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Los Alamitos finishes strong against Lakewood

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

LAKEWOOD - For the second consecutive week, Los Alamitos used a strong second-half performance to secure a victory.

The visiting Griffins scored 22 consecutive points in the second half on Friday en route to a 32-12 victory over Lakewood in a nonleague game.

Over the past two games, Los Alamitos has outscored its opponents 50-7 in the second half.

“We were more intense (than last week),” Los Al coach Ray Fenton said. “We were just shooting ourselves in the foot (in the first half), and they (Lakewood) did a good job of coming out and playing hard.”

Fenton said a ground-and-pound mind-set on offense in the second half helped the Griffins achieve success.

The Griffins (2-1) trailed at the half, 12-10, but on their first possession of the third quarter they took the lead on a 1-yard run by RJ Gonzalez.

The fourth quarter saw two more rushing touchdowns for the Griffins. One of the scores came on an option pitch from quarterback Hayden Smith to wide receiver Dylan Laurent that covered 42 yards, and the other was a 29-yard run by Gonzalez.

Los Al scored 42 seconds into the game, with the TD set up by a 70-yard kickoff return by Laurent.

The Lancers (0-3) responded on their opening drive as Joshua Cummings scored from 7 yards out.

The Griffins made a 29-yard field goal at the end of the first quarter.

Dunlop evaded the Griffins defense and scored on an 8-yard keeper to give the Lancers a 12-10 lead heading into half.


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