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Saldivar carries Los Amigos past Rancho Alamitos
GARDEN GROVE - Jerry Saldivar rushed for 195 yards and two touchdowns to lead Los Amigos to a 38-0 victory over Rancho Alamitos on Friday night at Bolsa Grande High.
Rancho Alamitos (4-2, 0-1 league) came into the game as the preseason favorite to win the Garden Grove League title for the second year in a row.
The Lobos (4-2, 1-0) quickly established themselves as the new favorites with a dominating performance on defense and a ground attack that piled up 297 yards.
“Overall it was a great performance,” Los Amigos coach Carl Agnew said. “We were going to ride Jerry (Saldivar) all night. And he helped us out again.
“This win puts us in the driver’s seat for league. We have (Garden) Grove next week. We pull that one off, the last three teams we’ll have to beat.
“We knew we were going to run the gantlet to start the season opening up with Rancho and Grove. If we beat them, we have the inside track to a league title. We just have to finish.”
Saldivar, who came into the game fourth in the county in rushing yards, was held to just 61 in the first half. The senior compiled 134 yards in the second half, including a 45-yard touchdown run that gave the Lobos a commanding 24-0 lead in the third quarter.
“I told him from the beginning of the game it might not be there in the first half but just keep chugging,” Agnew said. “Don’t get frustrated, keep working hard, and it will be there. Sure enough he did it and was patient and did what he has done to everyone all season.”
The Los Amigos defense held the Vaqueros offense to just 48 total yards. The Lobos sacked Rancho Alamitos quarterback Matt Culbert three times and picked off two of his passes.
The shutout was the second consecutive for the Lobos. Last week Los Amigos defeated Ocean View, 42-0. The previous week the Lobos nearly pitched a shutout against Santa Ana before allowing a last-minute touchdown.
"The defense is starting to come around,” Agnew said. “We are starting to get healthy at the right time and the defense is just playing lights out.”