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."
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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.