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Crean Lutheran strikes early, rolls over Bolsa Grande

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

IRVINE - Crean Lutheran rode a hot start to a 57-0 victory over Bolsa Grande in a nonleague game Friday at Irvine High School.

The Saints scored on their first three possessions of the game, taking a quick 21-0 lead behind two rushing touchdowns from senior running back Zach Macadam.

Crean Lutheran (4-1) finished with 329 yards rushing yards.

For Bolsa Grande (1-4), quarterback Andrew Guillen could not manage much offense through the first half. The Matadors’ longest play in the half was 7 yards.

As crisp as the offense looked for Crean Lutheran, the defensive line for the Saints also came to play on homecoming night. The trio of Tanner Atkinson, Christian Maurier and Maximus Bahou continually were in the Matadors backfield. Senior David Strahan managed 3 yards on eight carries.

As the first half went on, Crean Lutheran running back Jack Johnson guided the offense into the red zone with chunk runs. Johnson gained 105 yard on 15 carries in the first half.

At the 5:49 mark, quarterback Gavin Folsom called his own number from 7 yards out to make the score 28-0.

With 1:36 left in the second quarter, cornerback Issac Holbrook intercepted a pass at the Bolsa Grande 20 and ran it back for a touchdown.

The Saints added a field goal with two seconds left in the quarter to take a 44-0 lead into halftime.

The pounding run attack continued from Crean Lutheran in the second half. Macadam ran for a 48-yard touchdown on the second play of scrimmage in third quarter, and fellow back Anthony Cooper turned the right corner in route to a 55-yard touchdown at the 8:52 mark in the fourth quarter.

Bolsa Grande defensive tackle Juan Matias was a bright spot for the Matadors in the second half, stuffing multiple run plays in the backfield.


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