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California's Top 50 high school football teams: Oklahoma commit Malachi Nelson returns for No. 8 Los Alamitos

Nelson, the 2020-21 Gatorade State POY, completed 73% of his passes for 1,513 yards and 23 TDs last season.
Malachi Nelson, Los Alamitos QB

Malachi Nelson, Los Alamitos QB

SBLive is previewing the Top 50 high school football teams in California ahead of the fall 2021 season. Here’s an inside look at the Los Alamitos Griffins of the CIF Southern Section, the No. 8 team in our countdown.

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LOS ALAMITOS TEAM PAGE | 2021 FALL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

LOS ALAMITOS HEAD COACH

Ray Fenton – 6th season – (35-17-1)

  • Coached previously at Fountain Valley and Cypress

2021 SPRING AT A GLANCE

  • 6-0 overall
  • 5-0 in Sunset League (1st)

IMPACT DEPARTURES

  • Tyler Deleon - DE (Army, West Point)
  • Darrien Wingfield - DB (Graduated)
  • Shain Allen - WR (Graduated)
  • Jojo Nuez - LB (Graduated)
  • Aidan Chiles - 2023 QB (Transferred to Downey)

2021 FALL SCHEDULE

  • Aug. 20 vs. Bakersfield – 7:00PM
  • Aug. 27 vs. Lincoln San Diego – 7:00PM
  • Sept. 3 @ Paramount – 7:00PM
  • Sept.. 10 @ Buchanan – 7:00PM
  • Sept. 17 @ Santa Margarita – 7:00PM
  • Oct. 1 vs. Corona Del Mar – 7:00PM
  • Oct. 8 vs. Edison -7:00PM
  • Oct. 15 @ Aquinas – 7:00PM
  • Oct. 22 @ Huntington Beach – 7:00PM
  • Oct. 29 vs. Newport Harbor – 7:00PM

RETURNING STARTERS

  • 9 on offense
  • 8 on defense

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Malachi Nelson (Junior-QB) (6-3, 180) (Oklahoma commit)

Nelson committed to Oklahoma in July over Alabama, Ohio State, LSU, Florida State and USC.

Coach Fenton: “Malachi is a five star talent."

2021 spring stats: Completed 73% of his passes for 1,513 yards and 23 TDs. Named the Gatorade State Player of the Year

Makai Lemon (Junior-WR/DB/ST) (6-0, 180) (Oklahoma commit)

Coach Fenton: “Makai is a five star too."

2021 spring stats: 43 catches for 756 yards and nine TDs, 15 tackles and intercepted four passes on defense, returned a punt for a TD

David Main (Senior-RT) (6-4, 270)

Coach Fenton: “David is a three year starter for us. He has scholarship offers from Army and Navy."

2021 spring stats: Five tackles on defense.

Adam Tomczyk (Senior-DE) (6-4, 265)

Coach Fenton: “Adam has an offer from Utah State."

2021 spring stats: 31 tackles and four sacks

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Ethan O'Connor(Junior-WR/CB) (6-1, 160)

Offer sheet: Alabama, Georgia, USC, Penn State, LSU, Texas A&M, Arizona

Coach Fenton: “Ethan didn't play in the spring, but he's a national recruit.