Stea gives Los Alamitos big boost


LONG BEACH - For months, Los Alamitos coach John Barnes has been telling anyone who would listen how good he thinks cornerback James Stea is. It remained talk as Stea missed most of the past three games because of a broken foot.

Stea has healed, and Barnes was right.

The Griffins’ lone senior in the secondary had an early interception and a blocked punt to ignite Los Alamitos’ 48-7 blowout of Lynwood on Thursday night at Veterans Stadium.


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“He’s a playmaker,” Barnes said. “We flip-flopped him on their best guy. We need him badly.”

Stea’s two big plays set up two first-quarter touchdown runs by quarterback Cody Marshall. The No. 12 Griffins (3-1) kept running from there.

Running back Ricardo Molina, who missed the past two games because of an ankle injury, rushed 17 times for 167 yards. His 26-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave the Griffins a 20-0 lead.

Kendall Brownlow added a touchdown run in the quarter and Dejohn Ruffin ran for two more scores.

The Griffins finished with 287 rushing yards. Marshall ran for 40 yards and threw just eight times, completing five passes for 101 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown, thanks to a tremendous catch by Nick Helms. The Griffins defense held Lynwood (1-3) to 169 yards of offense.

“We got into a rhythm in the second half and it looked pretty good, kind of what we should look like,” Barnes said. “Next week it could be 25 passes. Whatever it takes to win. I think we’re still trying to find ourselves. We’re doing that little by little. I think we could be pretty good if we do.”

Los Alamitos will be host to Damien of La Verne next week.

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