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Los Amigos football shows improvement by racing past Loara for ‘huge’ victory

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GARDEN GROVE — Los Amigos emphatically added its name Thursday to the list of improved Orange County football teams.

The Lobos emerged as a playoff contender in the balanced Garden Grove League by defeating Loara 34-14 at Garden Grove High.

Junior quarterback Maysen Navarro threw two touchdowns to sophomore wide receiver Adrian Ramirez and also rushed for a pair of scores to lead the Lobos (5-2, 1-1).

Los Amigos has notched its most victories since 2016, also the last time it reached the postseason.

“Huge win,” second-year Lobos coach Melo Guess said. “Our job is not done. We got high goals. … That loss (last week) to Rancho (Alamitos) hasn’t changed course for us. We’re still hoping for a league title. We’re still shooting for a CIF title.”

Los Amigos led 14-0 at halftime on the strength of two long scoring drives. The Lobos added another grueling scoring march in the second half before showing their quick-strike capabilities in the fourth quarter.

After the Lobos held Loara (3-4, 1-1) on a fourth-and-9 from its 19-yard line with 9:39 left in the final frame, the 5-foot-8, 185-pound Navarro scored on the next play on 19-yard QB draw up the middle as Los Amigos took a 27-7 lead.

Junior running back Pedro Hernandez added a 51-yard TD run for the Lobos with 1:34 remaining to cap the scoring.

Navarro completed 14 of 19 passes for 163 yards, including scores of 18 and 7 yards to Martinez. The three-year starter also rushed 15 times for 99 yards.

Hernandez ran for 111 yards on 18 carries.

“For us, that’s a huge bounce-back game,” said Navarro, whose team fell last week to reigning league champion Rancho Alamitos 17-7. “And first league win, too. That’s huge for us.”

Ramirez finished with four catches for 70 yards and also played cornerback.

Junior outside linebacker Rocco Rivera helped lead the Lobos’ defense with two sacks.

“We started building something last year and I knew we had something special,” Ramirez said of the Lobos’ 4-6 campaign last season.

Los Amigos heavily pressured quarterback Dre Sanchez, but the senior tossed a late touchdown to Jeremiah Adly and manged to rush for 44 yards.

The Lobos took their opening possession 83 yards to grab a 7-0 lead. Navarro capped the eight-play and nearly 5 minute drive by lofting an 18-yard touchdown pass down the middle to Ramirez on a slant. Miguel Radilla added the PAT.

Los Amigos closed the first half with an even longer drive to make it 14-0. The Lobos marched 91 yards on 12 plays for a 5-yard TD run by Navarro with 59 seconds left.

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