The Nipomo High football team had the ball in the fourth quarter with a chance to take the lead, but the offense stalled with three minutes to play and Lompoc ran out the clock to get the 18-13 win Friday night in Lompoc.
"Our defense played amazing," Nipomo coach Tony Dodge said. "But our offense got stagnant."
Two bad snaps by Nipomo, one on a punt and one out of a shotgun formation, resulted in safeties and four points for the Braves.
"It was a very tight game," Dodge said. "We just didn't do the little things right like not converting on third and short."
The Lompoc defense also forced Nipomo to turn the ball over on downs with eight minutes to go in the fourth quarter.
Nipomo (1-1) is on the road again next week as the Titans head to Carpinteria to take on the Carpinteria Warriors.
LOMPOC 18, NIPOMO 13
Score by quarters:
Lompoc 0 9 7 2—18
Nipomo 7 0 6 0—13
N — Juan Eguiluz 26 pass from Gavin Hall (Eguiluz kick)
L — Torrey Sims 3 run (Javier De La Cueva kick)
L — Safety, blocked punt out of end zone
N — Tyler Diaz 15 pass from Gavin Hall (Eguiluz kick)
L — Torrey Sims 5 run (Javier De La Cueva kick)
L — Safety
First downs 7 NA
Rushes-yards 29-107 35-148
Passing yards 50 46
Passes 5-15-1 7-10-0
Total yards 157 194
Fumbles-lost 2-2 0-0
Rushing — Nipomo: Gavin Hall 7-14, J.J. Ramierez 22-93; Lompoc: Torrey Sims 16-66, Toa Taua 13-62, Chris Green 3-4, Richard Foster 2-6.
Passing — Nipomo: Gavin Hall 5-15-1 50; Lompoc: Torrey Sims 7-10-0 46
Receiving — Nipomo: Tyler Diaz 2-25, Juan Eguiluz 1-26. Lompoc: not available.