Lopez, Segerstrom defense make it a long night for Godinez


SANTA ANA – Angel Lopez rushed for a season-high 224 yards and one touchdown, and Segerstrom’s defense turned in yet another stellar performance to lead the Jaguars to a 21-7 victory over Godinez on Friday, Sept. 15, in a nonleague game at Santa Ana Valley High.

In Segerstrom’s three victories this season, the Jaguars have allowed just seven points. Their first two wins were shutout victories over Santa Monica, 39-0, and Saddleback, 38-0.

“Those guys beat our offense up throughout the week (during practice), and it carries over into the game,” said Jaguars coach Joe Tagaloa. “They play with a chip on their shoulder. They really fly around to the ball.”

For the first 24 minutes, Godinez (1-2) – ranked No. 3 in the CIF-Southern Section Division 12 poll – matched Segerstrom’s intensity on defense, as both teams headed into the locker room at halftime scoreless.

Segerstrom (3-1) – ranked No. 10 in Division 11 poll – struck first offensively on its first drive of the second half, marching 61 yards on 14 plays before scoring on an 18-yard run by Keith Morales. The extra point failed.

It didn’t take nearly as long to score on its next possession, as Lopez took the second play of the drive to the end zone on an 81-yard touchdown run.

Segerstrom quarterback Sagel Simon, a transfer from Tustin, converted the ensuing 2-point conversion with a run up the middle to give the Jaguars a 14-0 lead.

Godinez finally got its offense on track early in the fourth quarter, but turned the ball over on a fumbled handoff inside Segerstrom’s 10-yard line with 8:18 left in the game.

After a 3-and-out, Godinez took over on the Segerstrom 30 and scored two plays later on an Eddie Bravo 25-yard reception in the back of the end zone from quarterback Jesse Cendejas with 5:32 left.

Segerstrom then put the game in Lopez’s hands. The senior, who moved over to the fullback position for this game following an injury to Bui Hiep, ran the ball six consecutive times – the last on a 29-yard run to the Godinez 5-yard line. Simon then finished the drive with a 5-yard run up the middle to complete the scoring with 2:00 left.

“Angel was basically our offense in the fourth quarter,” said Tagaloa. “I put it on his shoulders and he came through.”



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