There is the quick strike offense, and then there is the rapidity with which Lompoc scored in the first quarter Friday night.
Toa Taua burst into the end zone from 49 yards out on the first play from scrimmage. The Braves scored on three of their first four plays, racked up 37 points in the first quarter and went on to drub San Marcos 72-14 at Huyck Stadium in Lompoc.
The Braves, 3-0, have outscored their opposition by a combined 158-28. The Royals are 1-2 in 2017 after going winless in 2016.
Taua, one of the premier running backs in the area, touched the ball three times. He scored all three times.
Besides the 49-yarder, he also scored on runs of 64 and 56 yards. He didn't appear to be touched on any of his runs. His offensive line opened the holes and Taua simply blasted through them.
Once again, Lompoc's front lines dominated in the trenches.
"I think our lines's timing has been good," said Juan DeLuna, a stalwart Lompoc defensive tackle who has also been seeing regular playing time at offensive guard.
"I think we're getting better and better every week."
Lompoc coach Andrew Jones said, "You know, every year we lose quality people (to graduation) and we're supposed to be down on the offensive line, but every time guys step up That's a tribute to coach (Matt) Sims," who coaches Lompoc's offensive line.
Dallas Canley started off tackle, then cut to the sidelines and scored from 34 yards out on Lompoc's third play from scrimmage. On the fourth, Xavier Nix hit Shemar Savage for an 18-yard touchdown pass.
Big punt returns by Johnny Manzo set up the second and third Lompoc scores. A holding penalty nullified his 85-yard punt return for a touchdown, putting the ball on the San Marcos 45 instead. Canley scored two plays later.
"It was good to see the return game produce like that," said Jones. Manzo scored on a 65-yard return of a free kick after Lompoc's second safety of the first quarter.
Down 20-0, San Marcos drew within range when running back Tommy Schaeffer, on a direct snap, hit Andrew Aragon for a 17-yard touchdown pass.
Lompoc quickly drew out of range. Taua burst loose for his 64-yard touchdown run on the first play after the ensuing kickoff.
The Braves finished the first quarter with 11 points in the space of 49.9 seconds.
The San Marcos punter fumbled the snap and had to fall on it in his end zone. Ruben Cortez tackled Anthony Simentales in the end zone for another safety then Manzo returned the ensuing free kick 65 yards for a score.
The Lompoc defense scored 10 points. Besides the two safeties, Cortez fell on the ball after a snap from shotgun formation went over Simentales's head and into the San Marcos end zone in the second quarter.
The Royals got a second touchdown on a 47-yard pass from Joey Perez to Paul Ingram early in the fourth quarter.
Three Lompoc reserves got into the San Marcos end zone. Ryan Morgan scored on a 58-yard run late in the second quarter, and Oscar Tenorio and Drew Williams scored from nine and 12 yards out respectively in the second half.
"It was good to see other guys contribute," to the scoring, said Jones.
The game was abbreviated. A running clock was enforced with 9:36 still to play in the first half and Lompoc up 51-7.
San Marcos will host Oxnard Hueneme at 7 p.m. next Friday. Lompoc will play Santa Barbara Saturday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.
Orcutt Academy 13, Carpinteria 5
The Spartans won a non-league match at Carpinteria to even their season record at 3-3.
Megan Vise didn't lose a game in a three-set sweep for the Spartans. Kayla Pablo won three singles sets, dropping three games in the process. Jana Andrade and Keona Pablo, Kayla's sister, swept three doubles sets. They lost two games.