El Modena's Kenneth Lamb runs for a first down against Segerstrom's Christopher Ferman on Thursday.

Lambs lead El Modena past Segerstrom, 47-27


ORANGE – There was nothing silent about the Lambs on Thursday evening.

El Modena senior running back Kenneth Lamb compiled 136 rushing yards and accounted for two touchdowns, and senior receiver Greg Lamb opened the contest with a 53-yard touchdown catch that sparked the Vanguards’ 47-27 victory over Segerstrom in a CIF-SS Southern Division game at El Modena High.

By winning with its season high for points scored, El Modena (8-4) advances to the semifinals for the second consecutive year. It will play the winner of Saturday’s Canyon-Katella matchup.

The Vanguards would be the home team next week if they play Canyon, but would travel to Glover Stadium if Katella wins.

“It feels great, because right now in that final group of eight, anybody can beat anybody,” El Modena coach Ed Drzanek said. “I was glad our kids came out to play and win. It’s a tribute to the Jaguars and their staff, they didn’t lay down… But I’m really excited about our team and how it responded. We’re starting to hit our stride again.”

As effective as the Vanguards running game was in the second half, it was the vertical passing attack that moved the chains early on.

Sophomore quarterback AJ Esperanza threw for 140 of his 156 yards in the first half, hitting Greg Lamb and Frankie Islas for scores that covered 53 and 32 yards.

El Modena raced out to a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter and took a 31-14 edge into the half.

After sprinting his way to an 88-yard kickoff return touchdown in the second quarter, Kenneth Lamb’s first touch of the third quarter resulted in a 77-yard touchdown run that put the Vanguards up, 38-14.

“(The passing game) really opened things up for me,” Lamb explained. “Untouched on that long run. Our receivers and quarterback did such a great job. The o-line protected, and it opened things up for me.”

The Jaguars were hurt by a pair of turnovers that resulted in 14 points for El Modena.

Segerstom (8-3-1) failed to have a rusher top the 60-yard plateau as it finished with 158 yards rushing on 44 carries, an average of 3.6 yards per attempt.

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