By Duane Barker
(Ontario) With the warm smell of livestock rising up through the air, the La Serna Lancers rode into Ontario Friday night to take on the Colony Titans. Andrew Henriquez’s third touchdown pass of the night to Abraham Shalash help to lift the Lancers past the Titans 37-30.
With the game tied at 30 with 9:20 left to play, La Serna went on a 16-play 60 yard scoring drive that ate up over six minutes in the final frame. Henriquez found Shalash from 3-yards away to cap the drive. Chandler McCaffer booted through the extra point for the seven point lead. A lead the Lancers wouldn’t relinquish.
Colony got on the board first taking their opening drive 75-yards on six plays with Joseph Tesimale finding Christian Hill in the endzone from 28-yards away. The Titans lined up for a two-point conversion but were turned away by the Lancer defense. It would be a familiar sight on the night as Colony failed to convert on all five two-point conversions.
La Serna answered the score with one of their own using a 10-plays to go 75 yards with Henriquez connecting with Shalash on their first touchdown of the night. With McCaffer’s extra point the Lancers took the 7-6 lead.
Colony took the lead right back on the ensuing possesion when Elijah Monroe got loose and went 52-yards to paydirt.
The Lancers took a two score lead on back-to-back touchdowns by Shalash on a 27-yard pass from Henriquez and a seven yard run by Nikolas Otero. La Serna went for two after each touchdown and were succesful to push the lead to 23-12 with 9:52 left in the first half.
La Serna extended their lead to 30-12 three minutes later on a six yard run by Otero. Otero finished the night with 110-yards on 17 carries and the two scores.
Colony came back with two touchdowns of their own on runs of 46 and 40 yards by Tesimale and Monroe respectively and the Titans trailed by just six heading into the lockerooms at the half.
The third quarter was fairly uneventful as neither team gained enough traction to get into the endzone.
With 9:20 left to play, the Titans manged to tie the score at 30 when Monroe got his third score on a 1-yard run. Monore had a solid effort for Colony gaining 218 yards on 24 carries with the three scores.
On the ensuing drive with the score tied, La Serna went on their 16 play march to glory.
Colony did get the ball back with just under three minutes to play but on fourth and seven from the Lancer 47, Tesimales pass fell incomplete and La Serna ran out the clock.
Henriquez was efficient on the night hitting on 13 of 16 passes for 149 yards and 3 td’s. His favorite target was Shalash who hauled in 5 for 53 yards and all three td’s.