Sunny Hills rules out Brea Olinda, celebrates new coach’s first win
Sunny Hills’ Johnny Ramirez dives for the end zone, scoring his team’s first touchdown of the night. (Photos courtesy of Jim McCormack, for OC Sports Zone).
Larry Alvarez II had a nickname before he even started a game for Sunny Hills and by the time he finished leading the Lancers to their first win of the season Friday night, 16-0 over Brea Olinda, he had two.
“We call him Larry Dimes,” David Wilde said after the Lancers (1-2) handed him his first win as Sunny Hills head coach.
He earned this nickname from former Lancers coach Pete Karavedas playing on the JV team last year. As a defensive lineman he intercepted a pass and scored a TD and as a quarterback he threw two touchdown passes, which Karavedas dubbed “a dime”.
But when Alvarez avoided giving the ball to others while running Sunny Hills’ double-wing offense and took off for himself a few big runs, his teammates started calling him “Larry Carries.”
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The majority of Alvarez’s opportune runs came on the Lancers’ second successful drive of the night, an 80-yard long drive that ended with Nathaniel Lee’s three-yard run and a 16-0 lead with five. minutes to play.
Brea Olinda’s young side, who had several missed chances earlier in the game, responded with their own strong will, driving deep into Sunny Hills territory before an errant cross slipped past the Wildcat quarterback Cullen Doyle and was picked up by Sunny. Irons Connor of Hills.
The loss was the first in three games for the young Wildcats team.
Sunny Hills scored in the first quarter, needing to go just 32 yards after Cole Dunkleberger intercepted a pass from Brea. Johnny Ramirez dove into the end zone from five yards out.
If anyone else on the Lancers team deserved a nickname, it might be kicker Matthias Brown, aka “Big Foot.” Rally problems and an untimely penalty cost the Lancers two kicking chances, a field goal and an extra point.
But Brown, who was CIF Division III Player of the Year in the spring after leading the Lancers to a CIF football title, threw a PAT and field goal for 36 yards. More importantly, his kickoffs and punts put the Wildcats at a disadvantage when it came to home court possession all night.
This week: Sunny Hills hosts La Mirada (1-3) Friday night at Buena Park High School. Brea Olinda plays for another Freeway League team, Fullerton, also on Friday.
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—Story courtesy of Jim McCormack for OC Sports Zone