Godinez keeps improving, tops Anaheim


SANTA ANA – Bryan Ibarra totaled 227 yards of offense and was responsible for four touchdowns Friday night, leading dominant Godinez to a 34-13 victory over Anaheim at Segerstrom High.

The junior quarterback ran for 109 yards and two scores and completed four passes for another 118 yards and two long touchdowns as the Grizzlies (2-3) wrapped up their nonleague schedule by scoring five touchdowns in a seven-series span to open a 28-point lead late in the third quarter.

Sophomore Andy Sosa rushed for another 100 yards and Godinez's defense kept Colonists quarterback Brandon Lopez under heavy pressure from start to finish.

The best news for Anaheim was Joel Montes de Oca’s return from an ankle injury that kept him out for two games. He ran for 36 yards on 12 carries.

After an 0-10 campaign last year, the Grizzlies are starting to turn heads under first-year coach Michael Echaves.

“We’re definitely competitive, and that’s kind of a good thing,” said Echaves, whose team has lost two games by three points.

Two quick first-quarter drives gave Godinez a 14-0 lead – Ibarra running 4 yards for the first score after his 39-yard sprint to the Anaheim 1-yard line, then tossing a 49-yard TD bomb to Chris Zotea – and after the Colonists (2-3) answered on the opening drive of the second quarter, the Grizzlies marched 70 yards, with Sosa going the final 8 yards to make it 21-6.

Ibarra ran 27 yards for another touchdown to start the second half, then hit Izak Verduzco with a screen pass that went 65 yards for a 34-6 advantage.

Anaheim moved the ball well on its first scoring drive, with Lopez, who passed for 163 yards, finding Jorge Diaz for a 47-yard gain to set up Kevin Montoya’s 21-yard scoring run. The Colonists added a late Lopez-to-Juan Guzman TD pass.

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