By Tim Peterson
(Whittier)- La Serna went on a 27-0 fourth quarter run to beat Orange Vista 49-32 Friday night in the Division 2-AA State Regional Bowl at California High School.
The Lancers trailed 32-22 early in the fourth quarter when Dionte West caught a pass from Khalil Abdul-Aziz and raced 43 yards for a touchdown for Orange Vista. There was still 11:18 left on the clock and La Serna used less than half that time to take the lead.
They went on a blitz that knocked the Coyotes out. La Serna used just four plays to go 58 yards with CJ Ceron hitting Jayden Northrup on a 13-yard touchdown pass to make it 32-29.
The Lancers then recovered an onside kick and were in business again at the Orange Vista 22. Four plays later Adrian Castro scored on a three-yard run and La Serna was up 36-32 with 6:59 left.
Orange Vista was then stopped on fourth down and after Ceron busted off an 82-yard sprint Owen Long found paydirt on a seven-yard jaunt and just like that it was 43-32 with 3:09 left.
Long then picked off Orange Vista quarterback Aziz with 1:45 left. While the Lancers were trying to run out the clock Ceron instead got loose for a 69-yard touchdown run as he weaved his way through the Orange Vista defense. A 10-point deficit was suddenly a 17-point La Serna rout.
Orange Vista and La Serna traded scores in the first quarter as Sire Gaines scored for the Coyotes on a six-yard run and and Zeb Bontemps (cool name) caught a 23-yard TD pass from Ceron. A missed extra point left the Lancers up 7-6.
Orange Vista scored twice in the second on an eight-yard pass from Aziz to Lese Magalei and an 11-yard run by Gaines. The Coyotes were up 19-7 at the half.
In the third quarter Eli Perez scooped up a fumble and went five yards for a score and Long scored on a 10-yard scamper to put the Lancers back up 22-19.
West hauled in a 42-yard pass from Aziz with 1:22 left in the third as the Coyotes regained the lead at 26-22. West then had the 43-yard catch and run early in the fourth for a 32-22 lead. But it was all La Serna from there. 27 points later it was over.
Ceron had a big night to lead the charge. He ran for 192 yards and a touchdown on eight carries and threw for 161 and a pair of touchdowns. Long, after a slow start, ran for 58 yards and two touchdowns and had three receptions for 28 yards.
West had six catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns for Orange Vista. The Coyotes finished the season at 11-4.
La Serna, now 12-3, moves on the State Finals.