Orange Lutheran hangs on for victory over Santa Margarita

Ahead of the Trinity League opener against Santa Margarita, Orange Lutheran coach Rod Sherman said he wanted his young team to show signs of growth, and the Lancers did just that.

With 17 seconds left, the Orange Lutheran defense was clinging to a two-point lead and Santa Margarita lined up for a two-point conversion to potentially even the score in the end zone to the floor.

The sideline celebration was underway as the young Lancers clinched a 28-26 win at Orange Coast College on Friday night.

The Lancers overcame a six-point deficit in the third quarter and scored 14 points in the 8:34 final, including two fourths and one conversions to put them in position to wrap up the win.

Antonio Barrera grabbed a two-yard touchdown in fourth and scored at 8:34 to give Orange Lutheran a 21-20 lead.

After an interception by Keon Washington, the Lancers added another touchdown on a 1-yard quarterback keeper on the fourth and a goal by TJ Lateef in the sophomore, giving the Lancers a 4-14 lead to a 28-20 lead . But Santa Margarita didn’t go away.

Potter used his arms and legs to engineer an 80-yard scoring drive that was crowned by a 5-yard touchdown pass to Emmett Mosely with 17 seconds left, but the Eagles couldn’t make the two-point conversion complete to send the game into overtime.

Potter came out with a throw on the first drive of the game as he completed all eight of his passes for 57 yards, culminating in a six-yard touchdown pass to Mosely. Orange Lutheran (5-1, 1-0) blocked the extra point attempt and the Eagles took a 6-0 lead at the 6:30 mark of the first quarter.

On the ensuing drive, Orange Lutheran benefited from Santa Margarita’s penalties for two pass disturbances, and on a crucial fourth and fifth game, Lateef connected with Barrera for a six-yard lead to earn first relegation. Barrera then hit the center on a 14-yard run to put the Lancers 7-6 ahead with four seconds remaining in the first game.

Santa Margarita (4-2, 0-1) quickly scored again to open the second quarter as Potter completed five passes in a row, including a beautiful 30-yard pass down the left touchline to a grazing Mosely, who tiptoed to the side of the end zone for a touchdown.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/highschool/story/2022-09-30/orange-lutheran-hangs-on-for-victory-over-santa-margarita Orange Lutheran hangs on for victory over Santa Margarita

Emma Bowman

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