ORANGE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREP EXTRA : Los Alamitos Shifts Gears to Cruise Past Pasadena Muir
After scoring two quick touchdowns in its first three plays, Los Alamitos’ high-powered offense sputtered and then shifted into cruise control to defeat Pasadena Muir, 43-13, Friday night at Pasadena City College.
The Griffins, top-ranked in Orange County and the Southern Section Division I, scored on their second play when Kevin Feterik completed a 73-yard pass play to Stan Guyness. Los Alamitos found itself in scoring position again three plays later when George Martin sacked Muir’s Steven Morse and forced a fumble that was recovered by the Griffins at the Muir five-yard line.
Los Alamitos needed only one play to add to its lead when Feterik scored on a quarterback sneak to give the Griffins a 15-0 lead with 8:29 remaining in the first quarter.
“They’re a real good team, with a solid quarterback and receivers,” said Muir senior Shaun Haslip. “But, I think we could have given them a better game if we had gotten off [to a better start].”
With running back Michael Graham suspended for the game for repeated lateness to practice earlier in the week, Muir (2-2) tried to make the game competitive but the Mustangs’ chances were hurt by three Los Alamitos interceptions in the first half.
Los Alamitos took a 22-0 lead midway into the second quarter on a one-yard run by Tony Austin after a Muir fumble at the Mustangs’ 19-yard line.
Muir got on the scoreboard late in the first half on a 59-yard halfback option pass-play from Michael Hughes to Deangelo Steward, and scored on its first possession of the second half on a two-yard run by Morse to cut the Griffins’ lead to 22-13.
That’s when Los Alamitos decided to get back to basics on offense, as the Griffins efficiently scored on their next two possessions on a two-yard run by Austin and a one-yard keeper by Feterik.
“I got kind of excited when they scored there because I like it when it’s a close game,” said Feterik, who completed 12 of 17 passes for 236 yards and one touchdown. “We did well, especially in the second half, but we still have a lot of room for improvement.”
Los Alamitos finished its scoring on a 56-yard touchdown run by Roy Roberts with two minutes left.