Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:59 PM by Bill Halter
Updated: Nov 24, 2012 12:00 AM
Lompoc's state best 32 game winning streak and the Braves season came to an end at the hands of Serra on Friday night. The team from Gardena won at Lompoc, 34-21. The Cavaliers advance to the Western Division championship game against Chaminade, the Braves finish 12-1.
Lompoc committed three first half turnovers and had four for the game. Serra opened the scoring after the Braves first turnover. Quarterback Jalen Greene threw a wide receiver screen to Adoree' Jackson who weaved through the Lompoc defense for a 22 yard touchdown. It was the first of three touchdown passes for Greene.
The Braves quickly answered as senior Nikko Hayes capped a scoring drive with a 30 yard touchdown run. Hayes had 114 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 19 carries. The rest of the team only managed 52 yards rushing as the Braves finished well below their 293 yard a game rushing average.
Serra scored the next 17 points and took a 24-7 lead to the half. The Cavaliers added a third quarter field goal to make it 27-7 before Lompoc senior Lavon Coleman scored from two yards out on fourth down. Coleman was held to 47 yards on 14 carries. The Serra lead was 27-14 going into the fourth quarter.
The Cavalaliers scored a touchdown early in the fourth quarter but a minute later the Braves responded with Hayes' second touchdown run to make it 34-21.
Senior Rafael Arellano intercepted a Greene pass to give the Braves the ball back with five minutes to play but the Braves fumbled it back to the Cavaliers. Lompoc got one more possession but wasn't able to cut into the lead.
For Lompoc head coach Andrew Jones it was his first loss in 11 C-I-F playoff games, "We made too many mistakes early against a very good football team and we just can't make those mistakes against these guys if we had any chance to win. But our guys showed some fight, we battled back but we didn't have enough time" said Jones.
Lompoc was in its first season playing in the Western Division after winning two straight championships in the Northwest Division.
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