HUNTINGTON BEACH >> Los Alamitos quarterback Malachi Nelson has entered the record books.
Nelson led Los Alamitos to a 49-14 road victory over Sunset League foe Huntington Beach on Friday.
The junior quarterback completed 12 of 19 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns. In doing so, he broke Los Alamitos’ school record for most career touchdown passes at 60.
The previous mark of 58 was set by Kevin Feterik during his time at Los Alamitos from 1993 to 1995.
Nelson kept his thoughts on the success of the team.
âIt feels good,â Nelson said. âI didn’t even know it. It’s a validating feeling to come here and get a win. We struggled in the first half, on both sides of the ball. I don’t think these guys should score against us.
Makai Lemon, who has known Nelson since childhood, caught all three of the quarterback’s touchdown passes and totaled seven receptions for 119 total yards. He also intercepted Huntington Beach quarterback AJ Perez twice.
âIt’s really a blessing to break this record,â said Lemon. âFor me, doing this for him is amazing. I’m just trying to go out there and help in any way I can.
It looked like Huntington Beach had stifled Los Alamitos’ first practice, but a brutal passer penalty on third and 11 gave the Griffins a first try. Then Nelson hit Lemon for a 13-yard touchdown connection to tie the record and give Los Alamitos (8-1, 4-0) a 7-0 lead.
Two rushing touchdowns from Nygel Osborne and one from Deandre Moore Jr. helped Los Alamitos extend their lead to 28-0
Nelson’s record came with 3:29 left in the first half. On the first down, Nelson caught Lemon on the flat and Lemon did the rest, smashing two tackles and entering the end zone for a 61-yard touchdown.
Los Alamitos coach Ray Fenton enjoyed seeing Nelson and Lemon make history.
âThey’ve had great quarterbacks here,â Fenton said. âIt’s a real record. Having a kid like our guy breaking up with his best friend is pretty special. “
Huntington Beach (4-5, 1-3) found the scoreboard in the dying minutes of the first half when Perez hit Jordan Castro for a 25-yard touchdown pass, slashing Los Alamitos’ lead. at 35-7.
Perez completed 13 of 34 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns. He threw three interceptions.
Los Alamitos benefited from another touchdown from Nelson at Lemon and an interception return from Isaiah Dorsey from 47 yards for a 49-7 lead early in the fourth quarter.
The Oilers had the longest attacking play of the game midway through the fourth quarter. On the third down, Perez searched deeply for a wide-open Tyler Moses, who caught the ball in midfield near the Huntington Beach sideline and ran to the end zone for an 84-yard touchdown pass and the final score of the match.
Nelson has another school record handy. Jimmy Barnes holds Los Alamitos’ record for touchdown passes in a season with 37. Nelson has 31 this season and has at least two games to go, as the Griffins face Newport Harbor in their season finale. regular next week, then start the CIF-SS playoffs.