LCA pushes back against 250-lb linemen in loss to Calvary Chapel Downey

Posted on 18. Sep, 2017 by in Christian school in Santa Monica, high school football, LCA News

SantaMonicaChristianSchoolBy Marcus Scribner, LCA sophomore —

Calvary Chapel Downey won the first half, but the Saints won the second half of Saturday’s football game.

Despite the 18-48 loss, the Lighthouse Christian Academy‘s 8-man football team left the game with their heads held high. Because they were smaller and had injured players, LCA was no match against the Division 1 team, but the Saints (Div. 2) had fought hard.

Scrawn lost to brawn.

“It was an uphill battle from the start,” said Saints assistant coach Lucas Moraida.

Lighthouse Christian Academy Santa MonicaThis was LCA’s second game of the season. If their first, the Christian school from Santa Monica lost 36-46 to Calvary Chapel LaVerne due to cramping.

Going into the game the saints were missing their starting quarterback Brandon Montes because of a concussion he got during practice.

Because of this coach Zach Scribner had to figure out a lot more plays and formations to adapt to the roster and had sophomore sensations Garrett Lahood and Levi Photenhauer take Brandon’s quarterback job.

SantaMonicaFootballCalvary Chapel scored their 48 points in the first half. But in the second half when Downey put in their second string, there was a huge change in momentum, and we scored 18 unanswered points.

Junior Justin Berry caught a 30-yard touchdown pass using his height to catch the ball over the defender.

Levi Photenhauer also caught a great 25-yard pass from Garrett Lahood where he outran a defender for a touchdown while also having a total of 70 yards on the ground where he used his speed to get to the outside.

ChristianSportsLAHighSchoolGarrett Lahood ran for a 20-yard touchdown on a sweep weaving through defenders to get the six points towards the end of the game. He also rushed for 50 yards and got 20 passing yards

Defensively we were no match for Calvary Chapel’s 250 lb linemen, fast receivers and quick tail backs who were all experienced players, but we did have some stops where we forced them to punt or turn the ball over on downs.

Sophomore Marcus Scribner ran over defenders, used his shiftiness to gain yards and made most of the tackles for the Saints.

Sophomore Hosea Ashcraft used his aggressiveness to break through the big linemen and forced two fumbles, one of which he recovered.

The Saints lost three ago to LaVerne. LCA was ahead for the first three quarters, but then Justin Berry and Brandon Montes cramped and LaVerne took the advantage of our substitutes.

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