Garden Grove running back C.J. Del Real gets away from three Segerstrom defenders and runs into the end zone for a touchdown near the end of the first half.

Masoe leads Garden Grove past Segerstrom


GARDEN GROVE – In the game program, Garden Grove's Maze Masoe's name was not listed on the team roster page. But rest assured, he played, which proved unfortunate for Segerstrom.

Masoe rushed for a career-high four touchdowns in leading the Argonauts to a 49-21 victory over the Jaguars in a CIF-Southern Section Southern Division second-round game Friday night at Garden Grove High.

The triumph - its seventh in a row - advances Garden Grove (10-2) to the semifinals, where it will face Laguna Beach next Friday at home. Laguna Beach advanced by ousting Northwood Friday, 28-21.

The loss for the Jaguars (9-3) marked the fourth consecutive year they have been eliminated in the quarterfinals.

"(Garden Grove) just dominated us," Segerstrom coach Mike Maceranka said. "They are the most physical team in the division. I'll be surprised if they don't make it to the final."

Masoe was part of a three-prong rushing attack that combined for 251 rushing yards and five touchdowns. C.J. Del Real led the group with 121 yards and two touchdowns, while Masoe had 78, and his younger brother Sione added 52.

"They're our triple threats," Argonauts coach Willy Puga said. "They're so unselfish too. Whoever is hot, that's who we go with."

Garden Grove's defense was equally as impressive, limiting a Jaguars squad that averaged 40 points a game to just 254 total yards.

With the game tied at 7 in the second quarter, Garden Grove took over by scoring the next 28 points - 21 of which came on touchdown runs by Maze Masoe of 1, 1 and 12 yards.

The Argonauts' final score came on a fumble recovery in the end zone by Danny Ocampo after a bad snap that sailed over the head of Segerstrom punter Jacob Plascentia.

Segerstrom's David Perkins - the eighth-leading rusher in the county – ran for 96 yards and a touchdown, and also had a 60-yard scoring reception. He finished the season with 1,754 yards.

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