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Orange Lutheran Football beats Serra with second-half comeback – Orange County Register

COSTA MESA – What a comeback.

Orange Lutheran rebounded from a 17-point deficit in the second half to beat Serra 27-26 in Friday’s season opener for both at Orange Coast College.

Lancers second quarterback TJ Lateef completed a 6-yard touchdown pass to senior running back Antonio Barrera with 36 seconds remaining to end the game 26-26. Dieter Kelly kicked the extra point to the 27:26 lead.

Three pass interference penalties against Serra helped Orange Lutheran win, starting at the 20-yard line with 4:32 remaining.

Serra, who held a 20-3 lead in the third quarter, advanced to his 38 in the final moments.

Both teams were 2021 CIF Southern Section champions. Orange Lutheran won the CIF-SS Division 2 Championship. Serra won the Division 3 title.

Serra plays Long Beach Poly next week on Friday, August 26 at Veterans Stadium.

Orange Lutheran, No. 5 in the Orange County Top 25, plays at the Upland next Friday. Upland defeated La Habra this week.

It was 7:3 at halftime.

Serra got the ball to start the second half. The Cavaliers’ first snap was a 47-yard run by Cincere Rhaney, who found a huge hole in the middle. He scored three games later on a similar run at center, this time for 27 yards. The extra point kick missed, so Serra took a 13:3 lead in the third quarter with 9:20 to go.

Rhaney’s second touchdown came less than two minutes later. Serra’s Fredrick Williams III recovering from a fumble at the Orange Lutheran 26. Rhaney scored in an 11-yard rush, the point after that was good and the Cavaliers held a 20-3 lead.

For the second time in the game, an apparent Orange Lutheran touchdown was nullified by an Orange Lutheran penalty. A Lateef touchdown pass to Deuce Frierson was reversed with a holding penalty. Orange Lutheran managed just three points on a 35-yard field goal by Kelly to make it 20-6.

The Lancers rally then accelerated. Lateef passed to Barrera for an 8-yard touchdown pass to reduce Serra’s lead to 20-13. Kelly’s kickoff was a doggie kick recovered by Orange Lutheran’s Keon Washington at Serra 26.

Orange Lutheran equalized 20-20 on a 5-yard touchdown run from Barerra and Kelly’s extra point kick.

Serra senior defensive lineman Jaggar Tavai handed Orange Lutheran second quarterback TJ Lateef the pass on the first play of the game for a 7-0 lead.

Orange Lutheran’s following two possessions ended in punts. The Lancers appeared to get a touchdown on their fourth possession, but Lateef’s 9-yard touchdown run was erased by an Orange Lutheran holding penalty. Two games later, Orange Lutheran scored their first-half points from a 30-yard field goal from Kelly to make it 7-3 with 10-55 remaining in the second quarter.

Orange Lutheran controlled field position competition. Serra’s first-half drives started at the Cavaliers’ 15, their 14, their 31, the 50, the Orange Lutheran 45, and the Serra 20.

https://www.ocregister.com/2022/08/19/orange-lutheran-football-beats-serra-with-second-half-comeback/ Orange Lutheran Football beats Serra with second-half comeback – Orange County Register

Dais Johnston

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