Le Grand football comes out swinging

First play is a TD against Livingston

slynch@mercedsunstar.comSeptember 13, 2013 

Le Grand beat Livingston 35-0 on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. (Sean Lynch/slynch@mercedsunstar.com)

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— Chris Lacey said sometimes you get hit in the nose so hard and fast you can't react to what just happened.

His Livingston squad got a dose of that on 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 big-play evening for Le Grand as it never let the Wolves up off of the ground in a convincing 35-0 road 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 out 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 it 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 shutdown 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 threatened a couple of times in the second half, but the Le Grand defense would not yield.

The Wolves (1-2) turned the ball over on downs at the Le Grand 11-yard line and then had a pass intercepted by Williams in the end zone on the very next series.

The junior dynamo shook a couple people and then found a wave of blockers down the right sideline as he returned the ball 108 yards for a score.

Le Grand now hasn't surrendered a point in 11 quarters and has outscored its opponents 120-6 on the season.

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