Austin Overn leads Foothill football past Villa Park in another dramatic Crestview League game


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ORANGE — The Crestview League produced two football games decided by three points in its opening round. The group kept to its dramatic ways Friday but Foothill added a major twist.

Austin Overn scored three touchdowns and threw for a TD to lead the No. 11 Knights to a 35-28 victory against No. 9 Villa Park in a game decided in the closing minutes at El Modena High.

Penn commit Patrick Hawkins sealed the victory with a sack on a fourth-and-4 from the Foothill 5-yard line with 3:33 left in the final quarter, allowing the Knights (8-1, 1-1) to run out the clock.

  • The Foothill High School football team celebrate with their coach Doug Case, center, after defeating Villa Park in a key Crestview League game in Orange on Friday, October 22, 2021. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Foothill’s Austin Overn, center, catches a pass between Villa Park cornerback Eddie Rodriguez Jr, left, and free safety Benjie Lewis, right, and is able to hang onto the ball as he falls to the ground in Orange on Friday, October 22, 2021. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park quarterback Nathan Kornely, right, is hit hard and knocked down by Foothill’s Dean Pistone, left, in Orange on Friday, October 22, 2021. Tempers flared after the play with a penalty assessed on Villa Park. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park quarterback Nathan Kornely, second from left, reaches out to shake hands with Foothill guard Reed Fergus (72) before leaving the game with an injured arm late in the fourth quarter in Orange on Friday, October 22, 2021. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park cornerback Eddie Rodriguez Jr, left, is called for pass interference on a pass intended for Foothill’s Austin Overn, right, in Orange on Friday, October 22, 2021. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Foothill’s Patrick Hawkins (85) and Austin Overn, right, celebrate with teammates after regaining possession of the ball from Villa Park with a little under four minutes remaining the game in Orange on Friday, October 22, 2021. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park fans get into the spirit of the game against Foothill in Orange on Friday, October 22, 2021. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park quarterback Nathan Kornely, right, scrambles to find a receiver as he his pursued by a Foothill defender in Orange on Friday, October 22, 2021. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park quarterback Nathan Kornely has his forearm immobilized after begin hurt on Villa Park’s last play of the game in Orange on Friday, October 22, 2021. Foothill took possession and ran out the clock to win the game. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Foothill’s Austin Overn, center, hits the ground after catching a pass but hangs onto the ball as he is double covered by Villa Park cornerback Eddie Rodriguez Jr, left, and free safety Benjie Lewis, right, in Orange on Friday, October 22, 2021. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Foothill’s Austin Overn jogs into the end zone to score a fourth quarter touchdown to put Foothill ahead of Villa Park 34-28 in Orange on Friday, October 22, 2021. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park cheerleaders perform for the crowd during a break in the action against Foothill in Orange on Friday, October 22, 2021. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Villa Park football team run onto the field before the start of the game against Foothill in Orange on Friday, October 22, 2021. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park cornerback Jackson Christie, right, is brought down by Foothill’s Reese Von Hemert, left, in Orange on Friday, October 22, 2021. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Foothill’s Matt Little powers his way toward the end zone to score a touchdown against Villa Park in the first quarter in Orange on Friday, October 22, 2021. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park quarterback Nathan Kornely, right, gets the ball over the goal line to score a touchdown against Foothill in the second quarter in Orange on Friday, October 22, 2021. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park quarterback Nathan Kornely, left, confers with coach h Dusan Ancich during the game against Foothill in Orange on Friday, October 22, 2021. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park fans cheer their team during the game against Foothill in Orange on Friday, October 22, 2021. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Foothill’s Austin Overn dives into the end zone to score a touchdown against Villa Park in the first quarter in Orange on Friday, October 22, 2021. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park wide receiver Cole Cassara, right, beats Foothill’s Dean Pistone, left, but the pass falls incomplete in the second quarter in Orange on Friday, October 22, 2021. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

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Foothill, coming off a loss in the final seconds to Yorba Linda, took a 35-27 lead on a sensational, 37-yard TD run by Overn with 9:15 left in the fourth. The speedy senior, committed to USC for baseball, bounced off a tackle at the 20-yard line and raced to the end zone.

Defending league champion Villa Park (7-2, 1-1) tied the score at 21-21 and 28-28 in the third quarter on a pair of touchdown passes by Nate Kornely, who passed for 302 yards despite playing with a sore shoulder. The reigning Crestview player of the year passed for three TDs and also rushed for a score before being shaken up on Hawkins’ final sack.

Kornely tossed a 26-yard TD to Diego Sanchez to cap the Spartans’ first possession of the third quarter and later connected on a 37-yarder to Cole Cassara with 53 seconds left in the third.

The Cassara TD came after Kornely bounced back from a hard hit by Foothill’s Dean Pistone and helped the Spartans answer a trick play by Foothill.

The Knights took a 28-21 lead in the middle of the third on a double-pass that featured Overn tossing a 65-yard strike to a wide open Brady Schrank.

Foothill sprinted to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter behind its ground attack and defense.

After the Knights forced Villa Park to turn the ball over on downs on the opening possession, Foothill marched 79 yards on three running plays to reach the end zone. Matt Little scored on a 4-yard run but sophomore Aaron Mitchell did the heavy lifting on the possession by breaking runs of 38 and 37 yards.

Mitchell finished with 165 yards on 15 carries.

Foothill inside linebacker Ethan Charpentier sparked the drive with a tackle for no gain on fourth-and-1 from the Knights 21.

The junior then recovered a fumble on the second play of the ensuing possession, giving Foothill the ball at the Villa Park 32. Overn followed a few plays later with a 12-yard TD run as the Knights opened a 14-0 lead with 3:52 left in the first quarter.

Villa Park capitalized on a special teams miscue early in the second quarter to find its footing. The Spartans took over the Foothill 26 after a botched punt attempt and drove for a 3-yard TD run by Kornely.

Foothill kept the pressure on with a 78-yard scoring drive capped by a 11-yard TD pass from Brody Jones to a leaping Overn. Jon Fobear added the extra-point and the Knights led 21-7 with 6:11 left in the half.

Villa Park hung close with a scoring drive just before half. The Spartans drove from their 30 for a 7-yard TD pass from Kornely to Sanchez with 16 seconds left to trim Foothill’s lead to 21-14.

Next week, Villa Park closes out the regular season by playing host to Yorba Linda at El Modena High. Foothill plays host to El Modena at Tustin High.

 

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Orange County’s top committed football recruits, Oct. 20


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Top committed Orange County, Trinity League football recruits

Seniors, Class of 2022 

Cooper Barkate, Mater Dei, WR, 6-2, 190, Harvard

Raleek Brown, Mater Dei, RB, 5-8, 185, Oklahoma

Keyan Burnett, Servite, TE, 6-5, 200, Arizona

Nathan Burrell, St. John Bosco, DL, 6-3, 250, Cal

Kurt Chesney, Aliso Niguel, LS, 6-1, 220, Air Force

Noah Fifita, Servite, QB, 5-10, 170, Arizona

Mason Graham, Servite, DL, 6-4, 295, Michigan

Sione Hala, St. John Bosco, S, 6-2, 195, Boston College

Katin Houser, St. John Bosco, QB, 6-3, 200, Michigan State

Josh Hunter, Mater Dei, S, 5-10, 168, San Diego State

Blaze Iglesias, Orange, DE, 6-3, 255, Air Force

Domani Jackson, Mater Dei, CB, 6-1, 185, USC

Eoghan Kerry, Mater Dei, LB, 6-3, 234, Texas

Jacob Manu, Servite, LB, 5-11, 210, Arizona

Tetairoa McMillan, Servite, WR, 6-4, 185, Oregon

Braden Pegan, San Juan Hills, WR, 6-5, 195, UCLA

Jairus Satele, St. John Bosco, DL, 6-0, 270, Navy

Cameron Sidney, Mater Dei, CB, 5-11, 170, Cal

Adam Tomczyk, Los Alamitos, DL, 6-4, 265, Utah State

Taitai Uiagalelei, Mater Dei, DL, 6-5, 250, Washington State

CJ Williams, Mater Dei, WR, 6-2, 195, Notre Dame

Jalen Woods, St. John Bosco, LB, 6-0, 192, UCLA

Juniors, Class of 2023

Makai Lemon, Los Alamitos, WR/ATH, 5-11, 175, Oklahoma

Malachi Nelson, Los Alamitos, QB, 6-3, 180, Oklahoma

Deandre Moore Jr., Los Alamitos, WR/ATH, 5-11, 185, Oklahoma

Freshman, Class of 2025

Arron White, Orange, 6-2, 163, CB/ATH, Orange

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Veteran Brea Olinda football coach Robb Perrance to retire after season


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Brea Olinda football coach Robb Perrance strives to help his players receive most of the spotlight but it was hard to ignore his news on Tuesday.

The veteran confirmed he will retire from coaching and teaching at the end of the school year, capping a 40-year run at the school.

“I have coached for 43 years, 40 of them at here at Brea,” Perrance, 65, said in a text message. “Have loved each and every one of them. My wife is retiring from nursing in June so I feel like it’s time we spend some time together now.”

His announcement arrives just before Brea Olinda’s final home game of the regular season. The Wildcats (3-3, 0-1) play host to Esperanza (3-5, 0-1) on Friday in the North Hills League.

The program is inviting former players, coaches or anyone impacted by Perrance to join him on the field afterward for his final “walk off.” The Wildcats also have estimated a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for Perrance and his wife to travel.

Perrance has been a fixture at Brea Olinda for four decades.

He arrived in 1981 and later emerged as the offensive line coach under Lon Looney in the 1990s.

Perrance replaced Looney as the Wildcats’ coach for one season, in 2000, and was an assistant for Looney the following fall when the Wildcats went 14-0 and won a CIF-SS Division 9 championship.

Perrance took the permanent reins in 2003, about the same time Brea Olinda joined the Century/North Hills leagues and left the Orange League.

He guided Brea Olinda to CIF-SS runner-up finishes in 2015 and 2018, dropping close championship games to Canyon (31-21) and San Gorgonio (21-17).

Perrance also led the Wildcats to North Hills titles in 2015 and the coronavirus-shortened 2020 spring season.

He enters Friday with an overall record of 93-118 in 20 seasons, the second-longest tenure in school history to Shorty Smith (1929-1950).

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At first glance: Servite vs. Mater Dei matchup, Oct. 23

At first glance: Servite (8-0, 3-0) vs. Mater Dei (6-0, 3-0)

When: Saturday, Oct. 23, 8 p.m.

Where: Santa Ana Stadium

TV: Bally Sports West

MaxPreps national rankings: Mater Dei (1), Servite (8)

High School Football America national rankings: Mater Dei (1), Servite (20)

Calpreps state rankings: Mater Dei (1), Servite (2)

Tickets: Sold out in minutes Monday

Notable: Mater Dei has defeated Servite nine consecutive years in the rivalry. The Monarchs’ defense has been one of the keys, allowing no more than 22 points in any of the games. … Mater Dei leads the all-time series 41-17-2.  … The Monarchs are averaging 50.8 points, just ahead of the Friars at 49.8. Mater Dei is holding opponents to average of 9.5 points while Servite limits teams to 11.2. … In the spring, Mater Dei defeated Servite 24-17 in a penalty-married game at Santa Ana Stadium. The Monarchs were flagged 22 times for 201 yards, including several for pass interference against wide receiver Tetairoa McMillan (six catches for 107 yards). Mater Dei’s defense was led by David Bailey (four sacks) and cornerback Cam Sidney (interception return for TD). … Sophomore Elijah Brown of Mater Dei and senior Noah Fifita of Servite are two of the best QBs in the county.

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Canyon football shows its resolve, stuns Brea Olinda in North Hills opener


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ORANGE — Canyon’s football team entered opening night in the North Hills League with its record in shambles but its resolve firmly intact.

Interim coach Eric Yost said as much about the Comanches’ attitude before kickoff against visiting Brea Olinda but their actions Thursday spoke even louder.

Quarterback Christian Lundsberg threw two first-half touchdowns to Fox Haugen and running back Kyle Krause rushed for two scores as Canyon snapped a four-game losing streak to stun the reigning league champion Wildcats 42-28 at El Modena.

Canyon (2-6, 1-0) led 28-6 at halftime and punctuated the upset in the second half behind big plays by Krause and Haugen, two of about 30 juniors on the Comanches’ up-and-coming squad.

Krause broke a 95-yard touchdown run in the middle of the third quarter while Haugen returned his own punt block 7 yards for a touchdown later in the period.

Haugen also grabbed an interception, one of three turnovers forced by the Comanches as they won their first league game since Oct. 13, 2018 against El Modena.

“These kids battle. They have fight,” said Yost, filling in for Josh Waybright, who is recovering from a car accident a few weeks ago. “These kids are tough and they just give everything they have.”

The Comanches were 0-6 in the coronavirus-shortened spring season and winless in the Crestview League during a challenging 2019, which saw them lose their final eight games.

Canyon snapped a 17-game losing streak earlier this fall by defeating Fullerton but now has a shot to reach the playoffs by winning one of its two remaining games.

“I’ve been on the varsity program for three years now and we’ve only won three times,” said Krause, who had tears in his eyes after rushing for 190 yards on 19 carries. “It just feels so good to finally win, all the effort we put in.”

Canyon entered the game with a reputation for its passing attack, and certainly leaned on the 6-foot-4 195-pound Lundsberg. The junior completed 20 of 27 passes for 184 in the first half and finished 26 of 36 for 221 yards.

Haugen racked up 10 catches for 122 yards, including TDs of 14 and 18 yards.

But the Comanches also rushed the ball well behind Krause, finishing with 222 yards on 31 carries as a team.

Canyon’s defense received sacks from Noah Eckenrode, Joseph Mitchell and the combination of Zaki Dostzada and Brennan Maertz. Brady Van Sprecken added an interception while fellow junior Troy Mills also played well at linebacker.

Middle linebacker Luke Oliva delivered one of the biggest plays in the second half. The senior stopped Brea Olinda quarterback Justus Thongphrachanh short of a first down on a fourth-down play from the Canyon 6-yard line to halt the Wildcats’ long possession to open the third quarter.

On the next play, Krause broke his 95-yard TD run as Canyon opened a 34-6 lead midway through the third.

Haugen’s scoop-and-score off his block gave Canyon a 41-13 lead going into the fourth against Brea Olinda (3-3, 0-1), a former county top-25 team that has been hit hard by COVID-19 contact tracing in recent weeks.

Thongphrachanh threw a late 39-yard TD to Ryan Reagins as the Wildcats scored twice in the final five minutes. The senior passed for 261 yards and three scores.

Senior Cadence Rutledge, a senior who also plays on the girls soccer team, kicked a pair of extra points for the Wildcats.

Next week, Canyon takes on El Dorado at Valencia while Brea Olinda plays host to Esperanza.

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San Clemente knocks off Aliso Niguel to win share of South Coast League girls volleyball title

SAN CLEMENTE >> The Aliso Niguel and San Clemente girls volleyball teams came into their final match of the regular season on Wednesday at San Clemente High School in first and second place, respectively, in the South Coast League.

Not only did San Clemente win in four sets, 25-17, 23-25, 25-19, 25-22, to force a first-place tie with the Wolverines, the Tritons also won a coin toss held immediately after the match and will enter the playoffs as the league’s top seed.

Here is the final point from San Clemente’s victory over Aliso Niguel tonight that gave the Tritons a share of the South Coast League girls volleyball title.
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Both teams are in the CIF-SS Division 1/2 group. They will find out Saturday, when the pairings are released at 10 a.m., which of those divisions they were placed in for the playoffs.

The Tritons (24-9, 7-1) and Wolverines (21-4, 7-1) split their two league meetings with each team winning in their home gym.

“We didn’t change the scouting or the game plan, but we just executed so, so perfectly tonight,” San Clemente coach Casey Swenson explained. “We committed to serving a little bit tougher and be a little more aggressive.”

The Tritons seemed to score almost at will from the right side with 6-foot-2 senior Audrey Della Vedova and 6-foot junior Lily Dwinell doing most of the scoring from that spot.

Dwinell led the Tritons with 17 kills and Vedova had nine kills and a block.


San Clemente’s Lily Dwinell, left, and Audrey Della Vedova each played a big role in the Triton’s victory over Aliso Niguel on Wednesday, Oct. 13. (Photo by Lou Ponsi, Contributor)

Senior Abigail Brown dominated the middle for the Tritons with 16 kills and four blocks.

The Wolverines, ranked No. 7 in Division 1/2 this week, were focused on defending the middle against Brown, which allowed Dwinell and Vedova to score from the right side, Tritons coach Casey Swenson said.

“She is a three-year varsity player,” Swenson said of Brown. “She was just a warrior tonight. She is a really, really fierce competitor. She is the one who drives everything.”

Kendra Duffy had 12 kills and Brooke Pattschull had six blocks for the Wolverines.

In the first set, the Tritons opened a 21-10 lead.

The Wolverines manage to close the gap a bit, but the deficit was simply too big to overcome.

Aliso Niguel trailed by six late in the second set but went on a 10-2 run down the stretch to win the set and tie the match.

The third set was close until the Tritons opened a 20-12 lead.

Once again, the Wolverines closed the gap, outscoring the Tritons 7-5 down the stretch, before falling short again.

The score was tied 10 times in the fourth set before Dwinell and Vedova scored key points at the end to give the Tritons just enough of a cushion to hold off the Wolverines.

“Their defense was really good the first time we played them and even better the second time we played them,” Aliso Niguel coach Richelle Whiting said. “Their blocking was unreal. They showed up. They talked about it all week that they were going to beat us and they put their money where their mouth was.”

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Trinity League Football Podcast: Stretch drive begins with Week 8 preview

The Trinity League Football Podcast returns this week with an in-depth review of Week 7 and a preview of Week 8.

OCVarsity’s Dan Albano and insider Scott Barajas analyze the results between Servite-Santa Margarita, Mater Dei-Orange Lutheran and St. John Bosco-JSerra. Servite safety Brock Beuerlein caps the show by sharing comments about his interception return for a score against the Eagles.

The guys also preview this week’s games, led by Mater Dei-Santa Margarita on Friday.

Listen to the episode here, and subscribe in Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts to get every episode as they publish.

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Newport Harbor girls volleyball sweeps Edison to go unbeaten in Wave League

NEWPORT BEACH >> The Newport Harbor girls volleyball team swept visiting Edison, 25-20, 25-15, 25-18, on Tuesday to complete a perfect run through the Wave League.

Quinn Perry led the Sailors (24-7 overall, 6-0 league) with 13 kills, and Emma Fults added seven kills. Kate Bland and Tegan Glenn dished out 20 and 10 assists, respectively, while Laine Briggs anchored the Sailors’ defense with nine.

The Sailors defeated the Chargers in four games in their league game Sept. 23, but they needed another win Tuesday to claim the Wave title outright.

“I think that the first matchup, we weren’t very consistent,” Perry said. “With this game, I think that we were just a lot more focused on every pass, every ball.”

Newport Harbor was coming off an impressive third-place finish this past weekend at the Redondo Molten Power Classic.

The best chance for Edison (17-16, 4-2) to win a set came in set one. Early on, the Chargers led 7-3 after two consecutive service aces from Allison Lytle and their lead was 14-11 following a Sailors service error.

Newport Harbor then used a 7-2 run to go up 18-16, and following that run Perry put down three straight kills to make it 21-16. Eventually, Newport Harbor took the opening set off a block from Emma Coatsworth.

“I thought they (Edison) came out really well, they were serving tough and putting some pressure on us,” Newport Harbor coach Andrew Mabry said. “It just took us a minute to get going.”

The Sailors never trailed in the second set and wound up winning 25-15. In the third set, they turned a 5-3 deficit into a 10-5 lead with a 7-0 run. The lead ballooned to 16-8, but the Chargers used a 4-0 run to pull within 16-12.

That was as close as Edison got, as Newport Harbor maintained its lead and closed the match with a kill from Fults.

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“Overall, we’ve been working with this mindset of improving as much as much as we can with our youth,” Edison co-coach Colleen Burke said. “We felt we played well this match, just a couple things weren’t in our favor.”

Adia McCown led Edison with six kills while Molly McCluskey added three kills. Ashley Finch distributed 14 assists while Natalia Brandlin registered three blocks.

Both teams automatically qualified for the CIF Southern Section playoffs, which start next week, by finishing first and second in the Wave League. They will both be in CIF-SS Division 3 for the playoffs, and Newport Harbor could be the No. 1 seed. It is ranked No. 1 in Division 3 this week.

The playoff brackets will be released Saturday at 10 a.m.

 

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Orange County boys water polo top 10 rankings, Oct. 5


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ORANGE COUNTY TOP 10

1. Mater Dei 14-1

2. Newport Harbor 11-2

3. Huntington Beach 15-2

4. JSerra 11-1

5. Orange Lutheran 10-4

6. Laguna Beach 9-7

7. Foothill 12-5

8. Los Alamitos 7-8

9. Santa Margarita 5-5

10. Corona del Mar 14-8

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James Rozolis-Hill leads Huntington Beach past Foothill for S & R Sport tournament title

IRVINE — Huntington Beach’s boys water polo team and James Rozolis-Hill made the most of their opportunities Saturday night at the S & R Sport tournament.

The Oilers followed the lead of their senior who missed the spring season due to the pandemic to bounce back from a self-described humbling fourth-place finish at the South Coast Tournament.

Rozolis-Hill scored five goals and recorded two of Huntington Beach’s eight field blocks en route to a 9-6 victory against improving Foothill in the finals at the Woollett Aquatics Center.

In defending their tournament title, the Oilers improved to 15-2 but more importantly made strides defensively, an area that hurt them in losing the third-place match to Sacred Heart Prep at the South Coast.

Huntington Beach plays Surf League rival Newport Harbor on Wednesday.

“After the South Coast, we were pretty (upset),” Rozolis-Hilll said. “Team defense, that’s what we needed to focus on. Covering for each other. Getting field blocks, and at the end of the day, being explosive in the zone (defense).”

Huntington Beach’s Nikola Mirkovic and Ryder Dodd also had two field blocks apiece to support goalie Gabriel Haddad, who had 11 saves and two steals.

Dodd, an impressive sophomore, guarded 2 meters without taking an exclusion, utilizing his strong positioning and swimming.

Huntington Beach blanked Foothill (10-5) in the fourth period and didn’t allow a goal for the final eight minutes and 32 seconds.

Rozolis-Hill scored twice in the Oilers’ key 4-0 run that began late in the second quarter and opened a 7-5 lead with 2:15 left in the third.

The 6-foot-5 center and Harvard commit didn’t play in the coronavirus-shortened spring season because he has two family members who have autoimmune challenges. Rozolis-Hill returned to play for Vanguard in June, helping the club take a silver at the Junior Olympics.

“It was difficult,” Rozolis-Hill said of not playing his junior season. “I had a good support system luckily to kind of help me through everything and then the training helped me but it did get tough a couple months.

“But luckily school was going well. My family was doing well, and that’s the important thing – just my family staying healthy.”

Jack Matos and emerging junior Bronson Birdsall each scored twice for Foothill while junior goalie Riley Clansen added six saves.

Both teams defended the power-play well. Each side finished 3 for 8.

“We’re making progress,” said Foothill coach Jim Brumm, whose team placed 12th at the South Coast Tournament.

In the third-place match:

De La Salle 17, Los Alamitos 16 (OT): Caleb Francisco scored seven goals in the loss for the Griffins.

More coverage to come

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