Another game for the Los Alamitos football team, another major statement from one of the finest-tuned offenses you're likely to see on a high school football field.
It wasn't perfection, mind you, but almost everything went right for the Griffins in a 56-0 victory over Lakewood Thursday night at Gahr High.
Quarterback Tim Carey completed 13 of 17 passes for 241 yards and three touchdowns. Wide receiver George Sagen caught six of Carey's passes for 109 yards and three touchdowns as the Griffins' run-and-shoot was overpowering.
And to think, the Lancers came into the game with a 4-0 record, were ranked seventh in the Southern Section Division I and were coming off a great defensive victory over Artesia and standout quarterback Aaron Flowers.
"Flowers was hit just about every time he dropped back," said Carey, who studied the Lakewood-Artesia game film. "Our line gave me great protection. I think that was the big difference tonight. I had lots of time to throw."
It made the pickings easy for Carey, who has led Los Alamitos, second-ranked in the the section's Division II and in Orange County, to a 5-0 record.
Efficient was the best word to describe Los Alamitos' victory Thursday. Carey averaged 14.1 yards per attempt, and led Los Alamitos to scores on each of its first five drives. The Griffins scored on Nos. 6 and 7, too, but backup Mike Good led those drives. They didn't score on their eighth possession, but by then they were simply trying to run out the clock.
As if it wasn't enough to face Carey, Lakewood also had to contend with running backs Marchant Wright and Ben Ortega, who each ran for two touchdowns. Wright finished with 52 yards in 14 carries and Ortega had 55 yards in 10 carries.
The Griffins also scored on Dave Fraytet's one-yard return of a blocked punt by Ben Agold late in the game.
By then it was hard to remember that Los Alamitos had put the game away by halftime.
After the first 24 minutes, Carey had completed eight of 10 passes for 193 yards and touchdown passes of 17 and 28 yards to Sagen. Wright added a two-yard scoring run, and Los Alamitos was cruising, 21-0.
Lakewood quarterback David McRill completed 11 of 24 passes for 154 yards in the first half, but he only seemed to be able to land jabs against the Los Alamitos defense.
Lakewood drove deep into Los Alamitos territory twice in the second quarter, but twice came away empty.
First, Los Alamitos stopped Kris Belman's dive over the top on fourth down and one at the Griffin nine with 7:46 left in the half. Then, Los Alamitos trapped Ron Stewart for no gain on fourth and inches at the Griffin nine with eight seconds left.
Carey, in stark contrast to McRill, came up with one haymaker after another. The two touchdowns to Sagen were only the beginning.
"We're playing real well right now," Carey said. "There's still a little room for improvement."
That's has to be a scary thought for upcoming opponents.