Le Grand comes out swinging

slynch@mercedsunstar.comSeptember 14, 2013 

LIVINGSTON — Sometimes, said Chris Lacey, you get hit in the nose so hard and so fast that you just can't react.

His Livingston squad got a dose of that Friday night as Christian Williams took the first play from scrimmage and sprinted 84 yards for a touchdown.

It was just the beginning of a night of big plays night for Le Grand as it never let the Wolves off the ground in a convincing 35-0 victory.

"We preach the three phases of the game — offense, defense and special teams," Le Grand head coach Rick Martinez said. "Tonight we went out and executed in all three.

"You work hard all week trying to get prepared. It's a lot of fun when you see it all come together like it did tonight."

Following Williams' example on the game's first play, the Bulldogs (3-0) raced to a 21-0 lead after one quarter.

Ryan Martinez (16 carries for 146 yards and two touchdowns) carried the ball four times on LG's second series, picking up 45 yards and finishing with a 1-yard touchdown run to make it 13-0.

The Le Grand defense got involved a couple minutes later, with Isaiah Alarcon picking up a fumble and returning it 42 yards for a touchdown.

It was the first of two defensive scores for the Bulldogs on the night, and their fourth in three games. That's three more touchdowns than the defense has yielded on the year.

"We knew that the defense had what it takes to carry us at times," Alarcon said. "We've got a lot of experienced guys back and they are out there making plays.

"I thought we did a good job of shutting down their run game and making them pass. Our defensive backs had them pretty well shut down after that."

Martinez may have delivered the knockout blow with just over seven minutes to play in the half. The senior took a handoff to the right of the field and broke away for a 70-yard touchdown run.

"(Martinez) and (Williams) are as good as advertised," Lacey said. "They were just flat-out faster than us to the edge all night."

Livingston (1-2) threatened a couple of times in the second half, but the Le Grand defense would not yield.

Williams intercepted a pass deep in the end zone, found a wave of blockers, then returned the ball 108 yards for a score.

Le Grand hasn't been scored on in 11 quarters.

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