Logan Gonzalez leads Orange Lutheran football to semi-final victory over Sierra Canyon – Daily News



Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe now.


WOODLAND HILLS – The San Fernando Valley had two teams on Friday night: Alemany and Sierra Canyon. If each team could win their respective semi-final match, it would produce a match that local high school football fans have wanted for years, especially since both schools are on Rinaldi Street.

Alemany held their end of the bargain, but the Sierra Canyon didn’t, as Orange Lutheran played the spoiler in a 42-40 win over the Trailblazers at Pierce College to advance to the Division 2 final in the South Section of the CIF.

The Lancers will move to face Alemany – a 56-30 winner over Inglewood – in the Championship game.

Orange Lutheran quarterback Logan Gonzalez was fantastic, throwing 329 yards and five touchdowns on 23 of 33 passes without interceptions.

“I really wanted to focus on keeping my balance tonight. No stress, ”Gonzalez said. “We were prepared and won. ”

  • Orange Lutheran quarterback Logan Gonzalez returns to pass against Sierra Canyon in the CIF South Section Division 2 semifinal game at Pierce College on Friday night. (Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Orange Lutheran’s Malik Blackmon scores a touchdown despite pressure from Sierra Canyon’s Khalil Peart in the CIF South Section Division 2 semi-final game at Pierce College on Friday night. (Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Jaylen Lynch cannot catch Orange Lutheran under pressure from Kamari Ramsey and D’shawn Jones jr. of Sierra Canyon in the CIF South Section Division 2 Semi-Final game at Pierce College on Friday night. (Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Jason Jones of Sierra Canyon scores a touchdown against Orange Lutheran in the CIF South Section Division 2 semifinal game at Pierce College on Friday night. (Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Jason Terry of Orange Lutheran carries the ball against Sierra Canyon in the CIF South Section Division 2 semifinal game at Pierce College on Friday night. (Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Sierra Canyon’s Jason Jones carries the ball as Xane Uipi of Orange Lutheran tries to drop it in the CIF South Section Division 2 semifinal match at Pierce College on Friday night. (Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Orange Lutheran’s Hayden Faraday vs. Sierra Canyon in the CIF South Section Semi-Final game at Pierce College on Friday night. (Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Sierra Canyon’s Daniel Duran returns to pass against Orange Lutheran in the CIF South Section Division 2 semifinal match at Pierce College on Friday night. (Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Orange Lutheran quarterback Logan Gonzalez throws a pass against Sierra Canyon in the CIF South Section Division 2 semifinal game at Pierce College on Friday night. (Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Desmin Jackson of Orange Lutheran carries the ball against Sierra Canyon in the CIF South Section Division 2 semi-final game at Pierce College on Friday night. (Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Orange Lutheran quarterback Logan Gonzalez returns to pass against Sierra Canyon in the CIF South Section Division 2 semifinal game at Pierce College on Friday night. (Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Jaylen Lynch cannot catch Orange Lutheran under pressure from Kamari Ramsey and D’shawn Jones jr. of Sierra Canyon in the CIF South Section Division 2 Semi-Final game at Pierce College on Friday night. (Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Sierra Canyon’s Jason Jones runs the ball against Orange Lutheran in the CIF Division 2 South Section semi-final game at Pierce College on Friday night. (Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Sierra Canyon’s Jason Jones carries the ball as Xane Uipi of Orange Lutheran tries to drop it in the CIF South Section Division 2 semifinal match at Pierce College on Friday night. (Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Gonzalez threw three touchdowns at Jaylen Lynch and two at Malik Blackmon. Orange Lutheran (9-4) is no stranger to tough games, especially coming from the Trinity League, and Gonzalez felt it really helped him on Friday night.

“The level of play compared to the Trinity League is different,” he said. “Everything is slowing down. Sierra Canyon are a great team, hands down the best team we’ve faced in the playoffs.

The Lancers beat Simi Valley (49-13) and Corona del Mar (38-14) in the playoffs before edging out the Trailblazers.

Sierra Canyon’s Jason Jones ran for 195 yards and his team’s five touchdowns, bringing his playoff total to 15 touchdowns.

The Trailblazers were down, 35-27, but driving late in the third quarter when wide receiver Darryl West’s 30-yard reception resulted in a controversial fumble. Orange Lutheran recovered and drove onto the field to score a touchdown with 9:40 left to make it 42-27.

“It was a questionable call that certainly gave (Orange Lutheran) some momentum,” said Sierra Canyon coach Jon Ellinghouse.

Jones scored his fifth touchdown with 5:58 left to make it 42-33 and Sierra Canyon scored again with less than 20 seconds left to set up an offensive kick, but it was recovered by Hayden Faraday to seal the match.

“We came with respect for Orange Lutheran. We watched a movie about them playing against some of the best teams in the country, ”Ellinghouse said. “They are battle proven and a very well trained team.”

Previous Yale-Harvard Football Rivalry returns to Yale Bowl on Saturday - NBC Connecticut
Next Road safety measures sought on Connecticut Avenue in Montgomery Co. - NBC4 Washington