The Los Amigos Excessive soccer staff had just one path to finish its playoff drought final season, and that was by choosing up three wins within the Backyard Grove League.
4 wins throughout the nonleague schedule this season have supplied extra prospects for the Lobos, though their coach, Romel Guess, said after the league opener that the mission stays unchanged.
Los Amigos will look to make good on that objective in its closing 4 video games, because the Lobos took a 17-7 loss to defending league champion Rancho Alamitos on Thursday at Bolsa Grande Excessive.
Self-inflicted setbacks had been the undoing of the Lobos towards the Vaqueros, Guess stated. Los Amigos (4-2) managed simply 189 yards of complete offense. The Lobos additionally punted thrice following three-and-out collection and had a turnover on downs following a fumble restoration on their first 4 possessions of the second half.
The offensive struggles took their toll, as a protection that had largely held Rancho Alamitos’ working recreation in verify allowed the Vaqueros to go 87 yards on a 10-play drive to start out the fourth quarter. The possession, which featured just one passing play, ended with a 6-yard landing by Angel Diaz, offering separation for Rancho Alamitos within the type of a 17-7 lead.
Diaz discovered extra success the following time the Vaqueros had the ball, ending his evening with a 39-yard run that allowed him to surpass the century mark on the bottom. He had 22 carries for 105 dashing yards and a landing. Diaz added two catches for 25 yards, and he had a 34-yard subject objective with 11 seconds left within the first half.
“Clearly, it feels unhealthy to not be getting these yards,” stated Diaz, who had not achieved constructive yardage till his fifth carry. “Our coaches maintain giving us that mentality to ‘maintain going, maintain pushing, and it’s going to come back,’ and also you noticed within the second half, it occurred.”
The sphere objective, which despatched Rancho Alamitos into the break with a 10-7 benefit, resulted from an prolonged drive after the Lobos had been referred to as for roughing the kicker on a damaged play. The Vaqueros had been in punt formation when the ball was snapped over the punter’s head. The punter retrieved the ball and went right into a kicking movement when the pursuit caught up with him because the ball was kicked away.
“That was an enormous play, a momentum-swinger, for positive,” Guess stated. “I additionally thought the ball was tipped, which ought to have negated the roughing the punter. I’m no official, and I’ve obtained lots of respect for these guys, however I positively thought the decision was missed there.
“If the ball was tipped, it shouldn’t have been a roughing the punter. If that’s not referred to as, we take over with actually good subject place. As a substitute, they swing subject place, get the sector objective, and as an alternative of 7-7 or us even being up on the half, we go in trailing.”
Rancho Alamitos (6-0) scored on the second play from scrimmage, as Carlos Acosta was capable of break away after receiving a swing move to the left sideline from Chris Hurley. Acosta sprinted previous his teammates to the north finish zone for a 76-yard landing.
Erubey Bermudez, who had a robust first half with 4 catches for 48 yards, was the goal on a 6-yard landing toss from Maysen Navarro, as Los Amigos tied the rating at 7-7 with 4 minutes to go within the second quarter.
After narrowly escaping towards Ocean View 19-18 the week prior, Rancho Alamitos coach Mike Enright stated his staff went via a “robust week” of observe.
“Once I imply robust week, I used to be on them laborious, as a result of that final week’s efficiency was not acceptable,” stated Enright, who has coached at Rancho Alamitos for 23 years. “We obtained an ordinary we’re attempting to stay to, and we knew the winner tonight can be in first place.
“We knew Los [Amigos], they had been going to be robust. They’re robust yearly. The Los [Amigos] recreation, it doesn’t matter what … it’s only a royal battle each time.”
Adrian Ramirez had an interception, and Nico Campos and Mauricio Rios every recorded a sack for the Los Amigos protection.
Up subsequent for Los Amigos is a house recreation towards Loara, which received the CIF Southern Part Division 14 title final season, on Oct. 7.
“We’re positively excited for these subsequent 4 video games,” Guess stated. “Whenever you get to .500, you’ve got hope for the at-large, however we’re not attempting to hold our hat on that, for positive. We want three wins to make sure our spot, and that’s positively the plan to get these sooner reasonably than later.”
Backyard Grove League
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Los Amigos 0 – 7 – 0 – 0 — 7
Rancho Alamitos 7 – 3 – 0 – 7 — 17
RA — Acosta 76 move from Hurley (Diaz kick), 11:03.
LA — Bermudez 6 move from Navarro (Bermudez kick), 4:21.
RA — Diaz 34 FG, 0:11.
RA — Diaz 6 run (Diaz kick), 8:11.
LA — Navarro, 10-39; Hernandez, 10-36.
RA — Diaz, 22-105, 1 TD.
LA — Navarro, 13-22, 114, 1 TD.
RA — Hurley, 12-22-1, 183, 1 TD.
LA — Bermudez, 5-69, 1 TD.
RA — Acosta, 2-85, 1 TD.
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