Westminster makes big stop at the end, knocks off Garden Grove – Orange County Register

By DALE RUHE, Correspondent

WESTMINSTER – A late-game charge by Garden Grove ended with an incomplete pass in the end zone, as Westminster held on to down the Argonauts, 21-17, in a nonleague game Friday at Westminster High.

Jacob Zazzueta took Garden Grove (1-1), ranked 25th in Orange County, from his own 19-yard line to within 3 yards of the end zone in the final three-and-a-half minutes after holding Westminster on fourth down.

Zazzueta converted on a fourth-down play with a 23-yard run, then broke off runs of 11 and 18 yards to reach the Lions’ 3.

On the game’s final play, Zazzueta threw into the end zone, only to have the ball deflect off a Lions defender’s helmet, allowing Westminster to celebrate a victory in its season opener.

Garden Grove struggled through most of the game after posting a 14-8 lead in the first quarter on touchdown runs of 14 and 67 yards by senior running back Dominik Sanchez. He did not play again after scoring his second touchdown. He was held out as a precaution for possible mild concussion.

Following Garden Grove’s opening score, Westminster responded with a 65-yard, nine-play drive that was capped by a quarterback sneak by Noah Melbon, who added a two-point conversion pass Malachi Mesa.

Garden Grove maintained a six-point lead until 2:34 remained in the first half. Westminster, ranked seventh in this week’s CIF-SS Division 11 poll, put together another impressive drive, this one lasting 78 yards over 10 plays and five minutes. Jacob McGookin raced the final 4 yards as the Lions regained the lead, 15-14, going into intermission.

Opening the second half, the Argonauts were given a golden opportunity to reach the end zone again. Melbon fumbled on the first play of the half, with James Ownby recovering at the Lions’ 27-yard line.

Garden Grove settled for a field goal, good for 25 yards out by Elian Arreola, with 8:15 left in the third period.

As the Lions did previously, they responded to an Argonaut score with a lengthy march, After 75 yards were covered in 10 plays and another three-and-a-half minutes were erased off the clock, Melbon provided what would be the winning touchdown on a quarterback sneak with 1:07 left in the third period.

Melbon completed 10 of 21 passes for 162 yards, while Dennis Ly led the ground attack for the Lions with eight carries for 72 yards.

Garden Grove compiled 312 yards on offense, with Sanchez posting 142 yards on just four carries.

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