Los Amigos' offense ensures playoff spot
GARDEN GROVE - The offensive combination of Jerry Saldivar, Noe Perez and Anthony Magana propelled Los Amigos to a 48-12 Garden Grove League victory over La Quinta and a Southern Division playoff berth Friday night at Bolsa Grande High.
Saldivar, who went into the game leading the county in rushing, ran for 266 yards and three touchdowns for the Lobos. He finished the regular season with 1,899 yards.
A quick start was what Los Amigos coach Carl Agnew was looking for, and that’s what he got.
“We wanted to come out and get on top early,” he said. “(Whether it was) through the air or on the ground.”
The Lobos (7-3, 4-1) did both.
Magana put up the first two scores for Los Amigos, running in a quarterback keeper from the 1 and returning a punt 43 yards.
Saldivar then broke off a 72-yard touchdown run with 2:19 to play in the first quarter.
The Aztecs (4-6, 2-3) came back as Kevin Do raced up the middle 50 yards for a score late in the first quarter.
Two second-quarter touchdowns put the Lobos up, 34-6, at halftime. Magana and Perez connected on a 68-yard pass play to set up a 3-yard touchdown toss. Saldivar then ran 3 yards for his second touchdown.
Agnew wanted to make Saldivar the focal point on offense from Day One.
“Jerry has been our workhorse all season long,” he said. “I told him on the first day of practice that he would get 25-plus carries every night.”
Don Tran led La Quinta’s offense, throwing for 61 yards and rushing for 80, including a 14-yard touchdown scamper.
Magana and Saldivar both scored rushing touchdowns, Magana’s in the third quarter from 48 yards, and Saldivar’s from 1-yard out in the fourth.