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Westminster goes unbeaten in Golden West
SANTA ANA – Admittedly, Westminster coach Ted McMillen was worried about his team's 1-4 start to the season. His Lions were not only losing, but losing big.
But despite being outscored 122-41 in the preseason, McMillen's Lions turned things around once Golden West League play began and rolled off five consecutive victories – including Friday's 56-30 rout over host Segerstrom – to win their first league championship since 2009.
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"Our defense was there, but we couldn't get anything together offensively," McMillen said of the preseason. "But looking back, those tough games really helped us prepare for league."
Westminster (6-4, 5-0) – ranked ninth in the CIF-SS Southern Division – dominated from start to finish Friday at Segerstrom High. A 21-point second quarter broke open a close game and silenced a spirited home crowd.
"They outhustled, outmuscled and out performed us tonight," said Jaguars coach Mike Maceranka.
The Jaguars (8-2, 3-2), ranked No. 4 in the Southern Division, were aiming for their fourth consecutive league title. Instead, they will be the No. 2 seed from the league heading into next week's playoffs.
"We didn't get to hang a banner, but we have to have a short memory and work on (winning a CIF title)," Maceranka added.
Lions quarterback Steven Anderson led the charge with a career-high six touchdown passes and two rushing scores. He finished 9 of 15 for 258 yards passing and rushed for an additional 76 yards.
His favorite target was tight end Myron Aiava, who only caught four passes, but all for touchdowns of 23, 14, 11 and 18 yards.
David Fludd added 125 yards rushing as Westminster totaled 515 yards.
Segerstrom's David Perkins, who entered the game as the tenth-leading rusher in Orange County, ran for 112 yards and two TDs. Running back Sonny Roa added a 35-yard touchdown run and a 70-yard scoring pass from QB Raymond Avalos.