat Ward, Fullerton High School football coach.
Fullerton improved to 3-0 after scoring 21 points in the fourth quarter Thursday night to defeat Alta Loma, 36-18, at Chaffey College. But the Indians' coach wasn't impressed.
"We are not a good football team at all," said Ward, in his first year at the school. "This was the worst football game we've played all year." A tricky lateral-and-pass play gave Alta Loma (1-2) an 18-15 lead at the end of the third quarter. Alta Loma quarterback Robert Church hit Alfie Gallegos with a long lateral, and then Gallegos heaved a 39-yard scoring pass to Rob Barry.
Even David Chacon, who almost single-handedly brought Fullerton back from the brink, didn't escape criticism. Ward saw Chacon speaking to reporters after the game and told him: "Give them a few words, then get your butt off the field. You're not an NFL player."