Football: No. 16 Orange Lutheran 45, Tustin 6
September, 16, 2011
By Martin Henderson | ESPNLosAngeles.com
COSTA MESA -- Tustin is one of those teams that, for whatever reason, seems to have a history of giving Orange Lutheran trouble. There was the time in 2005 when Tustin scored a first-round upset against the second-ranked Lancers that wasn't even close.
And last year, Tustin scored another victory over the Pac-5 Division team while rushing for more than 450 yards.
But nothing like that was going to happen Friday. Jabari Wilson scored three touchdowns, quarterback Conner Sullivan was dead-on efficient and the defense shut down Tustin in a 45-6 nonleague victory for the No. 16 Lancers.
"I think they answered the bell," Coach Jim Kunau said of his 3-0 team. "Last year Tustin hammered us pretty good, and that was a big thing to us to come back and make sure that didn't happen again. ... It was important for us to come out and play physical and tough tonight."
The Lutheran defense faced last year's leading rusher in Orange County, Tyler Siudzinski, and the defense handled Siudzinski — mostly. Down 21-0, Siudzinski scored from 57 yards on a fourth-and-2 situation, which accounted for nearly half his 124 yards rushing on 20 carries. Tustin (1-2) finished with 138 yards rushing, 23 passing against a defense that sacked quarterback Quinton Roberson three times and recovered three fumbles, one at the OLu 3-yard line.
"We can play as a team and when we're united, the 91 of us, we can do anything, we can beat anyone," said Grant Gunnison, who had a sack and a fumble recovery. "We struggled a little bit with some penalties, but overall, we got it done."
Wilson carried five times for 112 yards and scored on runs of 2, 1 and 1 yards.
Sullivan completed 11 of 15 passes for 206 yards, and he also scored on a 16-yard carry. Lutheran rushed for about 226 yards before substituting in the fourth quarter with a running clock. Graeme Fraser and Demetrius Palmer scored on runs of 19 and 15 yards, respectively.
"All week we've been talking about how they had like 467 rushing yards last year, and it wouldn't happen again," Wilson said. "Our defense stepped up big time."
Willie Fletcher also had a sack and fumble recovery for Lutheran, which next week plays La Habra.