It’s arduous to imagine there was a extra entertaining first half of highschool soccer this season than what transpired Thursday evening at Veterans Stadium in Lengthy Seashore. Los Alamitos and Santa Margarita engaged in a wild, back-and-forth 24-minute present that featured gamers you’ll actually be seeing on a university discipline sooner or later
Whether or not it was USC-bound Makai Lemon of Los Alamitos turning on a burst of pace to run away from defenders or junior Emmett Mosley of Santa Margarita breaking three tackles for a landing, it was pure leisure.
By sport’s conclusion, Los Alamitos had torched the Eagles’ protection for a 69-49 victory.
That’s consecutive weeks during which the Griffins (3-2) have knocked off Trinity League foes.
Final week it was Servite. It’s an indication Los Alamitos can positively play with the massive boys.
Working again Damian Henderson left the Eagles’ protection in tatters, dashing for 303 yards and 5 touchdowns.
In defeat, Santa Margarita quarterback Jaxon Potter handed for 479 yards and 5 touchdowns and likewise ran for a landing.
There have been seven lead modifications within the first half that noticed Los Alamitos come away with a 35-30 halftime benefit. In a single sequence, Mosley scored on a 63-yard reception, then Lemon returned the following kickoff 95 yards for a landing, making it 23-23 within the second quarter.
Lemon had a 65-yard landing reception that left six Santa Margarita defenders helplessly chasing him as he bumped into the top zone.
Lemon completed the sport with 12 catches for 184 yards from USC-bound quarterback Malachi Nelson, who was 16-for-20 passing for 235 yards.
“It’s a huge win,” Nelson mentioned.
Santa Margarita (3-1) couldn’t deal with Los Alamitos’ no-huddle offense that saved stepping into a fast rhythm. Los Alamitos’ offensive line was dominant in defending Nelson.
Los Alamitos obtained a lift from 6-foot-2, 300-pound freshman lineman Manoah Faupusa, who ran for 2 touchdowns and scored on a two-point conversion taking part in fullback in a short-yard formation. He seemed like the following Fridge Perry.
Los Alamitos held a 50-43 lead after three quarters however took management on the opening play of the fourth quarter when Henderson ran 55 yards for a landing.
Santa Margarita was with out considered one of its greatest defensive gamers, deal with Collins Acheampong, who suffered a knee harm final week.
You’ll be able to see why USC coach Lincoln Riley is thrilled to be getting the duo of Nelson and Lemon. Nelson is exact. He was 11 of 14 passing for 189 yards within the first half. Lemon was getting used on brief passes out of the backfield, permitting him to make use of his pace to create huge performs. The Griffins neatly have a method of getting him the ball as a lot as potential.
Off the sphere, Los Alamitos discovered that high switch pupil T.A. Cunningham, a defensive lineman from Georgia, was denied his request for an emergency restraining order in Orange County Superior Court docket towards the CIF Southern Part, leaving him ineligible.
The Southern Part has opened a 510 undue affect investigation into his transfer from Georgia with out his dad and mom and has till Sept. 27 to finish it. The court docket petition filed by Cunningham’s legal professional documented that he got here to California lured by guarantees of identify, picture and likeness potentialities.
Regardless that the documentation was designed to realize Cunningham’s eligibility, it may find yourself having the other impact as a result of there stays a CIF rule that states, “A student may not be eligible to participate at the varsity level if there is evidence the move was athletically motivated or the student enrolled in that school in whole or in part for athletic reasons.”
Luca Evans contributed to this report.