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Prep Football : Rancho Alamitos Eliminated, 13-12

November 15, 1987|SCOTT JONES

Rancho Alamitos High School Coach Mark Miller has been extremely successful giving the ball to running back Sean Cheatham.

But the time he didn't will stay with the first-year Vaquero coach throughout the off-season as La Quinta defeated Rancho, 13-12 at Bolsa Grande Stadium Saturday night.

Trailing by a point with 8:40 left in the game after Cheatham's second touchdown run of the night, Miller elected to go for a two-point conversion. Instead of rushing Cheatham, Miller called a sweep for quarterback Rodney McCall, who was stopped short of the end zone.

"I should have gone with Cheatham," Miller said. "We were on a roll, but I thought Rodney could get around the end. I was wrong."

The loss eliminates the Vaqueros (6-4 overall, 3-4 in conference) from playoff contention. Santiago will represent the Garden Grove League in the Central Conference playoffs.

La Quinta (3-7, 3-4) scored first on a one-yard Tom Cherms run with 30 seconds to play in the first half.

The Vaqueros came back on their first drive of the second half when Cheatham scored on a 49-yard run. Despite playing with a stomach flu, the county's leading rusher and scoring, gained 211 yards in 28 carries.

Cheatham was stopped on the conversion attempt, however, making the score 7-6.

The Aztecs then went ahead, 13-6, when Jeff Anderson capped a 72-yard, 11 play drive with a 9-yard burst. Cheatham's six-yard touchdown run four minutes later gave the Vaqueros a chance.

After the missed conversion, La Quinta controlled the ball and ran out the clock.

In Olympic League action:

Orange Lutheran 24, Southern California Christian 20--Jason Neben rushed for 148 yards in 21 carries, including the game-winning touchdown with 1:51 left in the third quarter. Orange Lutheran is 5-5 overall, 3-2 in league play. Eric Norwood rushed for 201 yards and 2 touchdowns in 27 carries.

In Eight-man (Small Division) playoffs:

California Lutheran 25, Victor Valley Christian 0--Quarterback Matt Manke completed 13 of 23 passes for 151 yards and 2 touchdowns for the C-Hawks (7-2) at California Lutheran. Brian Guthmiller rushed for 108 yards in 18 carries. Linebacker Curt Sacks had 17 tackles and 2 sacks for the C-Hawks, who play Coast Christian next week.

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