CERRITOS — It wasn’t painless, but at least it was quick.
The Los Altos High School football team fell behind early to Colony in the CIF-Southern Section Central Division championship at Cerritos College and never recovered in a 35-7 loss on Saturday night.
“Colony is a good team and they did a helluva job tonight,” Los Altos head coach Dale Ziola said. “We knew they were fast, we just didn’t get the push we thought we’d get some times. The lead just got too big and the rest is history.”
Los Altos, which needed to win its final two regular season games just to make the playoffs as the Hacienda League’s third-place team, finished the season 8-6. The Conquerors were bidding for the 12th title in school history while making the program’s 15th finals appearance.
Colony (12-2) was just too fast and it was apparent from the start. The Titans scored on a 63-yard touchdown run by Ryan Kinard on the game’s third play and didn’t look back.
Los Altos’ offense went three-and-out on its first two series and by the time the Conquerors were stopped on downs at the Colony 34 on their third drive, it was already 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.
“We had a couple of three-and-outs and that hindered the run game a little bit,” Ziola said. “When we did start to move the ball, we just didn’t help ourselves with penalties. It made it tough.”
By the time it was halftime, the lead had swelled to 28-0. Los Altos came out firing on its first drive of the second half and quickly got in scoring position. The drive stalled, however, and the Conquerors fumbled at the Colony 5-yard line.
Josh Thompsons’s second touchdown pass to Tommie Dorsey made it 35-0 midway through the third quarter.
Los Altos finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter when quarterback Lorenzo Silva hooked up with Amir Avery on a 45-yard touchdown pass with 6:11 left. The fourth quarter was played with a running clock.
“We were in the finals, not many people can say that,” Ziola said. “Hopefully this is a launching pad. We’ll let this one sit for a little bit and get back to work … get moving in the right direction. Day in, day out. It’s a never-ending process.”