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Defense leads Anaheim to first win
ANAHEIM – The Anaheim defense picked off three passes and held Loara scoreless as the Colonists gained their first win, defeating the Saxons, 28-0, in a nonleague game Friday night at Glover Stadium.
Anaheim’s ballhawking, run-stuffing defense held Loara to 107 yards passing and 19 yards rushing.
“We had to get to the quarterback, and we were able to do that tonight and force a few interceptions,” Anaheim coach Lanny Booher said. “We’ve been killing ourselves, so we finally limited the mistakes.”
Anaheim (1-3) ran the ball all night gaining 254 rushing yards while quarterback Adam Rodriguez only needed to complete 4 of 5 passes for 50 yards.
Rushing for 133 yards, running back Raymond Serna led the strong rushing attack of the Colonists, scoring on a 2-yard run and increasing the lead to 21-0 in the third quarter. The score seemed to take the wind out of the Loara (1-3).
Loara quarterback Frankie Nocella had a rough night, completing 7 of 16 passes and suffering three interceptions at the hands of Albert Lozano, Victor Ocampo and Raymond Serna each intercepted passes for Anaheim.
With seconds left in the game, Loara (1-3) moved the ball to the Anaheim 6-yard line, but the Colonists defense held them after an intentional grounding call moved them back to the 23-yard line, followed by an 18 yard sack.
Adam Rodriguez, Victor Ocampo and Ricardo Godinez scored the other three rushing touchdowns for Anaheim.
The last score came on a 2-yard Godinez run in the fourth quarter that increased Anaheim’s lead to 28-0.
Ocampo scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter, making it 14-0.