Antunez runs for 228 yards for Garden Grove
GARDEN GROVE – Jordan Antunez rushed for 228 yards and four touchdowns as Garden Grove defeated El Dorado, 56-6, in the first round of the CIF-SS Southern division playoffs Friday night at Garden Grove High.
The Argonauts had their way with El Dorado, which had one win over Canyon, and that was the result of a forfeit because of the use of an ineligible player.
Garden Grove plays Santa Ana Valley next week in the second round.
“It’s probably the best game we’ve played in the last five to six weeks,” Garden Grove Coach Ricardo Cepeda said about his team. “They wanted to remind everybody who we are. We’re the number one seed for a reason.”
The offensive line of Garden Grove (9-2) dominated and pushed El Dorado around all night, helping the offense compile 433 yards from scrimmage.
And the Argonauts’ stout defense held El Dorado (1-10) to just 194 yards.
El Dorado had few scoring opportunities but missed on one late in the second quarter, driving the ball down to the one yard line before being stopped inches from the goal line on fourth down.
Joseph Camarillo connected with wide receiver Adam Johnson for a one-handed, 17-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter, increasing the Argonauts’ lead to 28-0. Johnson caught three passes for 81 yards.
On one of his more impressive touchdown carries, Antunez sprinted past Golden Hawks defenders and reached the end zone on a 66-yard run near the end of first quarter to make it 21-0.
After completing consecutive passes of 57 and 32 yards, Camarillo ran 3 yards for the first touchdown of the game during the team’s opening possession.