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Los Alamitos Wins Clash Of Undefeateds

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Los Alamitos Wins Clash Of Undefeateds

Los Alamitos took down undefeated Servite in Southern California action over the weekend.

Senior inside center Dylan Ramirez scored four tries while tries were also scored by freshman wing Xzavier Nadeau-Perez, outside center Andrew Andrade, No. 8 Ken Sale, and flyhalf Gustavo Hernandez. 
Senior Simon Gerard converted six of those tries, and Elijah Tuialii converted one.

“This game was a well set challenge for both teams," said Los Alamitos Head Coach Dan Chase. "Servite and Los Al were both going into the match undefeated and playing for a spot in the playoffs. My warm-up speech was simple: 'gentlemen no-one is more proud of you then I am. Seniors this could be your last high school match, but it wont be. Everyone else this could be your last high school match for this year, but it wont be. you started as a rage tag bunch of guys now you are a team, cherish it.'"

The Servite players were very big and perhaps someone intimidating, but Los Al was able to use its speed to counter that. The Los Alamitos defenders were brave in stopping the Servite crash ball, and quick to go for the poach in the rucks.

With Servite putting more resources into the rucks, there was more space for the Los Alamitos runners, who also used the kick-and-chase to tire Servite out.

In addition, Los Alamitos moved prop Mavaeganailetai Roberts to center to force Servite defenders to send more players to tackle him. It worked.

"Through out the year we have stressed every thing most coaches tell players 'don't ever do.'" said Chase. "We practice the trick plays, practice no look passes, don't worry about out running your support, forwards kick the ball, even challenged players to come up with some of their plays. It's a a combined coaching style and it's about trusting players. It showed the most this game. As I was sick with the flu, I told the team captains take charge, and they did.”