OCVarsity football wrap-up: All the stories, scores, photos from Friday’s Week 9 games


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This is the place to find all of OCVarsity’s game stories, photos, scores and more from the high school football games on Friday, plus our coverage of the games Thursday.

FRIDAY’S GAMES

SCORES

High school football: All of the scores from Friday’s Week 9 games

PHOTO GALLERY

High school football: Our top photos from Friday’s Week 9 games

GAME STORIES

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

Trey Kukuk has ‘amazing’ night as Capistrano Valley football tops Trabuco Hills in epic contest

Isaiah Quintero leads El Dorado football’s stunning finish to beat Canyon

Garden Grove football gets big boost from Malachi Bey to rally past Marina

Rancho Alamitos football beats Santiago with wild finish, clinches share of league title

Malachi Nelson adds his name to record book in Los Alamitos football’s rout of Huntington Beach

St. John Bosco football dominates Santa Margarita as Rayshon Luke scores three TDs

Magnolia cancels Orange League football game with Savanna because of COVID-19 issue

THURSDAY’S GAMES

Tobey Schmidt’s 507 yards passing among the highlights for Tustin football in romp against Valencia

Segerstrom football keeps playoff hopes alive by holding off Katella

Cypress football rolls over Kennedy to clinch share of Empire title

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High school football: All of the scores from Friday’s Week 9 games


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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

CIF-SS

ALMONT LEAGUE

Bell Gardens 53, Keppel 0

San Gabriel 28, Alhambra 18

Schurr 48, Montebello 12

AMBASSADOR LEAGUE

Aquinas 45, Linfield Christian 7

Ontario Christian 52, Western Christian 18

ANGELUS LEAGUE

St. Paul 52, Crespi 35

Loyola 6, St. Francis 3

BASELINE LEAGUE

Etiwanda 30, Rancho Cucamonga 28

BAY LEAGUE

Mira Costa 30, Peninsula 18

Palos Verdes 36, Culver City 17

Redondo 26, Santa Monica 14

BIG 4 LEAGUE

Garden Grove 17, Marina 7

BIG VIII LEAGUE

Centennial 64, Roosevelt 0

Norco 55, King 0

CAMINO LEAGUE

Bishop Diego 55. Moorpark 0

Camarillo 36, Newbury Park 29

CAMINO REAL LEAGUE

Cantwell-Sacred Heart 46, Bishop Montgomery 24

CANYON LEAGUE

Oak Park 31, Royal 28

Thousand Oaks 23, Agoura 13

CHANNEL LEAGUE

Lompoc 64, Oxnard 28

Pacifica 24, Rio Mesa 14

Santa Barbara 45, Dos Pueblos 17

CITRUS 4 LEAGUE

Colony 49, South Hills 6

Glendora 24, Los Osos 7

CITRUS COAST LEAGUE

Fillmore 57, Santa Paula 7

Hueneme 48, Carpinteria 0

CRESTVIEW LEAGUE

Foothill 35, Villa Park 28

Yorba Linda 34, El Modena 6

CROSS VALLEY LEAGUE

Vasquez 30, Silver Valley 26

DEL REY LEAGUE

Salesian 39, Mary Star 21

DEL RIO LEAGUE

California 48, Whittier 14

La Serna 42, El Rancho 7

DESERT EMPIRE LEAGUE

Palm Desert 36, Rancho Mirage 13

Shadow Hills 7, Palm Springs 0

Xavier Prep 28, La Quinta 27

DESERT SKY LEAGUE

Granite Hills 36, Victor Valley 33

Silverado 28, Adelanto 24

DESERT VALLEY LEAGUE

Cathedral City 31, Yucca Valley 14

Indio 47, Desert Hot Springs 14

EMPIRE LEAGUE

Pacifica 41, Crean Lutheran 6

FOOTHILL LEAGUE

Hart 37, Canyon 6

Saugus 42, West Ranch 8

Valencia 28, Golden Valley 14

FREEWAY LEAGUE

La Habra 68, Buena Park 6

Sunny Hills 49, Sonora 14

Troy 44, Fullerton 10

GARDEN GROVE LEAGUE

Rancho Alamitos 25, Santiago 22

La Quinta 35, Los Amigos 28

GOLD COAST LEAGUE

Brentwood 48, Viewpoint 19

GOLDEN LEAGUE

Palmdale 56, Lancaster 0

HACIENDA LEAGUE

Diamond Bar 34, Nogales 20

INLAND VALLEY LEAGUE

Moreno Valley 42, Canyon Springs 13

Vista del Lago 17, Riverside Poly 0

IVY LEAGUE

Elsinore 76, Notre Dame 23

Heritage 17, Rancho Verde 6

MARMONTE LEAGUE

Oaks Christian 38, Calabasas 13

St. Bonaventure 27, Westlake 17

MIRAMONTE LEAGUE

Garey 41, La Puente 18

MISSION LEAGUE

Bishop Amat 29, Chaminade 18

Serra 30, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 10

MOJAVE RIVER LEAGUE

Hesperia 35, Ridgecrest Burroughs 12

Oak Hills 21, Apple Valley 14

Serrano 20, Sultana 6

MOORE LEAGUE

Compton 26, Lakewood 14

Millikan 62, Cabrillo 0

MOUNTAIN PASS LEAGUE

San Jacinto 51, Perris 0

West Valley 19, Citrus Hill 16

MOUNTAIN VALLEY LEAGUE

Indian Springs 48, Rubidoux 28

MOUNTAIN WEST LEAGUE

Alta Loma 24, Charter Oak 21

Ayala 35, Bonita 14

MT. BALDY 4 LEAGUE

Hacienda Heights Wilson 47, Workman 0

NORTH HILLS LEAGUE

Brea Olinda 41, Esperanza 21

El Dorado 30, Canyon 21

OCEAN LEAGUE

Compton Centennial 30, Morningside, 24

Hawthorne 43, Beverly Hills 8

Inglewood 31, Leuzinger 0

OLYMPIC LEAGUE

Cerritos Valley Christian 62, Heritage Christian 26

Village Christian 48, Whittier Christian 0

ORANGE LEAGUE

Anaheim 50, Santa Ana Valley 35

Western 52, Century 0

ORANGE COAST LEAGUE

Orange 55, Saddleback 13

Santa Ana 56, Costa Mesa 0

Calvary Chapel/SA 24, Estancia 7

PAC 4 LEAGUE

Laguna Beach 48, Ocean View 14

PACIFIC LEAGUE

Burbank 48, Crescenta Valley 25

Muir 20, Burbank Burroughs 0

Pasadena 56, Arcadia 10

PACIFIC HILLS LEAGUE

Irvine 21, Portola 17

Dana Hills 55, Laguna Hills 23

PACIFIC VALLEY LEAGUE

Beckman 30, University 14

Northwood 35, Woodbridge 13

PACIFIC VIEW LEAGUE

Buena 29, Ventura 28

San Marcos 40, Cabrillo 0

Santa Ynez 47, Channel Islands 7

PIONEER LEAGUE

Lawndale 56, South Torrance 7

West Torrance 29, El Segundo 27

RIO HONDO LEAGUE

Monrovia 55, Temple City 6

South Pasadena 24, San Marino 21

RIVER VALLEY LEAGUE

Norte Vista 28, Hillcrest 0

Ramona 42, Patriot 26

SAN ANDREAS LEAGUE

Summit 56, Colton 0

SAN ANTONIO LEAGUE

Chaffey 42, Don Lugo 6

West Covina 10, Claremont 7

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY LEAGUE

Dominguez 27, Paramount 7

Downey 62, Lynwood 6

SANTA FE LEAGUE

Verbum Dei 13, St. Monica 6

SEA VIEW LEAGUE

Capistrano Valley 59, Trabuco Hills 56

El Toro 31, Aliso Niguel 17

SIERRA LEAGUE

Rowland 14, Pomona 6

SKYLINE LEAGUE

Arroyo Valley 21, Fontana 3

Rim of the World 50, Rialto 6

SOUTH COAST LEAGUE

Mission Viejo 42, San Juan Hills 22

San Clemente 49, Tesoro 35

SOUTH VALLEY LEAGUE

California Military 12, Santa Rosa Academy 7

SOUTHWESTERN LEAGUE

Chaparral 39, Great Oak 15

Murrieta Valley 49, Vista Murrieta 48

SUBURBAN LEAGUE

La Mirada 33, Bellflower 12

Mayfair 48, Norwalk 7

SUNBELT LEAGUE

Riverside North 54, Valley View 7

SUNKIST LEAGUE

Jurupa Hills 41, Kaiser 7

SUNSET LEAGUE

Corona del Mar 35, Newport Harbor 12

Edison 51, Fountain Valley 0

Los Alamitos 49, Huntington Beach 14

TRINITY LEAGUE

Orange Lutheran 9, JSerra 7

St. John Bosco 41, Santa Margarita 16

VALLE VISTA LEAGUE

Northview 21, San Dimas 7

NONLEAGUE

Arrowhead Christian 48, Maranatha 14

Lakeside 49, Tahquitz 20

Rio Hondo Prep 41, Rancho Christian 6

Firebaugh 26, Belmont 6

Hoover 18, Contreras 7

St. Margaret’s 55, Calipatria 0

L.A. CITY

CENTRAL LEAGUE

Marquez 36, Bernstein 0

Maywood CES 36, Mendez 20

COLISEUM LEAGUE

Dorsey 42, Fremont 6

EAST VALLEY LEAGUE

Arleta 27, Grant 6

North Hollywood 43, Monroe 14

EASTERN LEAGUE

Huntington Park 19, Legacy 18

L.A. Roosevelt 49, Bell 0

South Gate 42, South East 36

MARINE LEAGUE

San Pedro 50, Carson 0

Banning 42, Narbonne 7

METRO LEAGUE

Dymally 56, Washington 14

NORTHERN LEAGUE

Eagle Rock 55, Torres 0

Lincoln 52, Franklin 34

SOUTHERN LEAGUE

Los Angeles 44, Roybal 0

VALLEY MISSION LEAGUE

Canoga Park 42, Van Nuys 0

Granada Hills Kennedy 26, Sylmar 21

San Fernando 13, Panorama 0

WEST VALLEY LEAGUE

Birmingham 56, Chatsworth 6

Cleveland 20, Granada Hills 8

El Camino Real 49, Taft 14

WESTERN LEAGUE

Palisades 51, Fairfax 0

Venice 40, L.A. Hamilton 7

Westchester 49, L.A. University 0

NONLEAGUE

L.A. Wilson 48, Locke 6

Reseda 34, Hawkins 0

Sun Valley Poly 32, New Designs Watts 14

8 MAN

CIF-SS

AGAPE LEAGUE

Hesperia Christian 52, PAL Academy 8

MT. PINOS LEAGUE

Faith Baptist 58, Malibu 6

PREP LEAGUE

Windward 33, Flintridge Prep 0

NONLEAGUE

Grace Brethren 66, Leadership Military 8

Lone Pine 48, Lancaster Baptist 46

L.A. CITY

NONLEAGUE

Animo Robinson 44, East Valley 0

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Trey Kukuk has ‘amazing’ night as Capistrano Valley football tops Trabuco Hills in epic contest


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MISSION VIEJO >> With so much on the line for Capistrano Valley and Trabuco Hills in a tight Sea View League race, it was natural to expect that both football teams would battle to the end Friday night.

But no one probably expected an instant classic that will probably be talked about for a long time.

Trey Kukuk nearly broke an Orange County record as he passed for 611 yards to lead Capistrano Valley to a 59-56 victory over Trabuco Hills at Capistrano Valley High.

Kukuk finished 2 yards short of the OC record held by Connor Manning, who threw for 613 yards in a game for El Toro in 2012.

Following a Drew Barrett 2-yard touchdown run that gave Trabuco Hills the lead with less than a minute left, Kukuk drove the Cougars down the field. He connected with Dane Benedix for a 30-yard touchdown pass to give Capo Valley the lead with six seconds left.

“This was amazing,” Kukuk said. “We talked earlier after the tough loss last week (to El Toro). All week we talked about coming together as a family. We talked about battling for all four quarters and that is exactly what we did. It came down to the last second.

“I’m just so proud of this team. Everyone did their part and everyone stuck together and we finished the game out. That was an amazing game.”

Postgame interview with Trey Kukuk of Capo Valley, who carried the Cougars to an instant classic victory with 611 passing yards, 2 yards short of the OC Record.@ocvarsity @capofootball @CapoValleyHS @CVHSCAGE pic.twitter.com/78Ey3BPHv6

— Manny Alvarez (@MAlvarez02) October 23, 2021

Kukuk also rushed for 102 yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns. He completed 39 of 61 passes with six touchdowns to go with the ninth-most passing yards in state history.

Kukuk had three receivers with more than 100 yards receiving, led by Benedix with 16 receptions for 259 yards and two scores.

Owen Taylor caught 11 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown, and Mark Hopkins caught nine passes for 129 yards and three touchdowns for the Cougars.

“We’ll definitely think about this game for years to come,” Benedix said. “All the seniors will remember this. This was Senior Night for us. This is a game everyone is going to remember.”

Correction, 16 catches for 259 yards and 2 touchdowns. Forgot to write in the game winner on the stat sheet as I was in shock! https://t.co/YmtSRMb1W3

— Manny Alvarez (@MAlvarez02) October 23, 2021

Trabuco Hills (7-2, 1-1) and Capistrano Valley (5-4, 1-1) are tied for second place in the league standings. El Toro is in first with a 2-0 record. The league finishes up next week with Trabuco Hills at El Toro and Capistrano Valley at Aliso Niguel (0-2 in league) on Friday, Oct. 29.

The league’s top two finishers automatically qualify for the CIF-SS playoffs.

Trabuco Hills held a 35-24 lead at halftime Friday and had a 35-31 lead at the end of the third quarter.

After Capo Valley took the lead in the fourth quarter, the Mustangs took back the lead, and then went on for the rest of the quarter. There was a staggering seven lead changes in the quarter.

“I’m just so proud of this team,” Capo Valley coach Sean Curtis said. “We’ve stuck together through adversity this whole year, with the teams we have played this year that gave us their best shot week in and week out. Last week we felt like we didn’t play well enough to beat El Toro. We were waiting to play our best game. Obviously, we still have some things to fix on defense, but Trey is a special player.”

Postgame interview with Capo Valley coach Sean Curtis as his Cougars get a win in an insane thriller!@ocvarsity @capofootball @CapoValleyHS @CVHSCAGE pic.twitter.com/SbHXy9gWYN

— Manny Alvarez (@MAlvarez02) October 23, 2021

Jackson Sievers had 11 tackles for the Cougars.

Barrett rushed for 218 yards with five touchdowns on 24 carries, and Will Burns rushed for 139 yards on 13 carries and two scores for the Mustangs.

Dylan Hagen had 10 tackles and Noah Gerrish had two sacks.

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Rancho Alamitos football beats Santiago with wild finish, clinches share of league title


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GARDEN GROVE >> Rancho Alamitos quarterback Isaac Plata found Sal Correa for an 18-yard touchdown pass and the go-ahead points with 42 seconds left to squeak by Santiago 25-22 on Friday night at Garden Grove High.

The Vaqueros (8-1, 4-0) clinched a share of the Garden Grove League championship with the victory in a game that saw four lead changes in the fourth quarter. They can win the league outright by beating Los Amigos next week.

“We have no quit in us,” Rancho Alamitos coach Mike Enright said. “Our kids are resilient. We could’ve folded right there when they got that long touchdown run but we did what we do.”

The long touchdown run was a 72-yard sprint up the middle by Cavaliers running back Art Martinez, which gave Santiago a 22-18 advantage with 2:56 left in the game. That came one play from scrimmage after Vaqueros kicker Angel Diaz nailed a 37-yard field goal to take an 18-16 lead.

“I almost feel like we scored too fast,” Santiago coach Doug Ozsvath said. “Art Martinez broke that one off and I said ‘oh my gosh,’ as I started looking up at that clock.”

Enright felt confident that Plata would lead the Vaqueros downfield for the game-winning score.

“We practice it every day. We’re a no-huddle offense, we don’t go fast every time, but we are a two-minute team,” Enright explained. “We don’t worry about coming from behind because we know we can.”

Plata spread the ball around on the game-winning drive as Anthony Leal (117 yards rushing), Jonathan Nguyen, Matthew Sanchez, Valentino Villa and Correa all got touches on the final possession.

“We use a lot of receivers. We don’t throw to one guy, we’re gonna throw to the open guy,” Enright said.

Plata, a senior, who stepped up to play quarterback after Chris Hurley suffered a season-ending injury, went 14 of 18 passing with 122 yards and two touchdowns, including a 3-yard scoring pass to Sanchez in the second quarter.

The Cavaliers (7-2, 3-1) scored on their opening possession, a 12-play, 64-yard drive capped by Satomai Siofele’s 1-yard run to go up 8-0 after a successful 2-point conversion.

Santiago held a 8-7 lead at halftime but the Vaqueros emphasized their ground game in the second half and Leal was the main force behind the turnaround. Leal ran the ball eight times in an 11-play scoring drive that ended with him scoring on a 1-yard run to give Rancho Alamitos a 15-8 advantage midway through the third quarter.

The Cavaliers answered with Isaac Hernandez’s 8-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter to give Santiago a 16-15 lead, the first of four lead changes in the final quarter.

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Malachi Nelson adds his name to record book in Los Alamitos football’s rout of Huntington Beach

HUNTINGTON BEACH >> Los Alamitos quarterback Malachi Nelson has entered the record books.

Nelson led Los Alamitos to a 49-14 road victory over Sunset League foe Huntington Beach on Friday.

The junior quarterback completed 12 of 19 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns. In doing so, he broke the Los Alamitos school record for most career touchdown passes with 60.

The previous mark of 58 was set by Kevin Feterik during his time at Los Alamitos from 1993 to 1995.

Nelson has kept his thoughts on team success.

“It feels good,” Nelson said. “I didn’t even know that. It’s a validating feeling to come out here and get a win. We struggled in the first half, on both sides of the ball. I don’t think those guys should score on us.”

Makai Lemon, who has known Nelson since childhood, caught all three of the quarterback’s touchdown passes and totaled seven receptions for 119 yards overall. He also intercepted Huntington Beach quarterback AJ Perez twice.

“It’s truly a blessing to break that record,” Lemon said. “For me to do that for him, it’s amazing. I just try to go out there and help whatever way I can.”

It looked as if Huntington Beach had stifled Los Alamitos’ first drive, but a roughing the passer penalty on third-and-11 gave the Griffins a first down. Then Nelson hit Lemon for a 13-yard touchdown connection to tie the record and give Los Alamitos (8-1, 4-0) a 7-0 lead.

Two rushing touchdowns from Nygel Osborne and one from Deandre Moore Jr. helped Los Alamitos extend its lead to 28-0

Nelson’s record-breaker arrived with 3:29 remaining in the first half. On first down, Nelson connected with Lemon in the flat and Lemon did the rest, breaking two tackles and running into the end zone for a 61-yard touchdown.

Los Alamitos coach Ray Fenton enjoyed seeing Nelson and Lemon make history.

“They’ve had some great quarterbacks here,” Fenton said. “It’s a true record. To have a kid like our guy break it with his best friend is pretty special.”

Huntington Beach (4-5, 1-3) found the scoreboard in the waning minutes of the first half when Perez hit Jordan Castro for a 25-yard touchdown pass, cutting the Los Alamitos lead to 35-7.

Perez completed 13 of 34 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns. He threw three interceptions.

Los Alamitos benefited from another Nelson-to-Lemon touchdown and a 47-yard Isaiah Dorsey interception return for a 49-7 lead entering the fourth quarter.

The Oilers notched the longest offensive play of the game midway through the fourth quarter. On third down, Perez looked deep for a wide-open Tyler Moses, who caught the ball at midfield near the Huntington Beach sideline and ran to the end zone for an 84-yard touchdown pass and the final score of the game.

Nelson has another school record within reach. Jimmy Barnes holds the Los Alamitos record for touchdown passes in a season with 37. Nelson has 31 this season and at least two games left, as the Griffins face Newport Harbor in their regular-season finale next week and then begin the CIF-SS playoffs.

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Garden Grove football gets big boost from Malachi Bey to rally past Marina


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WESTMINSTER >> The Garden Grove football team and running back Malachi Bey seem to have a habit for saving the best for last.

Bey carried the ball 36 times and scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to lift the Argonauts to a 17-7, come-from-behind victory over Marina in a key Big 4 League contest Friday at Westminster High.

Bey also played outside linebacker the entire game.

The Argonauts (8-2, 2-0), who scored two-fourth quarter touchdowns and touchdown in overtime to defeat Katella, 20-14, last week, will win the league title outright with a victory over Segerstrom (1-1 in league) on Friday, Oct. 29 in the final game of the regular season.

“We’re playing our best football and getting ready for the playoffs,” Garden Grove coach Ricardo Cepeda said. “We’re going to come out and we’re going to try and beat Segerstrom.”

With only two guaranteed playoff spots from the four-team league, the Vikings (3-6, 1-1) will likely need to defeat Katella next week for a chance at an automatic bid.

The only first-half points came on a 28-yard field goal from Isaac Barajas to give Garden Grove a 3-0 lead.

After a scoreless third quarter, Brock Beaver connected with Luke Lastra for a 63-yard touchdown, giving Marina a 7-3 lead with nearly the entire final quarter left to play.

That’s when Bey and the Argonauts’ offensive line took over.

Bey had seven carries, including a 1-yard touchdown run, on a 12-play, 60-yard scoring drive, which put Garden Grove on top, 10-7.

Bey also had a huge 27-yard reception on a third-and-14 play to keep the drive alive.

The Vikings then took possession on their own 32 with more than six minutes remaining.

But on second-and-6 from the Vikings 36, linebacker Isaac Delgado came up with a clutch interception, setting the Argonauts up on the Marina 43.

Bey carried the ball on every play of the nine-play, five-minute drive, including a 4-yard touchdown run which put the game away for Garden Grove.

“I’m a junior,” Bey said. “I’ve got to do it for the seniors.”

Cepeda said he realized as the game went on that he had to abandon the passing game and rely almost exclusively on Bey.

“We had to change our game plan a little bit,” Cepeda said. “They were getting to our quarterback. They dared us to throw deep and we tried and it didn’t work out. So we gave it to our best player 30 times.”

Marina was able to pressure Garden Grove quarterback Vanny Rodriguez throughout the game.

Cade Jackman and Ryan Escamilla recorded sacks for the Vikings, Lastra had an interception and Dustin Vasquez had an interception and a sack.

 

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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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OCVarsity Gridiron: Fryer and Albano make their picks for the top Week 9 games

Steve Fryer and Dan Albano discuss the top football games on the Week 9 schedule and make their picks. Check out what they have to say about these games: Mater Dei-Servite, Foothill-Villa Park, Santiago-Rancho Alamitos, Irvine-Portola and Capistrano Valley-Trabuco Hills.

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Tobey Schmidt’s 507 yards passing among the highlights for Tustin football in romp against Valencia


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TUSTIN – It was a record-breaking night for Tustin on Thursday.

Tobey Schmidt threw for a school-record 507 yards while Dominick Flores broke two school records in the Tillers’ 51-28 victory over Valencia in the Empire League at Tustin High.

Schmidt became the 14th quarterback in Orange County history to throw for over 500 yards while Flores broke the career receptions record and the single-game receiving yards record at Tustin with 238 yards.

“That is a pretty good record,” Tustin coach Anthony Lopez said of Schmidt. “He’s been great. We told him in the beginning that we’re going to trust him and to do your thing. I know from a scheme standpoint, we can throw the ball pretty good against these guys because they’re tough inside.

“We just let them go out and play. Dominick should leave here as the leading receiver in Tustin history. He’s a great athlete and he does some things that are really special. He’s a great kid and I love coaching him.”

Postgame interview with Tustin coach Anthony Lopez as his Tillers take the victory in a record breaking night!@ocvarsity @Tiller_Football @TustinAthletics @THSASB @TustinHS pic.twitter.com/wbueSnZggL

— Manny Alvarez (@MAlvarez02) October 22, 2021

Schmidt completed 23 of 31 passes and had six touchdowns for Tustin (6-3, 3-1 in league) to go with his record-breaking passing yards, and Flores had nine catches and three touchdowns.

Both players broke their single-game records by halftime.

The Tillers scored first on a 23-yard Schmidt pass to Armon Fuller. The next five touchdowns would also come through the air as Brandon Flores scored the only rushing touchdown for Tustin.

Schmidt also threw touchdowns to Jonathan Agwanda and Mickey Chinchilla.

“Me and Dom and all the receivers have been working hard after practice,” Schmidt said. “We’re just trying to get our reps and get ready for the playoffs. It’s cool, but the record doesn’t really matter to me. It’s a plus, but we’re worried about winning and getting into the playoffs and winning CIF for sure.”

Postgame interview with Tobey Schmidt of Tustin. A school record 507 yards and 6 touchdowns as Schmidt becomes the 10th QB in Orange County to go over 500 passing yards in the Tillers victory.@ocvarsity @Tiller_Football @THSASB @TustinAthletics @TustinHS pic.twitter.com/C7wvyFKeSC

— Manny Alvarez (@MAlvarez02) October 22, 2021

Valencia (2-7, 2-2) got on the scoreboard in the second quarter with a 3-yard run from Gabe Magana.

Valencia added TDs in the second half with a 16-yard run by Jacob Terry and a 57-yard scoring catch by Markki Payne.

While the single-game records were broken by halftime, Flores didn’t break Tustin’s career receptions record until he made his ninth catch of the game in the third quarter.

“It’s a blessing,” Flores said. “Can’t do it without God, and I can’t do it without my team. Especially my quarterback. I couldn’t do it without him.”

Postgame interview with Dominick Flores of Tustin as Flores breaks the school record with 238 receiving yards and the school record for career receptions in Tustin victory over Valencia.@ocvarsity @Tiller_Football @TustinAthletics @TustinHS @THSASB pic.twitter.com/ERjgwjxsXq

— Manny Alvarez (@MAlvarez02) October 22, 2021

Fuller caught four passes for 99 yards and a touchdown for Tustin while Schmidt led the Tillers with 43 rushing yards on seven carries. Agwanda caught three passes for 47 yards and a score.

Draft finished 6 of 8 passing for 105 yards and a touchdown, and Magana rushed for 126 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns.

Tustin will take on Crean Lutheran at Portola High on Thursday, Oct. 28. Valencia will host first-place Cypress on the same night.

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Cypress football rolls over Kennedy to clinch share of Empire title


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ANAHEIM >> Cypress football started fast and showed no signs of slowing down in the second half, and Tomas Ramirez ran for 141 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-6 win over Kennedy in an Empire League game Thursday night at Western High.

The No. 14 Centurions (7-2, 4-0) clinched a share of the league championship with the victory and can secure an outright title with a win over Valencia next week in the league finale.

Cypress coach Rick Feldman was pleased with the team’s effort, especially in the second half after building a 21-0 lead at the break.

“We challenged our O-line, specifically (in the second half),” Feldman said. “We’re going to come out in our double-tight set, and we came out and were real effective and dominated the second half. That was huge, I don’t think we threw a pass in the second half.”

Ramirez touched the ball on all four plays — covering 70 yards — on the team’s opening drive of the second half. The drive ended with the senior scoring on an 11-yard run.

Cypress’ Tomas Ramirez had 4 TDs in a 41-6 win over rival Kennedy. Ramirez credited his linemen tonight and also wants to win an outright league championship. @ocvarsity @CHSLineSixFB @CypHS_Athletics @TomasRamirez_04 pic.twitter.com/9r1JCem8ay

— David Delgado🇪🇨 (@DavidDelgado_OC) October 22, 2021

After Trevor Monteleone intercepted Kennedy quarterback Alex Herrera on the next possession, Ramirez scored on a 37-yard run to make it 34-0 with 4:46 remaining in the third quarter.

Kennedy (4-4, 1-3) was without star wide receiver Hunter Benton, who missed the game due to concussion protocol.

The Centurions defense held the Fighting Irish in check all night, recording four sacks and two turnovers, which included a fumble recovery by Muhammad Hassoneh. Carson St. Amand and Ayden Gomez combined for three of the four sacks.

“They’re great, two undersized, 180-pound guys, with motors that don’t stop, they play real fast,” Feldman said of St. Amand and Gomez.

Herrera and Niko Brown connected for Kennedy’s only touchdown late in the third quarter, which was a 76-yard completion.

Cypress quarterback Matthew Morrell was efficient in throwing for 145 yards all in the first half, which included a 55-yard strike to Ramirez for the game’s first score and a screen pass to Devin Cobb who turned that into a 42-yard touchdown and a 21-0 advantage.

Cypress ATH Devin Cobb had a great performance which included a 42-yd TD reception, 57 yards rushing and a PBU. Cobb looks forward to ending the season with a a win over Valencia next week. @ocvarsity @CHSLineSixFB @DevinKCobb1 pic.twitter.com/V6AQBNM3No

— David Delgado🇪🇨 (@DavidDelgado_OC) October 22, 2021

Sophomore Jesse Mauldin added a 2-yard touchdown run for the Centurions in the third quarter.

Feldman said Cypress will not look past the Tigers next week.

“They’re a real physical team that runs the ball real well,” Feldman said. “They’re going to be prepared and they’re going to play hard, so we have to play like we did in the second half today, and be able to match their physicality. If we can do that, I think we have a chance.”

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