PALO ALTO — The 1-2 punch of juniors Paul Lautaimi and Camron Grant could not be contained Friday night on the road.
Then, it was up to Aragon senior Frankie Paredes to put the finishing touch on a 48-14 drubbing at Palo Alto.
The 5-foot-9, 185-pound backup running back punctuated the victory with nine carries for 48 yards in a fourth-quarter drive that consisted entirely of handoffs to Paredes, including a 1-yard touchdown that put into effect the running clock.
“He is the most unselfish, hard-working, selfless kid,” said Aragon coach Steve Sell, who pointed out Paredes also recovered the loose ball on a pooch kickoff to open the third quarter. “And sometimes when he gets into a game, it’s not with our first-string line. And so it’s really great. You love to see a great kid have success.”
The Dons (3-0) needed to throw the ball only twice in the second half, as the ground attack produced four unanswered touchdowns to break open a 21-14 contest at intermission.
Lautaimi paved the way with 18 carries for 158 yards, with touchdowns of 27 and 18 yards. Meanwhile, Grant churned out 42 yards on seven carries and found the end zone three times (3, 21, 9).
“I think our depth came into play,” Sell said. “Because none of those guys on that offensive line play on defense. And they had guys playing both ways, so I think we kind of wore them down a little bit.”
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