Foothill defensive end Nicholas Fryhoff finds winning combination at Penn

The University of Pennsylvania’s combination of football and academics was too enticing for Nicholas Fryhoff to resist.

The Foothill High defensive end recently committed to the Ivy League contender, picking the Quakers over a few other schools, including Arizona of the Pac-12.

“I have a chance to join the Wharton School at UPenn, which is the top business school in the country,” Fryhoff, a senior, explained.

“By being a part of a program like this, as well as having the opportunity to build connections with so many people involved with Wharton, UPenn puts me in the best position to reach my full potential in the professional world.

“In regards to athletics, the UPenn football family is unlike any other. Their top-notch facilities and amazing coaching staff produce some of the best athletes in the Ivy League, including a few NFL players.”

Last fall, Fryhoff (6-5, 235) helped Foothill win the North Hills League title and go 11-1 overall. The Knights beat Villa Park and Yorba Linda in nonleague games.

Fryhoff was a second-team all-North Hills League selection from a strong defense.

He is the second class of 2021 recruit from Orange County to commit to Penn, joining St. Margaret’s defensive lineman Nick Ostund.

The duo continues a strong flow of O.C. football recruits to Penn. Last season, former St. Margaret’s wide out Ryan Cragun led the Quakers in receiving with 58 catches for 885 yards. JSerra products Nick Robinson and Sam Philippi were standouts at quarterback and defensive back, respectively.

La Habra quarterback Ryan Zanelli and Mater Dei outside linebacker Nate White are freshmen to watch. Penn last earned a share of the Ivy League title in 2016.

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Magnolia High selects Thavis Miller as new football coach

Thavis Miller credits the lessons he learned playing football for helping him succeed as a father, husband and coach.

Now, he’s ready to pass on those teachings to Magnolia High.

The father of six and former collegiate assistant has been has hired as the Sentinels’ football coach, he said on Thursday, Sept. 24. It’s Miller’s first head coaching position.

“It’s about giving back,” he said.

Miller, a walk-on who also works as a job coach in Los Alamitos High’s adult transition program, replaces three-year coach Desmond Hernandez, now an assistant and full-time physical education teacher at Portola.

Hernandez was not a full-time teacher at Magnolia — he served as substitute teacher.

Miller was a defensive line coach the University La Verne from 2017-18. Before that, he served as an assistant at Cerritos College.

He has been an assistant high school coach in Iowa and North Dakota, rising to defensive coordinator at Boone (Iowa) and North (North Dakota), respectively.

Miller was an all-state high school football player at Wilcox in Georgia and became an all-conference defensive lineman at Iowa Wesleyan.

He also played two years for Milwaukee in the Arena Football League.

Miller is married to former Pacifica star softball player Brittany Weil, now an assistant at Loyola Marymount.

The couple has six children, including standout high school athletes Zatyvion (Los Alamitos/Cerritos College football), Lataviah (Buena Park basketball) and Tajavis (Servite basketball).

Tajavis, a junior point guard, holds offers from Washington State, LMU, San Diego and Pepperdine.

Zatyvion was the Sunset League’s defensive lineman of the year last season. Lataviah, a senior, averaged about 17 points and 11 rebounds last season.

In 2019, Magnolia won seven games on the field (one victory was forfeited for an ineligible player) after winning a combined three games its first two seasons under Hernandez.

Miller said he will focus on the character development of his players. He also aims to build off the success Hernandez experienced last season and take “the next step.”

“The challenge is something I felt I’m up for,” he said.

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Beau Green, Turlock quarterback with Auburn offer, enrolls at Mater Dei

The quarterback competition at Mater Dei High has an intriguing new entry.

Beau Green, who missed last season at Turlock in the Central Valley due to an injury but holds an offer from Auburn, has enrolled at Mater Dei, the junior said Friday, Sept. 11.

Green (6-2, 210) didn’t play his sophomore campaign because of labrum surgery on his right, throwing shoulder but recovered to train well over the summer.

“The highlight (of the summer) was getting an extended period of time to really work on my mechanics and clean up my stroke,” Green said. “Another thing that has been nice is finally getting in contact with a lot of college coaches since Sept. 1.”

Green also has been offered by William & Mary, a FCS school.

He played his freshman season at Thomas Downey in Modesto.

Green said he starts distance learning with Mater Dei on Monday. The Trinity League school plans to return to in-person instruction in its hybrid plan on Sept. 22, the first day Orange County high schools can reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The confirmation of Green’s transfer arrives as news of Miller Moss’ departure surfaced this week. The USC-committed quarterback transferred to Mater Dei in June but has returned to Alemany with a plan to graduate early.

Mater Dei is seeking to replace two-year starting quarterback Bryce Young, now a freshman and the No. 2 quarterback at Alabama. Other top contenders for the spot are junior Emmett Brown and sophomore Parker Awad.

Brown transferred to Mater Dei from San Marcos in the offseason while Awad was the freshman quarterback at Mater Dei last season.

Mater Dei quarterback Tobey Schmidt transferred to Maranatha earlier in the offseason.

Please send football news to Dan Albano at dalbano@scng.com or @ocvarsityguy on Twitter

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College commits Thomas Bouda, Jake Trachtman raise profile of Corona del Mar linemen

Corona del Mar High football has become known for its record-setting quarterbacks and wide receivers, and gifted tight ends.

But don’t forget about the Sea Kings’ linemen, especially in the class of 2021.

Seniors Thomas Bouda and Jake Trachtman both recently committed to college programs.

Bouda (6-4, 270) committed to Army as a defensive tackle while Trachtman (6-7, 295) committed to Cal Poly SLO as an offensive tackle.

Bouda said he picked Army for its academics, camaraderie, coaching staff and opportunities after football.

“Army is the No. 1 leadership school in the country and I want to be part of something that is bigger than me,” he said.

Trachtman said he is excited to attend Cal Poly SLO, a member of the Big Sky Conference and another school with a strong reputation for academics.

At Corona del Mar, Bouda and Trachtman also team up to play offensive line. Bouda was the Sunset League’s offensive lineman of the year last season.

Both players helped the Sea Kings finish 16-0 last season with CIF-SS Division 3 and CIF State Division 1-A titles. Corona del Mar’s 16-game winning streak is the third longest active streak in the state.

Please send football recruiting news to Dan Albano at dalbano@scng.com or @ocvarsityguy on Twitter

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Magnolia football coach Desmond Hernandez resigns after three seasons

Magnolia High football coach Desmond Hernandez, who turned around the Sentinels the past three seasons, has resigned, he confirmed Thursday night.

In an Instagram post, Hernandez said he accepted a physical education teaching position at another high school, which he didn’t mention by name.

When contacted, Hernandez said he couldn’t yet discuss his destination.

Last season, Hernandez led Magnolia to seven victories on the field (one victory was forfeited for an ineligible player) after the school won three games combined his first two seasons.

Magnolia (6-4) placed third in the Orange League and notched its first winning season since 2008.

But Hernandez also helped the team overcoming a fire last summer that destroyed an on-campus equipment shed with football gear.

Magnolia returns a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in seniors Lloyd Marshbanks and Joseph Lariz. But the Orange League looks tougher with arrival of Western, a CIF-SS champion in 2018. Katella has dominated the league the last several seasons.

Hernandez is the third Orange League coach to resign since last season, joining the retired Fred DiPalma (Katella) and Larry Mohr (Santa Ana Valley).

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Servite defensive back Noah Avinger commits to San Diego State, sets sibling reunion

The Avinger siblings are set to reunite in college.

Servite High wide receiver/defensive back Noah Avinger (5-11, 165) on Thursday committed to San Diego State, the same school that signed his twin sister Asia Avinger for women’s basketball last year and received a commitment in July from his brother Lucky Avinger for football.

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— Noah.avinger1 (@NAvinger1) August 20, 2020

Asia Avinger was The Register’s female athlete of the year for 2019-20 after a stellar season with Rosary, which advanced to its second consecutive CIF State Division 1 championship game. The final wasn’t played because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Lucky Avinger (6-1, 215) is a running back from Fullerton College and La Habra High. Last season, he rushed for 240 yards and three TDs for the Hornets.

Noah Avinger led Servite last season with four interceptions and earned first-team All-Trinity League honors. He picked the Aztecs over several Pac-12 offers, including Oregon, Utah, Arizona and Arizona State.

San Diego State’s recruiting class for 2021 also includes another former Trinity League standout defensive back: New Zealand Williams. The former JSerra safety is now at St. Bernard of Playa Del Rey. Williams was a second-team All-Trinity League selection last season.

The Aztecs’ secondary includes former Santa Ana and Godinez standout Patrick McMorris.

Please send football recruiting news to Dan Albano at dalbano@scng.com or @ocvarsityguy on Twitter

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Legendary Mater Dei football coach Dick Coury dies at age 91

Legendary former Mater Dei football coach Dick Coury, who helped build the Monarchs into a powerhouse before embarking on a long and successful career at the collegiate and professional levels, died Saturday, Aug. 15, announced Lake Oswego High in Oregon, where Coury’s son Steve is the football coach.

The announcement, from the official twitter account of the Lake Oswego football program, said Coury was 91.

“He treated everyone he came in contact with like they were the most important person in the world,” Lake Oswego tweeted. “Even with all of his accomplishments in coaching, he will be remembered more for the type of person he was.”

Rest In Peace coach Dick Coury. #Family #LakerNation pic.twitter.com/wY9rfOkD7n

— LO Lakers Football (@LOLakersFB) August 16, 2020

Coury coached Mater Dei for nine seasons in the late 1950s to the mid-1960s, leading the Monarchs to three CIF-SS titles and seven league titles. His combined record was 85-9-5 from 1957 to 1965.

Coury went on to serve as defensive coordinator for USC and became Cal State Fullerton’s first football coach in 1970.

He was part of the Trojans’ coaching staff for their 1967 national championship. In his two seasons at Cal State Fullerton, he compiled a 13-8-1 record.

Coury was an assistant coach for several NFL teams, including the L.A. and St. Louis Rams.

He served as an assistant with the Eagles in 1981 when they lost to the Raiders in the Super Bowl.

Coury also coached in the World Football League and United States Football League. He was the USFL’s coach of the year in 1983.

The family has informed us that Dick Coury has passed away at the age of 90. Coury coached all three seasons with the #USFL Breakers in Boston, New Orleans and Portland. He also coached with the @steelers, @Broncos, @Chargers, @Eagles, @RamsNFL, @Patriots, @Vikings and Oilers. pic.twitter.com/s8uL2q9SNw

— The USFL Project (@theusflproject) August 16, 2020

While he helped with the Lake Oswego team, Coury also could be spotted at Mater Dei in retirement. He attended the Monarchs’ pre-game ceremony for the 1950 and 1960 team in 2015.

Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson, who hoisted Coury’s arm before the 2015 game, played for Coury at Mater Dei.

“I’ve known Coach Coury since around the seventh grade and have always admired him as both a great coach and a great person,” said Phil Anton, a longtime observer of Orange County football and former chairman of the county all-star game.

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Santa Margarita quarterback Colt Fulton motivated to improve while preparing for season

Colt Fulton wishes the high school football season could start this fall but he has important plans for the march toward kickoff.

The Santa Margarita senior quarterback aims to improve a skill set that has landed him five college offers and positioned him for a breakout season come Jan. 8, 2021.

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound left-handed passer wants to increase his strength and fine-tune throwing mechanics during the delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’m just using this time as an opportunity to get better,” Fulton said this week. “I get an extra four months to really focus on what I need to get better at but also (the time) is a negative because I love playing in the fall. But as long as I’m playing (at some point), it’s not a big deal.”

Fulton flashed his upside last season at Santa Margarita, his first since transferring from Centennial of Corona. Despite playing with an inexperienced offense, he showed a strong arm, good footwork and toughness in the pocket in passing for 1,361 yards and seven touchdowns.

Fulton passed for season-high 274 yards and two TDs in a 35-21 loss against Sierra Canyon in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs.

The Eagles finished 3-8 overall, 0-5 in the Trinity League but college scouts have noticed Fulton. He has been offered by San Diego, Bucknell, Yale, Northern Colorado and Florida Atlantic.

Fulton also is receiving interest from Cal, Rutgers and Houston.

“I feel thankful but there’s definitely some offers that I still waiting for,” he said. “It’s definitely going to have to be senior-year film for me.”

In January, Fulton will debut under new Santa Margarita coach Tim Walsh, the former Cal Poly SLO coach and returning offensive coordinator Tim Holt. The Eagles will continue to run the spread offense with the run-pass option.

Fulton recently began training privately with Chris Flores at STARS in Anaheim. Flores has also worked with quarterbacks such as Bryce Young (Mater Dei/Alabama), DJ Uiagalelei (St. John Bosco/Clemson) and Los Alamitos sophomore Malachi Nelson.

Another positive for Fulton will be his offensive line. The group now includes the return of Brody Crane from JSerra.

Senior Tyler Wetmore (5-10, 183) leads the receiving group. The slot was recently offered by Penn.

“Everyone is going to be pretty shocked how good we are and how improved we are,” Fulton said. “I’m excited.”

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Mater Dei All-County cornerback Jaylin Davies to forgo revised football season, enroll early at Oregon

Jaylin Davies watched the standouts before him at Mater Dei make the early leap to college football.

As a freshman, he saw quarterback JT Daniels blaze a new path, reclassifying to enroll at USC.

As a sophomore, it was wide receiver Bru McCoy who enrolled early with the Trojans.

And last year, all eyes were on quarterback Bryce Young, who graduated early to join Alabama.

Davies spotted the potential collegiate boost in the decisions and wanted to follow the same path.

The All-County cornerback never imagined he would need to miss his senior season to make it a reality.

But with Monday’s announcement that the high school football season will be delayed to an early January start, Davies (6-1, 165) has decided to forgo his senior season with the Monarchs to graduate early and enroll at Oregon.

“It’s tough but the decision was made a long time ago when I was a freshman,” he explained. “(I) just never thought my senior season would be pushed back until spring.”

The coronavirus pandemic has forced plenty of change, including the news that the football season in the CIF-SS aims to start Jan. 8, 2021 and play through mid-April. Davies aims to be part of the Ducks’ program by then.

He will miss more than the season.

Davies said he will miss Coach Bruce Rollinson and the coaching staff and going to In-N-Out Burger with his friends.

And the Monarchs will miss Davies. He will be remembered as clutch performer who filled big shoes after the unexpected transfers of cornerbacks Elias Ricks and Darion Green-Warren. Davies also helped seal a victory against St. John Bosco for Trinity League title last season.

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Tracking the fall sports plans for Orange County school districts and private schools

A look at what the Orange County school districts and private schools have announced about their plans for the start of the 2020-21 school year.

School campuses were shut down and all sports activities were stopped in mid-March during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools are currently working on plans for the new school year while receiving recommendations, from health agencies and other groups, regarding how to protect the well-being of students and teachers during the pandemic.

OCVarsity will be tracking announcements about plans for sports activities and whether schools will open their campuses (for in-person instruction) or have closed campuses (distance learning only).

Administrators have been saying that schools with closed campuses aren’t expected to allow any sports activities until their campus is reopened.

Here is where things stand as of Tuesday, July 14:

ORANGE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Anaheim Union (starting Aug. 12): Plan is TBD

Brea Olinda Unified (starting Aug. 17): Plan is TBD

Notable: District board of education meeting on Thursday, July 16.

Capistrano Unified (starting Aug. 18): Plan is TBD

Notable: District board of trustees meeting on Wednesday, July 15.

Fullerton Joint Union (starting Aug. 11): Plan is TBD

Garden Grove (starting Aug. 24): Plan is TBD

Huntington Beach Union (starting Sept. 3): Plan is TBD

Irvine Unified (starting Aug. 20): Plan is TBD

Notable: District board meeting on Tuesday, July 14.

Laguna Beach (starting Aug. 24): Plan is TBD

Los Alamitos (starting Aug. 31): Plan is TBD

Newport-Mesa Unified (starting Aug. 24): Plan is TBD

Orange Unified (starting Aug. 19): Plan is TBD

Placentia-Yorba Linda (starting Sept. 1): Plan is TBD

Saddleback Valley (starting Aug. 17): Plan is TBD

Santa Ana Unified (starting date Aug. 10): Announced July 14 it will begin the year with distance learning only, campus closed. Plan for sports is TBD.

Tustin Unified (starting Aug. 13): Plan is TBD

 

PRIVATE  SCHOOLS                         

JSerra (starting Aug. 10): In-class instruction, campus open. Sports plan is TBD.

Mater Dei (starting Aug. 10): Plan is TBD

Orange Lutheran (starting Aug. 17): Plan is TBD

Santa Margarita (starting Aug. 12): Plan is TBD

Servite (starting Aug. 11): Plan is TBD

Rosary (starting Aug. 10): Plan is TBD

St. Margaret’s (starting Aug. 24): Plan is TBD

Crean Lutheran (starting Aug. 18): On-campus instruction or online-only options; campus is open. Sports plan is TBD.

Capistrano Valley Christian (starting Aug. 19): On-campus instruction or online-only options; campus is open. Sports plan is TBD.

Orangewood Academy (starting Aug. 17): Plan is TBD

Fairmont Prep (starting Aug. 17:) On-campus instruction or online-only options; campus is open. Sports plan is TBD.

Fairmont SJC (starting Aug. 17:) On-campus instruction or online-only options; campus is open. Sports plan is TBD.

Sage Hill (starting Aug. 24): Plan is TBD

Pacifica Christian (start date TBD): Plan is TBD

Samueli Academy (starting Aug. 12) Plan is TBD

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