There was no stopping Ramses Hernandez in the City Section Division II championship game.
The Fairfax senior ran for 224 yards and four touchdowns in 31 carries as the Lions upset top-seeded Los Angeles at Cerritos College.
“I haven’t gotten any offers — they’ve been saying I’m too small and too slow,” Hernandez said. “I didn’t think we’d dominate as much as we did but I knew we’d come away with the win.”
Defensive back Kenny Allen intercepted three passes and Malik Carter had two sacks for the third-seeded Lions (8-6), who rebounded from a 1-4 start for their fourth City title and first since 2010.
After each team turned the ball over on downs twice in the first quarter, Hernandez scored from one foot away on fourth-and-goal to give Fairfax a 7-0 lead with 9:41 left in the first half. He added a 64-yard score to make it 14-0 just before halftime.
Hernandez returned the second-half kickoff 80 yards to the Romans’ 5-yard line, then Fairfax kicker Obed Hernandez made a 20-yard field goal to increase the Lions’ lead to 17-0.
LJ Shaw caught a 58-yard touchdown pass from Kaymen Cureton and to pull Los Angeles (12-1-1) within 17-8 with 4:29 left in the third quarter.
Hernandez scored from 11 yards out to increase Fairfax’s lead to 24-8 on the first play of the fourth quarter, but Berdale Robins returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown.
Hernandez clinched the victory on a 22-yard run with 1:05 left — giving him 2,826 yards and 33 rushing touchdowns this season.
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