HUNTINGTON BEACH >> Los Alamitos quarterback Malachi Nelson has entered the record books.
Nelson led Los Alamitos to a 49-14 road victory over Sunset League foe Huntington Beach on Friday.
The junior quarterback completed 12 of 19 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns. In doing so, he broke the Los Alamitos school record for most career touchdown passes with 60.
The previous mark of 58 was set by Kevin Feterik during his time at Los Alamitos from 1993 to 1995.
Nelson has kept his thoughts on team success.
“It feels good,” Nelson said. “I didn’t even know that. It’s a validating feeling to come out here and get a win. We struggled in the first half, on both sides of the ball. I don’t think those guys should score on us.”
Makai Lemon, who has known Nelson since childhood, caught all three of the quarterback’s touchdown passes and totaled seven receptions for 119 yards overall. He also intercepted Huntington Beach quarterback AJ Perez twice.
“It’s truly a blessing to break that record,” Lemon said. “For me to do that for him, it’s amazing. I just try to go out there and help whatever way I can.”
It looked as if Huntington Beach had stifled Los Alamitos’ first drive, but a roughing the passer penalty on third-and-11 gave the Griffins a first down. Then Nelson hit Lemon for a 13-yard touchdown connection to tie the record and give Los Alamitos (8-1, 4-0) a 7-0 lead.
Two rushing touchdowns from Nygel Osborne and one from Deandre Moore Jr. helped Los Alamitos extend its lead to 28-0
Nelson’s record-breaker arrived with 3:29 remaining in the first half. On first down, Nelson connected with Lemon in the flat and Lemon did the rest, breaking two tackles and running into the end zone for a 61-yard touchdown.
Los Alamitos coach Ray Fenton enjoyed seeing Nelson and Lemon make history.
“They’ve had some great quarterbacks here,” Fenton said. “It’s a true record. To have a kid like our guy break it with his best friend is pretty special.”
Huntington Beach (4-5, 1-3) found the scoreboard in the waning minutes of the first half when Perez hit Jordan Castro for a 25-yard touchdown pass, cutting the Los Alamitos lead to 35-7.
Perez completed 13 of 34 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns. He threw three interceptions.
Los Alamitos benefited from another Nelson-to-Lemon touchdown and a 47-yard Isaiah Dorsey interception return for a 49-7 lead entering the fourth quarter. h2 data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag"">
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The Oilers notched the longest offensive play of the game midway through the fourth quarter. On third down, Perez looked deep for a wide-open Tyler Moses, who caught the ball at midfield near the Huntington Beach sideline and ran to the end zone for an 84-yard touchdown pass and the final score of the game.
Nelson has another school record within reach. Jimmy Barnes holds the Los Alamitos record for touchdown passes in a season with 37. Nelson has 31 this season and at least two games left, as the Griffins face Newport Harbor in their regular-season finale next week and then begin the CIF-SS playoffs.
Source : https://www.ocregister.com/2021/10/23/malachi-nelson-adds-his-name-to-record-book-in-los-alamitos-footballs-rout-of-huntington-beach/686