Oaks Christian holds off furious Warrior comeback bid – Daily News


By Ryan Posner
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MISSION HILLS — A ferocious fourth-quarter comeback from Alemany on Friday against Oaks Christian quickly brought back memories of the triple-overtime thriller played between the teams last season.
But Oaks Christian squashed any hopes of overtime this time around, stalling Alemany’s game-winning drive 38 yards short as the Lions came away with a 30-24 road victory in nonleague action Friday.
“I was scared those last couple minutes, I’m not going to lie,” said Lions sophomore quarterback Marco Siderman, who completed 19 of 22 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns. “Our defense came through huge for us at the end.”
Alemany brought the ball to Oaks Christian’s 27-yard line with just under 50 seconds to play, but a holding call backed things up. After a 2-yard loss from Alemany running back Jaylen Sargent, USC commit Bo Calvert helped put the game on ice with a sack of quarterback Tripp Mitchell.
“I just told my teammates to dig deep, we’ve got to be men at some point,” said Kayvon Thibodeaux, who contributed one of his three tackles for a loss during Alemany’s final drive.
Oaks Christian (3-1) jumped out to a 23-7 lead at halftime, thanks in part to a pair of touchdowns from Siderman. He found Bryce Farrell for an 80-yard score in the first quarter and Donovan Davis from 12 yards out just before the end of the first half.
Farrell ended the night with nine catches for 143 yards to go with the touchdown.
“We just had the timing down today,” Siderman said. “If we didn’t practice the way that we did and the line didn’t block the way they did today, we wouldn’t have had that success.”
Siderman’s final touchdown of the night was a 9-yard strike to Thibodeaux, but that was the last of the scoring for the Lions less than 4 minutes into the third quarter.
A field goal coupled with touchdowns from 6 and 2 yards out from Sargent, who had three rushing scores, paced Alemany’s comeback.
Alemany’s final drive started with a little over 2 minutes left on its own 28-yard line. Mitchell connected with Jacob Perez for a 31-yard pass to bring the team within striking range before Oaks Christian put the game away.
“We talk about fighting, we talk about finishing and we talk about competing,” Alemany coach James Washington said. “That was the message at halftime and I’m just so proud of our guys for coming back and fighting. Our defense played better, special teams played better, but we just came up short.”
Alemany (1-3) has now dropped three straight since a season-opening win while Oaks Christian pushed its winning streak to three games.

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