Los Alamitos showed some mettle, overcoming a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Covina Charter Oak. Winning in the manner it did gave the Griffins their most impressive victory since beating Edison, 26-21, in the final Sunset League game of the 2010 season.
Score: Los Alamitos 27, Charter Oak 24
Key Stats: Dashawn Gordon caught 10 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns, of 27 yards in the first quarter and 28 yards in the fourth.
Pivotal Moment: Two touchdowns in the fourth quarter had given Los Alamitos a 21-17 lead, but it was still anyone’s game. That changed when DeMonte King recovered a fumble and took it 52 yards for a touchdown. The PAT was blocked but the Griffins had a 10-point lead and the game was in the hands of their defense, which is the team’s strength.
Records: Los Alamitos (2-0), Charter Oak (0-2)Notes: Los Alamitos has scored 27 points in each of its first two games. … It scored 20 in the fourth quarter, the first seven coming on Kendall Brownlow’s 3-yard carry to pull to 17-14. … Nick Wendell completed 15 of 26 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns, with Gordon catching 10 of the 15 completions. … Gordon has four TD receptions in two games, and 16 receptions for 281 yards in victories over Paramount and Charter Oak. … Wendell has yet to throw an interception. … The game pitted two of California’s winningest coaches against each other, Los Alamitos’ John Barnes (now with 303 victories) and Charter Oak’s Lou Farrar (289). … Los Alamitos next plays Canyon (1-2) at El Modena. Canyon is coached by former Orange Lutheran coach Jim Kunau.