Northwood football coach Justin Utupo resigns weeks after being hired

Northwood High is again searching for a football coach.

Justin Utupo, recently hired to lead the Timberwolves’ program, has resigned, co-athletic director Brandon Emery said on Tuesday, May 25.

Northwood confirmed Utupo’s hire earlier this month.

Utupo spent this past season as an assistant at Orange Lutheran. Prior to that, he served as an assistant at Azusa Pacific University and was the coach at Long Beach Millikan for two successful seasons.

Utupo was a star defensive lineman at Lakewood and went to play at Notre Dame.

Lakewood is seeking a coach after the departure of Scott Meyer to his alma mater, Long Beach Wilson.

At Northwood, Utupo was set to replace Mike Stewart, who resigned after serving as the team’s interim coach during the coronavirus-shortened season this spring.

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Magnolia seeking new football coach but Bill McFeggan standing by if needed

Bill McFeggan is serving as Magnolia High’s acting football coach as the Orange League school seeks a permanent replacement, he said on Monday, May 24.

McFeggan, also the baseball coach at Magnolia, took the reins of the football program after the departure of Thavis Miller in late October.

He guided the Sentinels to a 2-3 record and fourth-place finish in the Orange League during the coronavirus-shortened and delayed season this spring.

The season marked McFeggan’s first with the football program since 2002 as an assistant coach.

He said if the school can’t find a football coach, he will guide the team in the fall.

Miller resigned before he coached the Sentinels, departing because of family reasons.

Magnolia found coaching stability in Desmond Hernandez but he resigned in August after three seasons. He now serves as an assistant at Portola.

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Northwood interim football coach Mike Stewart resigns after one season

Northwood High is again searching for a football coach.

Interim coach Mike Stewart, who led the Timberwolves through the coronavirus-shortened season this spring, has resigned, co-athletic director Brandon Emery said on Tuesday, April 27.

“Unfortunately Mike Stewart has decided to step down,” Emery said. “We have already begun the process to find a head coach for our program.”

The departure leaves the Pacific Coast Conference school seeking its fourth coach in as many seasons.

Stewart guided Northwood to a 1-1 record this spring before the program was suspended due to injuries.

He took the interim reins after replacing Paige Nobles, a walk-on coach who was fired in October after one season. The Timberwolves finished 8-3 under Nobles in the fall of 2019.

In 2018, coach Peter Mitchell led Northwood to an 8-4 record but resigned after the season, his second at the school.

Northwood’s instability with the position extends back to 2016 when Phil Roh resigned after one season.

Since the departure of program-founding coach Rick Curtis following the 2013 season, Northwood has had five different coaches in seven years with no coach serving more than consecutive seasons.

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Video: Mater Dei knocks off St. John Bosco in Trinity League title game | Highlights, postgame interviews

The Mater Dei football team got some redemption by knocking off its rival, St. John Bosco, on Saturday night to win the Trinity League title and the de facto championship of the spring season. See the highlights, the celebration and the postgame interviews in this video by Jonathan Khamis for the Southern California News Group.

 

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High school football scores for Saturday, April 17

Scores from the high school football games in the CIF-SS and L.A. City sections on Friday and Saturday, April 16-17.

SATURDAY’S RESULTS

SOUTHERN SECTION

ANGELUS LEAGUE

Loyola 54, Crespi 6

St. Francis 54, St. Paul 0

CAMINO LEAGUE

Bishop Diego 33, Newbury Park 14

CITRUS BELT LEAGUE

Beaumont 26, Redlands East Valley 0

Cajon 22, Citrus Valley 19

Yucaipa 31, Redlands 6

DESERT EMPIRE LEAGUE

Xavier Prep 24, Shadow Hills 21

INLAND VALLEY LEAGUE

Riverside Poly 17, Lakeside 9

Vista del Lago 24, Moreno Valley 0

IVY LEAGUE

Rancho Verde 26, Heritage 12

Temescal Canyon 42, Elsinore 37

MARMONTE LEAGUE

Calabasas 34, Thousand Oaks 20

MOJAVE RIVER LEAGUE

Oak Hills 41, Sultana 0

Serrano 61, Hesperia 7

MOUNTAIN PASS LEAGUE

San Jacinto 35, Citrus Hill 21

SAN ANDREAS LEAGUE

Jurupa Hills 31, Summit 0

TRINITY LEAGUE

Mater Dei 34, St. John Bosco 17

VALLE VISTA LEAGUE

Northview 20, Los Altos 12

NONLEAGUE

Camarillo 14, Agoura 7

La Serna 20, Alta Loma 13

St. Bernard 64, Dominguez 25

St. Monica 34, Gabrielino 6

West Valley 27, Canyon Springs 14

Whittier Christian 21, Alhambra 20

L.A. CITY SECTION

EASTERN LEAGUE

Bell 48, Maywood CES 6

NONLEAGUE

Venice 35, Garfield 10

 

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

SOUTHERN SECTION

ALMONT LEAGUE

Schurr 14, Bell Gardens 7

AMBASSADOR LEAGUE

Arrowhead Christian 64, Linfield Christian 6

BASELINE LEAGUE

Damien 41, Upland 31

Etiwanda 15, Rancho Cucamonga 14

BAY LEAGUE

Mira Costa 35, Redondo 14

Palos Verdes 42, Peninsula 9

CAMINO REAL LEAGUE

St. Genevieve 42, Bishop Montgomery 7

St. Pius X-St. Matthias 45, Cantwell-Sacred Heart 44

CITRUS 4 LEAGUE

Colony 36, Los Osos 22

CROSS VALLEY LEAGUE

Big Bear 26, Silver Valley 12

Riverside Prep 35, Trinity Classical Academy 14

DEL REY LEAGUE

Harvard-Westlake 35, Mary Star 7

La Salle 31, St. Anthony 7

DEL RIO LEAGUE

California 21, Whittier 17

El Rancho 47, Santa Fe 21

DESERT SKY LEAGUE

Granite Hills 24, Victor Valley 16

Silverado 60, Adelanto 36

EMPIRE LEAGUE

Tustin 48, Placentia Valencia 0

FOOTHILL LEAGUE

Saugus 21, Valencia 7

FREEWAY LEAGUE

Fullerton 35, Sonora 28

La Habra 28, Sunny Hills 21

GOLD COAST LEAGUE

Sierra Canyon 51, Paraclete 2

GOLDEN LEAGUE

Highland 47, Eastside 0

Quartz Hill 55, Littlerock 6

HACIENDA LEAGUE

Diamond Bar 24, Walnut 21

Ontario 28, Nogales 6

MIRAMONTE LEAGUE

Ganesha 40, La Puente 28

MISSION LEAGUE

Alemany 25, Serra 24

Chaminade 42, Cathedral 20

Notre Dame/SO 16, Bishop Amat 13

MOORE LEAGUE

Compton 40, Long Beach Jordan 23

Long Beach Poly 48, Millikan 0

Wilson 28, Lakewood 7

NORTH HILLS LEAGUE

Brea Olinda 27, El Dorado 0

ORANGE COAST LEAGUE

Santa Ana 36, Orange 34

PACIFIC LEAGUE

Arcadia 27, Crescenta Valley 13

Pasadena 33, Muir 6

Burbank 25, Burroughs 7

PIONEER LEAGUE

North Torrance 36, West Torrance 29

Torrance 55, South Torrance 33

RIO HONDO LEAGUE

South Pasadena 35, Temple City 8

RIVER VALLEY LEAGUE

Hillcrest 42, Patriot 0

Norte Vista 47, Arlington 6

Ramona 63, La Sierra 0

SAN ANTONIO LEAGUE

Claremont 38, Chaffey 0

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY LEAGUE

Warren 41, Downey 38

SOUTH COAST LEAGUE

San Clemente 10, Mission Viejo 7

Tesoro 26, San Juan Hills 25

SOUTHWESTERN LEAGUE

Chaparral 52, Murrieta Valley 41

Temecula Valley 34, Great Oak 7

Vista Murrieta 31, Murrieta Mesa 14

SUBURBAN LEAGUE

La Mirada 42, Bellflower 6

SUNSET LEAGUE

Corona del Mar 42, Fountain Valley 7

Edison 56, Huntington Beach 8

Los Alamitos 41, Newport Harbor 3

TRINITY LEAGUE

Orange Lutheran 52, JSerra 20

NONLEAGUE

Apple Valley 49, Culver City 42

Ayala 42, Chino Hills 0

Charter Oak 42, South Hills 13

Inglewood 58, Monrovia 19

Irvine 35, Dana Hills 33

Ocean View 48, Montclair 33

Rancho Alamitos 22, Beckman 14

San Marino 49, Glendale 18

Sierra Vista 58, Cerritos 21

L.A. CITY SECTION

EAST VALLEY LEAGUE

Arleta 32, North Hollywood 13

Sun Valley Poly 38, Monroe 20

Grant 48, Verdugo Hills 0

EASTERN LEAGUE

South East 38, Legacy 20

EXPOSITION LEAGUE

Manual Arts 60, Santee 0

MARINE LEAGUE

Banning 20, Carson 10

NORTHERN LEAGUE

Lincoln 50, Wilson 12

VALLEY MISSION LEAGUE

Kennedy 21, Sylmar 13

Reseda 32, San Fernando 8

WEST VALLEY LEAGUE

Birmingham 28, Granada Hills 16

Chatsworth 21, El Camino Real 19

Cleveland 53, Taft 14

WESTERN LEAGUE

Palisades 35, Fairfax 6

Westchester 14, Hamilton 0

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OCVarsity’s high school football scores, stories from Friday’s games

This is the place to find all of OCVarsity’s coverage of the high school football games on Friday, April 16.

STORIES

‘Resilient’ San Clemente overcomes Mission Viejo to win South Coast title on final play

La Habra holds off Sunny Hills to win another Freeway League title

Villa Park goes big for finale, beats Yorba Linda to capture Crestview League title

Santa Ana seizes league title by knocking off Orange with last-second field goal

Brea Olinda overpowers El Dorado to end season as North Hills League champions

Marina ends season with rout of Segerstrom, repeats as league champions

O.C. SCORES

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

SOUTHERN SECTION

BIG 4 LEAGUE

Marina 41, Segerstrom 7

CRESTVIEW LEAGUE

Villa Park 35, Yorba Linda 21

EMPIRE LEAGUE

Tustin 48, Valencia 0

FREEWAY LEAGUE

Fullerton 35, Sonora 28

La Habra 28, Sunny Hills 21

Troy 27, Buena Park 12

NORTH HILLS LEAGUE

Brea Olinda 27, El Dorado 0

ORANGE LEAGUE

Anaheim 51, Santa Ana Valley 12

Western 55, Century 0

ORANGE COAST LEAGUE

Estancia 42, Costa Mesa 3

Santa Ana 36, Orange 34

PAC 4 LEAGUE

Westminster 27, Laguna Beach 21

PACIFIC HILLS LEAGUE

Laguna Hills 14, Portola 10

SEA VIEW LEAGUE

Capistrano Valley 42, Aliso Niguel 27

El Toro 24, Trabuco Hills 21

SOUTH COAST LEAGUE

San Clemente 10, Mission Viejo 7

Tesoro 26, San Juan Hills 25

SUNSET LEAGUE

Corona del Mar 42, Fountain Valley 7

Edison 56, Huntington Beach 8

Los Alamitos 41, Newport Harbor 3

TRINITY LEAGUE

Orange Lutheran 52, JSerra 20

NONLEAGUE

Irvine 35, Dana Hills 33

Loara 30, Santa Rosa Academy 8

Ocean View 48, Montclair 33

Rancho Alamitos 22, Beckman 14

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Santa Ana seizes league title by knocking off Orange with last-second field goal

SANTA ANA — Santa Ana High’s football team is back on top of the Orange Coast League.

A 19-yard field goal by Anthony Gomez was the ultimate difference in the game as the Saints outlasted Orange for a thrilling 36-34 victory Friday night at Santa Ana Stadium.

Trailing 34-33 with just over two minutes remaining in the game, Santa Ana (6-0, 3-0) converted on fourth-and-18 when Angel Vega connected with Pablo Perez to set up Gomez’s winning kick on the final drive.

  • Santa Ana’s Anthony Gomez kicks a field goal with four seconds left on the clock to beat Orange high in an Orange Coast League football game for the league championship, April 16, 2021 in Santa Ana.
    (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Orange Santa Ana’s Joel Cortes, center, shares an emotional hug with teammate Joshua Villegas after beating Orange in an Orange Coast League football game for the league championship, April 16, 2021 in Santa Ana.
    (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Santa Ana players and coaches celebrate beating Orange high in an Orange Coast League football game for the league championship, April 16, 2021 in Santa Ana.
    (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Santa Ana QB, Angel Vega celebrates a touchdown against Orange in an Orange Coast League football game for the league championship, April 16, 2021 in Santa Ana.
    (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Santa Ana’s 7 catches a 31 yard pass against Orange in an Orange Coast League football game for the league championship, April 16, 2021 in Santa Ana.
    (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Santa Ana QB, Angel Vega scrambles from Orange’s Nathan Cook in an Orange Coast League football game for the league championship, April 16, 2021 in Santa Ana.
    (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Santa Ana’s Anthony Gomez catches a touchdown pass against Orange in an Orange Coast League football game for the league championship, April 16, 2021 in Santa Ana.
    (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Orange’s Justin Harris Jr. intercepts a pass intended for Santa Ana’s Isaac Larriva in an Orange Coast League football game for the league championship, April 16, 2021 in Santa Ana.
    (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Orange’s Issac Adetoye is tackled by Santa Ana’s Andrew Burgoa in an Orange Coast League football game for the league championship, April 16, 2021 in Santa Ana.
    (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Orange’s Daylen Pedroza is tackled by Santa Ana’s Andrew Burgoa in an Orange Coast League football game for the league championship, April 16, 2021 in Santa Ana.
    (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Orange’s Blaze Iglesias tackles Santa Ana QB, Angel Vega in an Orange Coast League football game for the league championship, April 16, 2021 in Santa Ana.
    (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Santa Ana head coach Charlie TeGantvoort watches his team play against Orange in an Orange Coast League football game for the league championship, April 16, 2021 in Santa Ana.
    (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Santa Ana’s 90 tackles Orange’s Isaiah Adetoye in the end zone for a safety in an Orange Coast League football game for the league championship, April 16, 2021 in Santa Ana.
    (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Orange’s Isaiah Adetoye scores against Santa Ana in an Orange Coast League football game for the league championship, April 16, 2021 in Santa Ana.
    (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Santa Ana head coach, Charlie TeGantvoort takes a breather before the game against Orange high in an Orange Coast League football game for the league championship, April 16, 2021 in Santa Ana.
    (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Santa Ana’s Jason Costa runs from Orange’s Nathan Cook in an Orange Coast League football game for the league championship, April 16, 2021 in Santa Ana.
    (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Santa Ana’s Jason Costa catches a 50 yard pass for a touchdown against Orange in an Orange Coast League football game for the league championship, April 16, 2021 in Santa Ana.
    (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Orange head coach Robert Pedroza yells at his team while they play against Santa Ana in an Orange Coast League football game for the league championship, April 16, 2021 in Santa Ana.
    (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Orange’s Raymond Casillas catches a pass for a touchdown against Santa Ana in an Orange Coast League football game for the league championship, April 16, 2021 in Santa Ana.
    (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Orange’s Daylen Pedroza finds a hole and scores against Santa Ana in an Orange Coast League football game for the league championship, April 16, 2021 in Santa Ana.
    (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Santa Anafans cheer for their team as they play against Orange in an Orange Coast League football game for the league championship, April 16, 2021 in Santa Ana.
    (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Normally they dress in the locker room, but referees; L-R, Don Ariosto, Sandro Baker, Daniel Muniz, Bob Biggio and Jim Molden prepare themselves in the parking lot for the Orange vs Santa Ana game for the Orange Coast League football championship, April 16, 2021 in Santa Ana.”Glad to be here,” said Don Ariosto. “It’s better than no season, he said.”
    (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Orange fans cheer for their team while playing against Santa Ana in an Orange Coast League football game for the league championship, April 16, 2021 in Santa Ana.
    (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • A young Santa Ana fan stands for her team as they play against Orange in an Orange Coast League football game for the league championship, April 16, 2021 in Santa Ana.
    (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Orange band plays while playing against Santa Ana in an Orange Coast League football game for the league championship, April 16, 2021 in Santa Ana.
    (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Shadow dancing, the Orange cheerleaders perform while playing against Santa Ana in an Orange Coast League football game for the league championship, April 16, 2021 in Santa Ana.
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Vega accounted for 400 yards of offense and four TDs. The senior quarterback completed 13 of 19 with 267 yards and three touchdowns while also having a game-high 133 yards on the ground and a rushing TD.

“I’m just so proud to be a part of Santa Ana,” Saints coach Charlie TeGantvoort said. “We go through so much adversity, 90% of our kids have jobs after practice and yet they still come and work hard every day with a smile on their face.

“A lot of teams are built on talent, skill, but we’re built on love, and you could see the love for each other. We could’ve quit about a hundred times that game, but because we loved each other, we kept coming and it was a great game.”

Anthony Gomez hits a 19 yard field goal for a 36-34 lead. 4 seconds left pic.twitter.com/bRymXgCh3V

— David Delgado🇪🇨 (@DavidDelgado_OC) April 17, 2021

The Saints took a 30-14 lead in the third quarter after a first half that was tied at 14-14.

Their opening drive of the second half was sparked by Vega and Jason Costa, who took turns gaining large chunks of yards. The drive ended with Vega’s 1-yard touchdown run.

Isaiah Adetoye was tackled in the end zone for a safety on the ensuing possession for Orange’s (5-1, 1-1), and then Vega hit Gomez for a 47-yard TD pass on the Saints’ next play from scrimmage.

The Panthers rallied hard behind senior quarterback Daylen Pedroza, and Kobe Boykin and Xavier Hicks each scored third-quarter touchdowns to come within four points, 30-26, of the Saints.

Gomez’s first field goal gave Santa Ana a 33-26 lead with 7:42 left in the game. Orange fumbled on its next possession, but then Vega was intercepted in the end zone by Justin Harris on the next play.

The Panthers went on an 80-yard scoring drive that featured Boykin as the main catalyst. The freshman receiver capped the drive with a 4-yard touchdown catch from Pedroza, giving Orange a 34-33 advantage, their first lead of the game.

Orange coach Robert Pedroza was proud of his team’s resolve to come back and take the lead but gave credit to Santa Ana on their victory.

“We knew we were going to play tough and play until the final whistle, and we did tonight,” Pedroza said. “Our kids battled and they (Santa Ana) battled as well. It was a great high school football game. It went their way tonight and congratulations to them.”

TeGantvoort shared similar sentiments on the victory.

“Both teams played so hard,” he said. “Orange should be extremely proud of themselves. I was just happy to be a part of this game and watch it unfold.”

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Villa Park goes big for finale, beats Yorba Linda to capture Crestview League title

YORBA LINDA — Villa Park overwhelmed Yorba Linda with big plays Friday to win its sixth Crestview League football championship in seven years.

Three of the Spartans’ five touchdowns were on plays over 45 yards in the 35-21 win at Yorba Linda High.

Villa Park quarterback Nathan Kornely was the star of the game, completing 23 of 36 passes for 359 yards and two touchdowns.

  • Villa Park wide receiver Alex Grywalski has the ball knocked out of his hands by Yorba Linda middle linebacker Nicco Nicoletti in a Crestview League football game in Yorba Linda on Friday, April 16, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park corner back Jackson Christie has three Yorba Linda defenders converge on him as he gets close to the goal line in a Crestview League football game in Yorba Linda on Friday, April 16, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Yorba Linda wide receiver Chase Jones breaks away from a pair of Villa Park defenders in a Crestview League football game in Yorba Linda on Friday, April 16, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Yorba Linda running back Ethan Pocci has the ball stripped away by Villa Park cornerback Chasen Hemphill in a Crestview League football game in Yorba Linda on Friday, April 16, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park wide receiver Ty Bonilla is lifted into the air after scoring a touchdown against Yorba Linda in a Crestview League football game in Yorba Linda on Friday, April 16, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park tight end Zeus Alefosio straight arms Yorba Linda middle linebacker Wyatt Mosier in a Crestview League football game in Yorba Linda on Friday, April 16, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Yorba Linda wide receiver Garrett Gonzalez fights to get away from Villa Park safety Benjie Lewis in a Crestview League football game in Yorba Linda on Friday, April 16, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park tight end Zeus Alefosio breaks away for a big gain against Yorba Linda in a Crestview League football game in Yorba Linda on Friday, April 16, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Yorba Linda quarterback Reyn Beal tries to get away from a Villa Park defender after a blown snap in a Crestview League football game in Yorba Linda on Friday, April 16, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Yorba Linda wide receiver J J Conrad is lifted in the air after scoring a touchdown against Villa Park in a Crestview League football game in Yorba Linda on Friday, April 16, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park head coach Dusan Ancich during Friday night’s game against Yorba Linda in Yorba Linda on Friday, April 16, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer

  • Yorba Linda fans Bailee Stedman, left, and Mckenna Perez react to cheerleaders as they watch the game against Villa Park in a Crestview League football game in Yorba Linda on Friday, April 16, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Villa Park Spartans burst through their banner at the start of Friday’s game against Yorba Linda in a Crestview League football game in Yorba Linda on Friday, April 16, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

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His favorite target was Jackson Christie, who caught eight passes for 115 yards. Christie also ran for 68 yards and a touchdown.

The first half had the makings of a shootout with the score being tied at 21 at halftime. Kornely threw for 282 yards in the first half and Yorba Linda quarterback Reyn Beal threw for 211.

After Jack Marta forced and recovered a fumble for the Spartans (5-1, 3-0), Kornely threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Alex Grywalski to give them an early 7-0 lead.

On the ensuing Villa Park possession, Ty Bonilla caught a pass and was tackled on top of a Mustangs defender. He got up and ran 79 yards for a touchdown to give the Spartans a 14-0 lead. Bonilla caught six passes for 130 yards.

Yorba Linda (5-1, 2-1) answered with an 80-yd touchdown pass from Beal to JJ Conrad to cut the lead to seven.

Zeus Alefosio rumbled for a 2-yard touchdown to put Villa Park’s lead back at 14.

Beal threw touchdown passes to Chase Jones and William Payne in the second quarter to tie the game at halftime. He threw a 49-yard screen pass to Seth Gonzalez to put the Mustangs in position for the touchdown pass to Jones.

Yorba Linda’s offense moved the ball consistently the entire game but could not reach the end zone in the second half. Beal completed 17 of 28 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns. Jones caught seven passes for a team-high 120 yards.

Ethan Pocci ran for 124 yards on 17 carries for the Mustangs. Yorba Linda lost 42 yards on errant snaps and sacks which hurt its field position. Arthur Orta and Alefosio had sacks for VIlla Park.

Alefosio and Christie each broke touchdown runs of 51 and 47 yards, respectively, in the fourth quarter to seal the victory for Villa Park.

Alefosio, who has scholarship offers from Colorado and New Mexico, had 75 yards on just seven carries with two touchdowns.

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Servite rolls past Santa Margarita to finish strong for ‘special’ senior class

SANTA ANA — Servite High’s football team closed its spring season Thursday, April 15 with a reminder that it features plenty of technical execution and physicality in addition to its prized college recruits.

And one spirited student section.

The No. 2 Friars played without All-County wide receiver Tetairoa McMillan and USC-committed tight end Keyan Burnett due to injuries but used a dominating ground attack and lockdown defense to finish the coronavirus shortened and delayed season with 42-13 victory against No. 4 Santa Margarita at Santa Ana Stadium.

  • Noah Fifita (1) of Servite scores a touch down in the 3rd quarter against Santa Margarita during a Trinity League football game at Santa Ana Stadium in Santa Ana on Thursday, April 15, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Kyle Bandy (32) of Servite scores a touch down in the closing seconds of the 1st quarter against Santa Margarita in a Trinity League football game at Santa Ana Stadium in Santa Ana on Thursday, April 15, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Colt Fulton (9) of Santa Margarita breaks runs for yardage against Servite in a Trinity League football game at Santa Ana Stadium in Santa Ana on Thursday, April 15, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Noah Fifita (1) of Servite breaks through the Santa Margarita defense to score a touch down in the 3rd quarter during a Trinity League football game at Santa Ana Stadium in Santa Ana on Thursday, April 15, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Charles Sims (5) of Santa Margarita can’t stop Kyle Bandy (32) of Servite from scoring a touch down during a Trinity League football game at Santa Ana Stadium in Santa Ana on Thursday, April 15, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Emmett Mosley (15) of Servite catches a pass over the defense of Donovan Comestro (13) of Santa Margarita in the 3rd quarter during a Trinity League football game at Santa Ana Stadium in Santa Ana on Thursday, April 15, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Kyle Bandy (32) and Noah Fifita (1) of Servite celebrate after Bandy scored a touch down in the closing seconds of the 1st quarter against Santa Margarita in a Trinity League football game at Santa Ana Stadium in Santa Ana on Thursday, April 15, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Ian Grogan (19) of Santa Margarita prepares to dive into the end zone to score a touch down against Santa Margarita in a Trinity League football game at Santa Ana Stadium in Santa Ana on Thursday, April 15, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Noah Fifita (1) of Servite pushes through the Santa Margarita defense to score a touch down in the 2nd quarter during a Trinity League football game at Santa Ana Stadium in Santa Ana on Thursday, April 15, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Noah Avinger (11) of Servite tackles Samuel Caspino (8) of Santa Margarita in a Trinity League football game at Santa Ana Stadium in Santa Ana on Thursday, April 15, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Houston Thomas (20) and Ty McDowell of Servite celebrate after Thomas scored a touch down against Santa Margarita in the 3rd quarter during a Trinity League football game at Santa Ana Stadium in Santa Ana on Thursday, April 15, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Chris Hernandez (40) of Servite steps into the end zone for a touchdown in the 4th quarter to widen Servite’s lead over Santa Margarita 41-7 in a Trinity League football game at Santa Ana Stadium in Santa Ana on Thursday, April 15, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Servites football team performs warmup exercises before a Trinity League football game against Santa Margarita at Santa Ana Stadium in Santa Ana on Thursday, April 15, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Santa Margarita football team warms up before a Trinity League football game against Servite at Santa Ana Stadium in Santa Ana on Thursday, April 15, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Santa Margarita football team participates in a prayer before the Trinity League football game against Servite at Santa Ana Stadium in Santa Ana on Thursday, April 15, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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Kyle Bandy and Houston Thomas combined for 182 yards on the ground and cornerback Noah Avinger led a stellar effort by the secondary as the Friars (3-2, 4-2) clinched third place outright in the Trinity League.

“Typical Servite kids, they’re smart and tough,” Friars coach Troy Thomas said. “I’m really proud of our guys. Our guys wanted to finish the right way. It was really important to them to finish for our seniors. This is a special group of seniors. They were freshmen when I came in.”

Bandy, a senior running back, rushed for 103 yards on 14 carries, including two first-half touchdowns. He broke a 31-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-two to give the Friars the lead for good on the final play of the opening period.

Thomas, a junior and the son of the coach, had 17 carries for 79 yards, including a touchdown.

Arizona-committed quarterback Noah Fifita, also a junior, rushed for two scores and senior running back Chris Hernandez added one.

Servite racked up 237 yards on the ground behind an offensive line that featured seniors Will Leys, Bryce Leos and Connor McClure, juniors Mason Graham and Josiah Laban, sophomore Vaka Hansen and junior tight end Ty McDowell filling in for Burnett.

“The offensive line was pretty good,” Bandy said. “They did everything they had to do. It was a really good game to run the ball.”

Servite’s secondary made it a tough night for senior quarterback Colt Fulton to throw the ball. The left-handed seemed to have few open receivers against a secondary led by Avinger and Michael Hurst at cornerback and seniors Jack Kane and Nick Jako at safety.

Kane grabbed his third interception that led to a second-half touchdown while Hurst, a junior, recorded a tackle for loss and broke up a pass. Avinger helped blank senior wide receive Reymello Murphy in the first half and Jako recorded a tackle for loss.

“Our kids really studied their film,” Thomas said of his secondary. “One of the biggest things about Servite is that we’re smart. If just stay together, stay calm, we can make the adjustment, and they do.”

Ben Florentine and Hansen added sacks for the Friars, who held the Eagles (2-3, 1-3) to 162 yards offense.

Fulton completed 14 of 29 passes, including a short touchdown in the second-half for Murphy. Ian Grogan rushed for a score in the first half for the Eagles.

“They’re short-handed a little bit but they played tough,” Santa Margarita coach Anthony Rouzier said of Servite. “It’s hard to win when you don’t stop the run.”

The Friars’ student section was warned by the officials in the first half about not banging its drum right before the Eagles’ play and soon compiled with the request. But the section, nicknamed the Asylum, stayed vocal throughout and pushed a team already playing for its seniors.

“The seniors really have been through a lot,” Bandy said. “This is a great win for us. We dominated on both sides of the ball, and it was just perfect.”

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Cypress ‘feels great’ about earning share of league title with win over Kennedy

ANAHEIM — An opportunity to go unbeaten in the Empire League in consecutive seasons was squandered by Cypress last week when it lost to Pacifica.

The Centurions (4-1, 4-1) made sure to end this season on a winning note as they recorded a 31-8 victory over Kennedy on Thursday night at Western High.

Cypress coach Rick Feldman said he started 10 underclassmen on offense in the season finale and was grateful to send his seniors off with at least a share of the Empire League title in back-to-back seasons.

“We lost a lot (of players), so we didn’t know what it was gonna be like coming back (this season), but they just picked up where our defense left off last year,” Feldman said. “It feels great to win league twice in a row, at least get a share of it this second year.”

Junior quarterback Dylan Eldredge threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns and sophomore Matthew Morrell caught seven passes for 207 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Centurions.

Cypress only needed three plays to open the scoring as Eldredge hit Morrell with a beautifully timed pass in stride for a 46-yard strike and a 7-0 lead.

Kennedy (1-4, 1-4) countered when Alex Herrera hit Hunter Benton for a 40-yard pass that gave the Fighting Irish first-and-goal at the Cypress 9. Benton finished with seven catches and 129 yards.

The Centurions kept Kennedy out of the end zone on the next three plays and when Richard Celis lined up for a 22-yard field goal, Muhammed Hassouneh blocked that attempt to keep them off the scoreboard entirely.

Tomas Ramirez scored on a 10-yard jet sweep in the second quarter to double Cypress’ lead, 14-0.

The Centurions made it 21-0 when Eldredge found Morrell for a 58-yard touchdown pass on a trick play.

In the third quarter Devin Cobb scored on an 8-yard reception from Eldredge and a blocked punt helped set up a 28-yard field goal by Michael Lajos to make it 31-0.

Feldman credited his staff, especially defensive coordinator Jeff Crooks, with constructing a successful game plan that held the Fighting Irish to eight points, which game on a fourth-quarter TD catch by AJ Frieson.

“He dials up great game plans and gets them fired up and ready to go every week as well,” Feldman said of Crooks.

Seniors Ryan Alamo, Michael Bygrave and Jake Ruiz helped anchor the defensive effort against Kennedy’s running game, and Alamo was also in on a couple of sacks of quarterback Alex Herrera, who was replaced in the second half by Kaos Devinney.

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