By Jim Tortolano/Garden Grove Journal
Rain fell most of the day last Thursday and stopped just before game time at Garden Grove Stadium. But a flash flood of a different kind followed, one that appeared to break the local football season apart for just one team.
In what was a surprise to most observers, Garden Grove rolled up a 21-0 first quarter lead and went on to a convincing 56-14 win over Los Amigos. The victory put them alone atop the Garden Grove League race at 2-0 and gave the red-and-white the inside track to a league title.
Grove’s torrent of touchdowns against the Lobos was even more astonishing considering how Los Amigos hammered pre-season favorite Rancho Alamitos 38-0 in the GGL opener the week before.
So who would have expected such a result last week?
“I did,” said Willy Puga, coach of the Argonauts (5-2 overall, 2-0 in league). “We’re playing great football.”
A fair statement considering how Grove rolled past a good Los Amigos (4-3, 1-1) squad.
Sione Masoe scored three consecutive touchdowns in the second half, scoring on runs of 1, 15 and 7 yards. He finished with 77 yards rushing. C.J. Del Real scored twice, once on an 82-yard kickoff return. He ended up with 97 yards.
Argo quarterback Angel Martinez threw for 142 yards and two touchdowns, both to Josh Huff.
Los Amigos got its scores on a 66-yard pass from Anthony Magana to Neo Perez in the second quarter, and a 25-yard run by Jerry Saldivar.
Saldivar, who came into the game as the county’s second leading rusher, was held to 86 yards, much of that coming late in the game when the issue was already settled.
With the score 49-7 after three quarters, a running clock was employed.
The Argos held Saldivar and other Lobos in check with sure-handed tackling. Indeed, Grove showed impressive execution through the game, making few mistakes and capitalizing on whatever the Lobos gave them.
“This was the big one,” said Puga. “We’re going to play one game at a time, but all roads to the championship lead through Grove. We’re really clicking now, at just the right time.”
And perhaps into the playoffs as well. Grove, under Puga, won a CIF Southern Division title in 2010, and might be ready to create more stormy weather for opponents in the post-season.