Dec. 3, 2012
Mike Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org
The fifth time was the charm for the Nordhoff High School football program. After making it to the CIF – Southern Section finals in 1994, 1996, 1999, and 2007 and coming up short, the Rangers finally notched their first ever CIF title on the gridiron Saturday night by defeating a tough North Torrance team, 31-14.
The Rangers jumped out to an early 7-0 lead when Tayler Livingston went 62 yards for the score on the team’s first play from scrimmage. The Saxons would eventually tie the score at 7-7 and the two teams went into halftime tied at 7.
In the second half, the Rangers received the ball first and speedy senior Eric Lara took the opening kickoff 95 yards for the touchdown to give NHS a 14-7 advantage. Head coach Tony Henney said, “That play by Lara was the biggest play in the history of Nordhoff football.”
Nordhoff would score two more times in the third quarter to break the game open, one on a Tanner Workman pass to Lara and a 19-yard scoring run by Livingston. Sophomore kicker Cooper Garcia would cap the scoring with a fourth quarter field goal.
After the game, the Rangers were presented with their CIF championship trophy in front of a large group of Nordhoff fans that braved the wet weather to witness history. For more information, stats and quotes from Nordhoff’s historic night, see the OVN sports section.