Errors hurt Lancers in a 42-13 home loss
|COVINA — Errors plagued Western Christian High School on Saturday night as the Lancers dropped a 42-13 nonleague decision to Linfield Christian at Charter Oak High.
The first series of plays set the tone for the Lancers.
Starting from their own 16, the Lancers (2-5) fumbled their first snap but recovered the football. Then, on the next play, a delay-of-game penalty pushed the ball back to the Western Christian 11.
After the Lancers punted from their end zone on fourth down, giving Linfield Christian excellent field position at the Western Christian 40, the Lions scored their first of five touchdowns in six plays when some sloppy tackling by the Lancers aided their cause.
Lancers coach Steve Loumagne was not happy with his team in the second quarter, challenging them to step up and make some plays.
But it didn’t happen for the Western Christian offense until late in the fourth quarter when quarterback Jordan Doolittle hooked up with wide receiver Luke Fernandez on a 40-yard scoring play with just 1:11 remaining.
The Lancers scored their first touchdown on defense in the first half when linebacker Jeff McGregor picked up a fumble and returned the ball 90 yards for the score.
“These two teams were evenly matched, but Linfield brought more intensity to the game,” Loumagne said afterward. “If we had played the entire game like we did on our final possession, the outcome would have been much different.
“We must regain this intensity as we enter league play.”
Senior Lancers linebacker Andrew Sparks, a two-way performer, was relentless with his play the entire game.
But the Lancers didn’t have enough individuals step up.
“When the opposing team starts most plays on your own 30-yard line, it makes it difficult to win,” Loumagne said.