Los Osos Edges Bishop Amat, 24-20

UCLA-committed quarterback Richard Brehaut, faced with a 4th-and-23 while trailing in the fourth quarter, connected on a touchdown pass to lift his Los Osos team over Bishop Amat and UCLA-committed cornerback Sheldon Price...

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Entering the night's matchup between Los Osos and Bishop Amat, most of the buzz surrounding the game had to do with the heavy UCLA presence for both squads. Los Osos Grizzlies quarterback Richard Brehaut was set to take on his future college teammate, defensive back Sheldon Price for the Lancers of Bishop Amat. Another UCLA commit for the Lancers, linebacker Isaiah Bowens, was not available to play due to a leg injury, but was patrolling the sidelines in support of his teammates.

By game's end, Brehaut showed why he is one of the top quarterbacks in the nation, leading his Grizzlies back from a fourth quarter deficit, culminated by an improbable fourth and twenty-three conversion, and getting Los Osos the victory in what was the season opener for both teams.

Entering the second quarter of play, the Lancers had a 7-3 lead and possession of the ball to go along with it. However, at the 10:23 mark, Lancer quarterback Nick Lenhart had his pass over the middle tipped and intercepted by Grizzlies defensive lineman Roy Delgado, to give Brehaut and the Los Osos offense possession of the ball with excellent field position.

After a broken up pass to open the drive, Brehaut showed off his athleticism and running ability by rolling out to his right and scrambling through the Lancer defense and into the endzone. Brehaut's impressive fourteen-yard touchdown run gave Los Osos the lead at 10-7 and the score would remain the same when the game went into halftime.

The beginning of the second half would prove to be a defensive battle as neither team was able to do much on the offensive side of the ball. After thwarting the Grizzlies opening drive, the Lancers took control with 9:05 remaining in the third quarter. On 1st and 10, Lenhart was sacked and fumbled on the play, but Bishop Amat was able to recover the ball.

Los Osos forced Bishop Amat to punt, but on 3rd and 5 of the Grizzlies' next possession, Lancers LB Brent Seals got into the backfield to sack Brehaut for a loss of five, and at the 4:20 mark, the Grizzlies were forced to punt.

Bishop Amat would go on to capitalize on their next possession as Lenhart led his offense on an impressive drive down field. After converting on 3rd and 7, Lenhart connected for a twenty-nine-yard pass for a second consecutive first down.

After a botched run play to make it 2nd and 18 from the Grizzlies' 41-yard line, Lenhart converted on 3rd and 15 with a twenty-yard pass to make it first down at the eighteen-yard line.

The Lancers were able to get the ball to the six-yard line, from where running back Deshawn Gaisie was able to take the handoff to his left and make one cut past the Los Osos defense and into the endzone to make the score 14-10 Bishop Amat after the extra point.

Los Osos would be undaunted by the score, as Brehaut would go on to lead an impressive drive of his own. After a pass interference penalty on Seals, the Grizzlies closed out the third quarter with the ball on their own forty-yard line.

In the fourth quarter, Brehaut would once again show off his legs as he had two runs for first downs, one for fourteen-yards and another for twelve.

But the Lancer defense did not make things any easier for Los Osos as the Grizzlies lost major yards on two plays from within five yards. On 2nd and 5, Brehaut's handoff to his tailback Arby Fields was botched, and while Brehaut was able to jump on the loose ball, it was for a loss of ten yards. Things got worse before they got better for the Grizzlies as Brehaut slipped and fell on 3rd and 15 for a loss of eight yards on the play.

Despite having 6:57 left to play in the fourth quarter, Los Osos head coach Tom Martinez elected to go for it on 4th and 23 and put the responsibility on the shoulders of his star quarterback.

Brehaut would not disappoint as his offensive line gave him plenty of time to find his tailback Fields for a touchdown pass on a pass up the middle. Fields made an impressive grab on the floating pass as he made a good adjustment on the ball with a defender tightly covering him.

After throwing a pick on the ensuing drive, Bishop Amat was able to retain possession with 2:09 remaining after recovering a fumble when the Grizzlies had decided to go for it on 4th and 7.

The Los Osos defense would hold strong, however, as they forced an incomplete pass by Lenhart on a 4th and 25 attempt. Brehaut and the Grizzlies' offense took control at the Lancer five-yard line, and were able to seal the victory on a run by Fields to make it 24-14.

Bishop Amat closed out the game with a touchdown pass to make the final score 24-20.

On the night, Brehaut was nine of 19 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 82 yards and a touchdown.

Los Osos opens up the season at 1-0 and will travel to San Bernardino next Friday to take on Cajon. Bishop Amat looks to rebound next week as they host Orange Lutheran at La Puente.

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