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Preview: Cabrillo at Lompoc

12/7/2011

The Cabrillo and Lompoc football teams are familiar foes. Lompoc is the reigning CIF-Southern Section Northwest Division champion and Los Padres League champion.

Cabrillo, which is located in the city of Lompoc, finished second to Lompoc in the Los Padres League, its only loss in league play coming against Lompoc on the last game of the season.

Lompoc beat Cabrillo, 47-7, in the Los Padres League finale. It was only the second loss of the season for Cabrillo (11-2) and snapped a five-game winning streak. Lompoc (14-0) capped an undefeated league season and secured the No. 1 seeding in the Northwest Division playoffs.

The two teams meet again in the Northwest Division championship game on Friday night at Lompoc High School.

Lompoc running back Lavon Coleman rushed for 176 yards and scored three touchdowns in the first meeting between the two teams. He also returned a punt for a touchdown against Cabrillo.

Coleman leads Lompoc in rushing with 1,688 yards and touchdowns with 23. Taylor Cornejo has complemented Coleman well in the backfield with 872 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns this season.

Ainuu Taua and Cornejo also scored touchdowns against Cabrillo in the Los Padres League finale.

Taua is a productive two-way player for Lompoc and leads the team with seven sacks.

Oscar Arellano has three interceptions to lead Lompoc.

Cabrillo is the No. 2 seed in the Northwest Division and made quite a turnaround after going 4-6 in 2010. Cabrillo went from being left out of the playoffs last year to the championship game this year.

But the first meeting of the season with Lompoc was not pretty. Lompoc was up 21-0 at halftime and Cabrillo scored only one touchdown, a 57-yard run by Marshal Larson.

Isaiah Montes led Cabrillo in rushing with 747 yards and scored 13 touchdowns in the first 10 games of the season. He also had three interceptions and returned one for a touchdown.

T.J. Babauta had 650 yards rushing and seven touchdowns. Jeff Aldridge gained 481 yards rushing and scored six touchdowns.

French Dan leads Cabrillo in interceptions with nine and returned one for a touchdown.

Lompoc has a 20-game winning streak and hasn’t lost since Oct. 29, 2010, to Templeton, 31-21.