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Dominant Garden Grove adds another wrinkle vs. Santiago

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

GARDEN GROVE – Garden Grove added a mid-range pass to a primary blocker to the growing list of ways it can score dynamic touchdowns.

The longest gain in the Argonauts’ 61-0 victory over Santiago on Friday night was a 42-yard score by fullback Joseph Camarillo, who sprinted most of the distance after an elegant reception down the field.

Usually the distinction goes to Jordan Antunez, who once again paced Garden Grove with 181 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries. Or receiver Malik Balil, who had a 32-yard touchdown reception.

Even Fitu Lupematasila, who carries the ball as both a quarterback and running back, couldn’t get as far as Camarillo while the Argonauts (4-2, 1-0) opened Garden Grove League play in typically commanding fashion against the Cavaliers (0-6, 0-1).

“We’re blessed with all these options we have,” Camarillo said. “I’m here if they need me. I’ve scored from 70 before.”

The Argonauts were equally relentless on defense. Only one of Santiago’s first 15 running plays gained more than 3 yards. Garden Grove linebackers Derek Petrutis, Daniel Orellana and T.J. Taufetee were the main reason with their consistent attacks on Cavaliers ballcarriers.

Camarillo’s burst was the third of six first-half touchdowns. The last was quarterback Danny Avila’s 38-yard pass to Jordan Lassalle with 40 seconds left.

Avila finished 9 of 15 for 183 yards and three touchdown.


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