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Defense gets job done for Los Al

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Cunningham’s interception looked eerily similar. It came on the third play after halftime and after a 31-yard return, gave the Griffins the ball at the 2. Los Al junior running back Chris Soto punched it in on second down for a 2-yard TD. Soto starred for the Griffins’ offense with 103 yards on 26 carries, but Mason and the Griffins’ defense truly keyed the win. “The quarterback looked where he would throw,” Mason said. “So you could see that, and that helped. But our coaches did a really good job preparing us this week. They always had us in the right spots.” Mason, in particular, seemed always to be in the right spot. Another interception was in his hands in the first quarter, but he dropped it. In the third quarter, he had a 23-yard interception return for a TD brought back because of defensive holding. Finally, with 3:05 left, he came up with another huge play, recovering a fumble at the Locke 21. After that, Locke didn’t get the ball back. Los Alamitos’ Everett Mason had an interception for a touchdown, and another pick by Logan Cunningham keyed the Griffins’ 14-6 nonleague victory over Locke at Veterans Stadium. Mason’s 20-yard TD interception came less than three minutes into the game and set the tone for Los Al’s dominant defense. “I’m pleased because we got the win,” Mason said. “We played hard, and we got to tighten up, though. We let their quarterback scramble around too much.” Locke’s quick quarterback Torry Harkness had a lot to do with that. He finished with 83 yards on 12 carries, and he threw for 80 yards. Locke (2-1) repeatedly had lengthy drives that came up short. On the one that scored, Harkness threw to David McBride for a 7-yard TD with 2:04 left in the first half that brought Locke to within 7-6. Soto frequently came up with key first-down runs for the Griffins (3-0). He accounted for nine of Los Al’s first downs and helped put the game away by getting a first down on fourth-and-2 with 1:33 to play. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Los Alamitos High’s offense was far from spectacular on Friday night, but so what? The Griffins’ defense was spectacular and made up for it. last_img read more