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Los Amigos' Steven Hernandez gets away from La Quinta's Anton Ta during the first half of their Garden Grove League football game at Bolsa Grande High in Garden Grove, Calif. on Thursday, October 27, 2016. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Los Amigos' late TD tightens league race

STAFF WRITER

GARDEN GROVE – Quarterback Steven Hernandez scored on an 8-yard run to tie the score and Joseph Ramirez added the point-after kick for Los Amigos late in the fourth quarter of a 17-16 win over La Quinta in a Garden Grove League game Thursday at Bolsa Grande High.

Los Amigos and La Quinta are tied for second place in the Garden League. Both are 3-1 in league and in good position to claim a playoff berth, but nothing is settled just yet. Both trail league-leading Garden Grove by one-half game.

Defending league champion Garden Grove, 3-0 in league, plays Bolsa Grande (0-3) today. La Quinta plays Garden Grove at Garden Grove next Friday, the final day of the league and regular season.

Los Amigos plays Rancho Alamitos next Friday at Bolsa Grande High. Rancho Alamitos, 1-2 in league, plays Santiago (0-3) today.

La Quinta had a 16-10 lead at halftime. After a scoreless third quarter, Los Amigos got a break when the Lobos’ Walter Santana recovered a fumble at the Aztecs’ 32-yard line. Los Amigos ran six running plays from there, with Hernandez’ 8-yard scoring run finishing the drive.

Not only did Ramirez kick the extra point to providing the winning margin, he also had punts of 50 and 47 yards in the fourth quarter and made a field goal in the first half.

Hernandez finished with 223 rushing yards on 34 carries. He scored on a 49-yard run in the second quarter.

La Quinta quarterback Michael Nadeau threw for 196 yards and two TDs.

La Quinta scored a touchdown on its first possession. Nadeau, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound sophomore, connected with Dylan Do on a 19-yard scoring pass.

Ramirez kicked a 33-yard field goal later in the first quarter to trim the Aztecs’ lead to 7-3.

Nadeau lofted a 33-yard TD pass to Nathan Medellin in the second quarter to extend La Quinta’s advantage to 14-3. Los Amigos responded with Hernandez’s 49-yard touchdown run.

La Quinta added two points on the final play of the second quarter when Aztecs linebacker Peter Felix sacked Los Amigos quarterback Isaiah Potts in the end zone to move the La Quinta lead to 16-10. It was Felix’ second sack in as many plays. Before the safety, Felix sacked Potts for a 13-yard loss to push Los Amigos back to its 7-yard line.

Hernandez had 151 rushing yards in the first half.

Contact the writer: sfryer@scng.com


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