Late stand allows Los Al to hold off Edison

Win puts Griffins in control of Sunset League

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Brian Jurado breaks from the pack for a first down. Photo by davepeetersphoto.com

The Los Alamitos football team improved to 3-0 with a 27-20 win over Edison on Friday at Los Alamitos High.

Edison had tied the game at 20-20, with 6:33 left in the fourth quarter, but the Griffins were able to strike back quickly. After a touchback on the kickoff, the Griffins lost two yards on their first play. However, from the 18 yard line, quarterback Malachi Nelson found Makai Lemon along the left sideline for a pass completion.

Lemon then slipped by a couple of defenders and raced down the sideline before being caught at the Edison six yard line. One play later, Nelson connected again with Lemon on an out pass for what would become the game-winning touchdown.

Edison had battled all night and on their final possession, the Chargers looked as if they might have a chance to tie the game. They drove to the Los Alamitos 29 yard line before a sack by Tyler DeLeon stifled the drive. On the next play, Lane Broderick added another sack that ended the game.

The Griffin defense applied pressure much of the game, but Edison quarterback Braeden managed to move the offense enough to keep the Chargers in the game. He found receiver Nico Brown for several big plays, including all three touchdown passes. Running back Mateo Liau provided some bruising runs.

But the Griffins had their own big-play duo in Nelson and Lemon. They also connected on three touchdown passes. Meanwhile Brian Jurado carried much of the rushing load, with help from Gavin Porch, who punched in a short touchdown run that gave the Griffins a 20-13 lead at halftime.

Los Alamitos’ Makai Lemon turns the corner on Edison defender during the Griffins’ 27-20 victory over the Chargers, on Friday at Los Alamitos High. Photo by davepeetersphoto.com
Makai Lemon straight arms the defender. Photo by davepeetersphoto.com
Tyler Mclachlan kicks the extra point. Photo by davepeetersphoto.com