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La Puente Loses to Azusa

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La Puente’s Erick Morales.

by Steven Mercado

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Baldwin Park

A pair of third quarter touchdowns by the Azusa Aztecs broke open a tie ball game and gave them a 27-20 victory over the La Puente Warriors on Thursday night at Citrus College.

Cameron Blackburn delivered the knockout blow in the third quarter stepping front of an Erick Morales pass and returning it down to the La Puente 25. Blackburn then busted off a run down to the two-yard line and three plays later Angel Maldonado punched it in to the end zone from one -yard out for a 27-13 Azusa lead.

La Puente quarterback Jacob Tovar was carted off the field and left in an ambulance with 7:09 left in the second quarter with a possible neck injury.

Morales replaced Tovar and completed 7 of 12 for 134 yards and the interception by Blackburn. Morales also scored on a three yard run in the fourth quarter for the last touchdown of the contest. Morales led the LP ground attack with 70 yards rushing.

The Warriors got on the board first on a 5-yard pass from Tovar to Julian Llantada with 9:23 left in the first quarter. The Warriors started the drive on the Aztec 39 after stopping Azusa on a fourth down fake punt. Henry Rodriguez booted two field goals for La Puente of 35 and 44 yards.

Blackburn had 17 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 27 yards to go along with the interception.

La Puente falls to 5-3 and will battle Workman, 3-5, at home.

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
La Puente Loses to Azusa