Los Alamitos quarterback Mike Good, All-American Tim Carey’s heir apparent, completed eight of his first nine passes, including two for touchdowns, to lead the Griffins’ to a 37-0 rout of Long Beach Jordan in front of an estimated 2,700 at Gahr High.
Afterward, Good tried to convince reporters he was nervous and that the offense was out of sync.
“I was more excited than anything,” said Good, who finished 13 of 20 for 172 yards and three touchdowns for the Griffins, the defending Southern Section Division II champions. “I couldn’t wait to get started. I couldn’t sleep at all last night.”
”. . . We were a little shaky. We’ll get better. We’ll grow on it. It’s going to take a little aging.”
If Los Alamitos’ offense ages any more, it will look better than the Rams’. The senior had more success than Jim Everett has had this season. Even Carey would have been hard-pressed to match his accuracy.
With All-State receiver George Sagen now at Morehead State, Good’s main target became junior Brad Melsby, an All-Empire League receiver last year. Melsby’s favorite pattern quickly became the slant as the 6-foot-2 receiver toyed with the smaller Jordan secondary.
Melsby caught slant passes of 23, nine and 19 yards on the Griffins’ opening drive, the last one for a touchdown. Melsby, who had eight catches for 92 yards and three touchdowns, scored again two plays later on an 11-yard fade pass from Good. Mike Spinelli’s recovery of Lajuan Gibbons’ fumble set up the score.
Good and Melsby rested in the second quarter as the running game kicked into gear. Senior Enrique Bozman, a transfer from Bellflower, rushed for 153 yards in 16 carries. He broke four tackles on a 16-yard touchdown run and he went untouched on an 86-yard touchdown run.