Coleman puts his mark on Garden Grove triumph


GARDEN GROVE – Brandon Coleman scored three touchdowns, including an interception return for a touchdown, for Garden Grove as the Argonauts secured a 35-14 win over Santiago on Thursday night at Garden Grove High.

With the victory, the Argonauts collected their ninth-straight triumph over their Garden Grove league foes, as they continued their dominance of the Cavaliers.

Garden Grove (5-2, 2-0) struck first as it moved the ball with little resistance on its initial drive. Mario Moemoe was a catalyst out of the backfield. Moemoe had two runs and one catch all over 15 yards on the scoring drive that culminated with Adam Johnson catching a quick 8-yard pass from Ruben Mendoza for a 7-0 lead.

Johnson led all receivers with 119 yards and one touchdown.

Santiago (1-6, 0-2) responded with a lengthy drive of their own as Angel Tajimaroa led Santiago downfield with timely completions. The Argonauts defense kept the Cavaliers out of the end zone with a goal-line stand as they stopped Dylan Ourng short of scoring.

Coleman’s interception of Tajimaroa made the score 14-0 and would be his first TD of the night. The Argonauts punted the ball and pinned Santiago inside the 5 and the defense came through once again with a big play.

The Cavaliers finally got on board when Ruben Prieto caught a Tajimaroa pass as the junior QB rolled to his left and lofted a spiral to the uncovered receiver to cut into their deficit 14-7.

Dominick Smith ended a Garden Grove scoring threat just before the first half ended when he picked off Mendoza in the end zone.

Mendoza, who finished with 245 passing yards and three touchdowns, used his legs contribute to the scoreboard with a 19-yard TD run to open the second half.

Coleman only caught three passes for 75 yards but he turned two of those receptions into scoring plays including a 36-yard catch on fourth-and-12. That grab made the score 28-7 late in the third quarter.

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