Cameron Goods helps Irvine football knock off Dana Hills and stay unbeaten

DANA POINT >> The Irvine football team’s dream season showed no signs of slowing down as the Vaqueros dominated Dana Hills 47-28 in a Pacific Hills League game at Dana Hills High on Friday Night.

The Vaqueros (8-0, 1-0) are off to their best start since the 2000 season, a year that ended in a perfect 14-0 record and a CIF-SS championship.

Cameron Goods lead the way with 256 yards on 31 carries and three touchdowns, and Irvine coach Tom Ricci wonders when more people will begin to notice his star running back.

“Cameron Goods is a special running back,” Ricci said. “I’m blown away that he doesn’t get the recognition that I think he deserves. I’m a fan, I love watching him (play).”

The Dolphins struck on their first play from scrimmage when Bo Kelly threw a short pass to Owen Chambers, who avoided a tackle and sprinted to the sideline for an 80-yard touchdown and a 6-0 lead after just 12 seconds.

“Bo Kelly is a heck of a QB,” Ricci said. “We knew he was going to score. We didn’t know he was going to score on the first play, but our goal all week was bend but don’t break on defense and control the ball on offense.”

The Vaqueros came up with some big plays of their own as Mihir Dhodia caught a 47-yard pass and Tate Zimmerman had a 14-yard run on a drive that was capped by Joseph Tierney’s 8-yard TD pass to Jack Condon to make it 8-6 after a successful 2-point conversion.

Irvine went up 21-6 on touchdown runs by Zimmerman and Goods before Dana Hills (6-2, 0-1) responded with another long strike, this one a 77-yard connection from Kelly to Chambers, to make it 21-14 with 3:26 left in the second quarter.

Irvine running back Cameron Goods (31 car, 256 yds, 3 TDs) speaks on how great it felt to get this league win over Dana Hills. The Vaqueros face Portola next week. @ocvarsity @VaqueroFootball @camerongoodies pic.twitter.com/CJL8m6KZiq

— David Delgado🇪🇨 (@DavidDelgado_OC) October 16, 2021

The duo hooked up on all four scores for the Dolphins. Kelly finished with 404 yards passing and four touchdowns and Chambers recorded six catches for 223 yards and four touchdowns.

The Vaqueros proceeded to score 19 consecutive points. They did it with a 31-yard field goal by Zimmerman before halftime, two touchdown runs by Goods in the third quarter and a safety on Nick Rudolph’s sack of Kelly in the end zone.

Irvine will look to stay unbeaten when it takes on Portola (7-1) in a league game next week. Portola lost to Laguna Hills, 10-0, on Friday night.

The game, on Friday, Oct. 22, will feature two of the top running backs in Orange County in the Bulldogs’ Nova Kebeli and Goods.

“This is the showdown for the Fence Post,” Ricci said of facing their in-city rival. “It means a ton to our kids. We didn’t get that opportunity last year, so this is our opportunity. We know coach (Peter) Abe and those guys will have a great scheme for us coming and it’s going to be a smashmouth game.”

 

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High school football: All of the scores from Friday’s Week 8 games


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All of the scores from the CIF-SS and L.A. City high school football games on Friday, Oct. 15.

Friday’s games

CIF-SS

ALMONT LEAGUE

Alhambra 40, Montebello 27

Bell Gardens 35, San Gabriel 0

AMBASSADOR LEAGUE

Western Christian 36, Arrowhead Christian 25

ANGELUS LEAGUE

Loyola 44, Crespi 20

BASELINE LEAGUE

Rancho Cucamonga 34, Upland 7

BAY LEAGUE

Culver City 35, Peninsula 23

Palos Verdes 44, Redondo 27

BIG 4 LEAGUE

Garden Grove 20, Katella 14 (OT)

Marina 24, Segerstrom 23

BIG VIII LEAGUE

Centennial 48, Norco 24

King 24, Corona 12

CAMINO LEAGUE

Camarillo 41, Moorpark 13

CAMINO REAL LEAGUE

St. Genevieve 49, Bishop Montgomery 0

St. Pius X-St. Matthias 55, Cantwell-Sacred Heart 6

CANYON LEAGUE

Agoura 47, Royal 14

Simi Valley 41, Thousand Oaks 7

CHANNEL LEAGUE

Pacifica 51, Lompoc 26

Rio Mesa 36, Dos Pueblos 3

Santa Barbara 24, Oxnard 17

CITRUS BELT LEAGUE

Cajon 54, Beaumont 6

Citrus Valley 59, Yucaipa 14

Redlands East Valley 20, Redlands 14 (2OT)

CITRUS COAST LEAGUE

Hueneme 28, Fillmore 27

Nordhoff 48, Carpinteria 0

CRESTVIEW LEAGUE

Villa Park 31, El Modena 28

Yorba Linda 30, Foothill 27

DEL REY LEAGUE

La Salle 33, Mary Star 14

DEL RIO LEAGUE

La Serna 17, California 6

Santa Fe 42, El Rancho 14

DESERT EMPIRE LEAGUE

Palm Desert 31, Xavier Prep 9

Palm Springs 17, La Quinta 14

Shadow Hills 30, Rancho Mirage 7

DESERT SKY LEAGUE

Victor Valley 35, Barstow 14

DESERT VALLEY LEAGUE

Coachella Valley 28, Cathedral City 21

Twentynine Palms 27, Desert Hot Springs 22

Yucca Valley 67, Desert Mirage 0

EMPIRE LEAGUE

Cypress 13, Pacifica 8

Valencia 42, Crean Lutheran 10

Tustin 55, Kennedy 14

FOOTHILL LEAGUE

Hart 27, Valencia 21 (OT)

Saugus 42, Golden Valley 7

West Ranch 35, Canyon Country Canyon 8

FREEWAY LEAGUE

Buena Park 22, Fullerton 0

La Habra 48, Sonora 27

Sunny Hills 22, Troy 20

GARDEN GROVE LEAGUE

Rancho Alamitos 37, Loara 9

GOLD COAST LEAGUE

Campbell Hall 36, Viewpoint 0

Rio Hondo Prep 42, Brentwood 18

GOLDEN LEAGUE

Antelope Valley 56, Lancaster 20

Highland 20, Palmdale 14

Quartz Hill 52, Littlerock 0

HACIENDA LEAGUE

Walnut 41, Nogales 0

INLAND VALLEY LEAGUE

Riverside Poly 35, Moreno Valley 22

IVY LEAGUE

Temescal Canyon 34, Rancho Verde 22

MARMONTE LEAGUE

St. Bonaventure 63, Calabasas 0

Oaks Christian 17, Westlake 2

MIRAMONTE LEAGUE

Bassett 37, Garey 7

La Puente 47, Ganesha 6

MISSION LEAGUE

Alemany 45, Bishop Amat 35

Chaminade 34, Notre Dame 21

Serra 28, Cathedral 0

MISSION VALLEY LEAGUE

Arroyo 45, Rosemead 0

El Monte 14, Sourh El Monte 6

Gabrielino 27, Mountain View 22

MOJAVE RIVER LEAGUE

Apple Valley 51, Hesperia 0

Oak Hills 50, Serrano 7

MONTVIEW LEAGUE

Azusa 32, Gladstone 6

MOORE LEAGUE

Jordan 74, Cabrillo 6

Long Beach Poly 42, Compton 0

MOUNTAIN PASS LEAGUE

Tahquitz 31, Citrus Hill 6

MOUNTAIN WEST LEAGUE

Ayala 24, Alta Loma 6

Bonita 21, Charter Oak 10

MT. BALDY 4 LEAGUE

Baldwin Park 36, Wilson 7

Montclair 42, Workman 8

NORTH HILLS LEAGUE

El Dorado 21, Esperanza 6

OCEAN LEAGUE

Hawthorne 22, Morningside 6

Leuzinger 51, Beverly Hills 0

OLYMPIC LEAGUE

Cerritos Valley Christian 43, Whittier Christian 0

ORANGE LEAGUE

Anaheim 41, Savanna 28

Magnolia 36, Century 0

Western 49, Santa Ana Valley 0

ORANGE COAST LEAGUE

Santa Ana 59, Estancia 7

PAC 4 LEAGUE

Laguna Beach 54, Westminster 14

Ocean View 26, Godinez 6

PACIFIC LEAGUE

Muir 34, Crescenta Valley 21

Pasadena 35, Burroughs 7

PACIFIC HILLS LEAGUE

Irvine 47, Dana Hills 28

Laguna Hills 10, Portola 0

PACIFIC VALLEY LEAGUE

Northwood 51, University 7

Woodbridge 28, Beckman 15

PACIFIC VIEW LEAGUE

Buena 52, San Marcos 26

Channel Islands 23, Cabrillo 0

Santa Ynez 23, Ventura 7

PIONEER LEAGUE

Lawndale 34, West Torrance 0

North Torrance 26, South Torrance 20

Torrance 27, El Segundo 20

RIO HONDO LEAGUE

La Canada 48, Temple City 0

Monrovia 63, San Marino 13

Pasadena Poly 28, South Pasadena 9

RIVER VALLEY LEAGUE

Arlington 10, Hillcrest 0

Norte Vista 26, Ramona 10

Patriot 40, La Sierra 7

SAN ANDREAS LEAGUE

Eisenhower 55, Colton 0

Summit 58, Grand Terrace 24

SAN ANTONIO LEAGUE

Claremont 43, Don Lugo 7

West Covina 35, Chaffey 14

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY LEAGUE

Downey 39, Dominguez 7

Warren 40, Paramount 6

SEA VIEW LEAGUE

El Toro 31, Capistrano Valley 21

Trabuco Hills 30, Aliso Niguel 14

SIERRA LEAGUE

Covina 42, Rowland 3

SKYLINE LEAGUE

Rialto 34, Bloomington 24

Rim of the World 56, Fontana 8

SOUTH COAST LEAGUE

Mission Viejo 45, Tesoro 3

San Clemente 16, San Juan Hills 10

SOUTH VALLEY LEAGUE

Nuview Bridge 21, California Military 0

SOUTHWESTERN LEAGUE

Chaparral 55, Temecula Valley 27

Vista Murrieta 38, Great Oak 6

SUBURBAN LEAGUE

La Mirada 35, Norwalk 10

SUNBELT LEAGUE

Riverside North 41, Hemet 7

SUNKIST LEAGUE

Kaiser 52, San Gorgonio 0

SUNSET LEAGUE

Edison 28, Corona del Mar 20

Newport Harbor 45, Huntington Beach 27

TRINITY LEAGUE

Mater Dei 56, Santa Margarita 3

St. John Bosco 49, Orange Lutheran 25

VALLE VISTA LEAGUE

San Dimas 21, Los Altos 13

NONLEAGUE

Paraclete 34, Rancho Christian 14

St. Margaret’s 42, Capistrano Valley Christian 0

Village Christian 59, Glendale 39

Vista del Lago 69, Perris 12

Valley View 28, Riverside Notre Dame 18

Dymally 46, Hoover 0

Mira Costa 35, Washington Union (Fresno) 26

Saguaro (Ariz.) 24, Sierra Canyon 7

Whittier 28, Fairfax 7

 

L.A. CITY

CENTRAL LEAGUE

Marquez 41, Mendez 6

Maywood CES 40, Bernstein 14

COLISEUM LEAGUE

Crenshaw 55, View Park 0

Dorsey 35, Hawkins 0

Locke 18, Fremont 5

EAST VALLEY LEAGUE

Arleta 34, Sun Valley Poly 0

Chavez 40, Monroe 6

Verdugo Hills 21, Grant 18

EASTERN LEAGUE

Garfield 41, Legacy 9

South Gate 20, L.A. Roosevelt 16

EXPOSITION LEAGUE

Jefferson 46, Rivera 12

Manual Arts 48, Santee 38

MARINE LEAGUE

Carson 46, Narbonne 6

San Pedro 69, Gardena 0

METRO LEAGUE

New Designs Watts 52, Belmont 12

NORTHERN LEAGUE

Eagle Rock 56, L.A. Wilson 14

Franklin 47, Torres 0

Lincoln 49, L.A. Marshall 0

SOUTHERN LEAGUE

L.A. 67, West Adams 0

VALLEY MISSION LEAGUE

Canoga Park 28, Granada Hills Kennedy 6

Reseda 53, Van Nuys 0

Sylmar 12, San Fernando 7

WEST VALLEY LEAGUE

Birmingham 28, Granada Hills 0

Chatsworth 33, El Camino Real 30

WESTERN LEAGUE

Palisades 63, L.A. Hamilton 7

Venice 14, Westchester 13

NONLEAGUE

Panorama 38, Angelou 16

 

8 MAN

CIF-SS

Thacher 44, Santa Clara 6

Chadwick 52, Windward 35

Grace Brethren 61, Hillcrest Christian 0

L.A. CITY

Sotomayor 50, Animo Robinson 12

 

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Cypress football tops Pacifica in crucial Empire League matchup

GARDEN GROVE – It was a game of survival in a season of survival.

Cypress and Pacifica have endured season-ending injuries to important players — Cypress skill-position players and Pacifica linemen — but have kept themselves in contention for playoff berths and the Empire League championship.

Cypress survived its game with Pacifica on Friday night, getting a 13-8 win that kept the Centurions undefeated in the Empire League.

Cypress had a 7-0 lead going into the fourth quarter. Pacifica scored to take an 8-7 lead, and Cypress scored with 2:15 remaining for the win.

  • Pacifica defensive back Jordan Ross, right, intercepts a pass meant for Cypress wide reciever Justin Thompson in an Empire League game at Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove on Friday, October 15, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cypress running back Neil Jansen battles for yardage against Pacifica defensive back Jordan Ross in an Empire League game at Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove on Friday, October 15, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cypress running back Neil Jansen runs across the goal line to score a touchdown against Pacifica in an Empire League game at Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove on Friday, October 15, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Pacifica defensive back Jordan Ross hauls in the second of three interceptions against Cypress in an Empire League game at Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove on Friday, October 15, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Pacifica quarterback Darius Cowens cranks up to throw a pass against Cypress in an Empire League game at Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove on Friday, October 15, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Pacifica defensive back Jordan Ross goes up to break up a pass to Cypress wide receiver Trevor Monteleone in an Empire League game at Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove on Friday, October 15, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cypress wide receiver Trevor Monteleone tries to break the plane of the end zone by reaching out with the ball as he is run out of bounds by Pacifica defensive back Trevor Monteleone in an Empire League game at Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove on Friday, October 15, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cypress quarterback Matthew Morrell slips a tackle by Pacifica defensive back Anthony Keys in an Empire League game at Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove on Friday, October 15, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cypress running back Tomas Ramirez makes it across the goal line late in the fourth quarter to put the Centurions ahead against Pacifica in an Empire League game at Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove on Friday, October 15, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Pacifica wide receiver Jordan Ross hauls in a touchdown pass late in the game against Cypress in an Empire League game at Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove on Friday, October 15, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Pacifica wide receiver Jeremiah Ingram can’t hold on to a pass late in the game against Cypress in an Empire League game at Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove on Friday, October 15, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Pacifica cheerleaders celebrate as running back Ed “jun” Ramos scores a two point conversion to put Pacifica in the lead against Cypress in an Empire League game at Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove on Friday, October 15, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cypress players celebrate after Pacifica fails to make a first down with two minutes left to play in an Empire League game at Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove on Friday, October 15, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cypress fans hold up a sign during an Empire League game against Pacifica at Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove on Friday, October 15, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Friends since kindergarten, Cypress cheerleader Delilah Decleene, right, jumps into the arms of her friend Pacifica cheerleader Isabel Wood during the halftime break of an Empire League game at Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove on Friday, October 15, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Pacifica cheerleaders shout out to a fellow cheerleader as she is introduced to the crowd for Senior Night before an Empire League game against Cypress at Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove on Friday, October 15, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Pacifica fans wore pink to the game to call attention to Breast Cancer Awareness month during Friday’s Empire League game against Cypress at Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove on Friday, October 15, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • A Pacifica supporter waves the school’s flag to fire up the fans during an Empire League game against Cypress at Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove on Friday, October 15, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

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The Centurions are 6-2 overall and 3-0 in league. In the next two weeks, they finish the regular season with league games against Kennedy and Valencia.

Pacifica is 6-2 and 1-2 in league. The Mariners finish the regular season with league games against Crean Lutheran and Kennedy.

Cypress, Pacifica and Tustin each finished 4-1 in league last season to share the Empire League championship. Pacifica beat Cypress 26-21 last season.

“It was good to get revenge,” said Cypress running back Tomas Ramirez, who scored the winning touchdown. “This is what we’ve been training for all summer.”

Cypress running back Tomas Ramirez scored the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter in a 13-8 win over Pacifica ⁦@ocvarsity⁩ ⁦@ocvarsityguypic.twitter.com/dSfUlR6LsV

— Steve Fryer (@SteveFryer) October 16, 2021

Friday’s game was 7-0 through three quarters, with Cypress hanging onto that one-score lead.

Pacifica sophomore Jordan Ross in the fourth quarter made his third interception of the game to give the Mariners the ball at midfield.

The Mariners moved downfield quickly, including a 16-yard pass from Darius Cowens to Jun Ramos on a fourth-and-15 situation to put Pacifica at the Cypress 24-yard line. Four plays later, with 4:04 left in the game, Cowens fired a 13-yard touchdown pass to his right to Ross, and Cowens’ pass to Ramos for the 2-point conversion gave Pacifica an 8-7 lead.

Cypress began its ensuing possession at its 35. The Centurions, too, converted a fourth-down play, with a 14-yard pass from Matthew Morrell to Neil Jansen for a first down at the Pacifica 46. Morrell ran for 13 yards, took a handoff and went for 18 more, and Ramirez followed with a 15-yard run for the touchdown with 2:15 remaining. Cypress tried for two points but a misplayed handoff sunk the effort, leaving the Centurions with a 13-8 lead.

Pacifica quickly advanced on its following possession to the Cypress 30. A fourth-and-2 run by Ramos was stopped one foot shy of a first down with 33 seconds to go, securing the win for the Centurions.

Ramirez rushed for 91 yards on 11 carries. Jansen rushed for 68 yards on 12 carries and scored the game’s first touchdown on a tackle-slipping run of 23 yards in the second quarter. Jansen had six receptions for 50 yards.

Morrell, who has played quarterback the past couple of games with senior Dylan Eldredge, last season’s Empire League MVP, out because of a knee injury. Morrell also is dealing with an injured knee. He hobbled around as he passed for 127 yards.

Cypress coach Rick Feldman was impressed by Morrell’s fortitude.

“He practiced three days last week and one day last week,” Feldman said.

Ramos rushed for 89 yards on 16 carries. Cowens passed for 108 yards. Ross finished with six receptions for 72 yards.

Feldman credited Pacifica’s defense for giving Cypress’ offense problems.

“We moved the ball inconsistently through the night,” Feldman said. “But we made plays when we had to.”

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Alexander: Dodgers-Giants series had to end this way, didn’t it?

The ending the Dodgers and Giants provided Thursday night in San Francisco, after 3 hours and 26 minutes of stress and tension and the best that baseball can offer, might be proof that there is indeed karma. Or at least Someone Up There has one heck of a sense of drama.

Remember July 22? That was the night first base umpire Ed Hickox ruled that the Giants’ Darin Ruf did not go around on a check swing that would have been strike three. That led to Manager Dave Roberts’ ejection and kept alive a rally that turned a 3-2 lead into a 5-3 loss, gave Kenley Jansen his second blown save in a row and pushed the Dodgers three games behind the Giants in the NL West standings. You can make the case that if it weren’t for that game, and the ultimate one-game margin between the clubs, Thursday night’s decider of the NL Division Series would have been in The Ravine instead of at Oracle Park.

Here come the #Giants fans whining about Flores’ check swing to end the game, conveniently ignoring Darin Ruf’s full count swing that walked in a run vs #LADodgers earlier in the season. pic.twitter.com/JdUxE03tbF

— Aaron (@aarondevandry) October 15, 2021

Fast forward, then, to the bottom of the ninth Thursday, two outs, a man on first and the Dodgers trying to hold on to a 2-1 lead and finish off the series. Wilmer Flores tried to hold up on Max Scherzer’s 2-and-2 slider and … well, maybe he held up and maybe he didn’t. The check swing is maybe the toughest call in baseball to get right, although to some (many?) umps just finding the strike zone is particularly challenging.

But first base umpire Gabe Morales ruled it a swing, and that was that.

Wilmer Flores and the check swing heard ’round the world. pic.twitter.com/nZWVre7U1v

— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) October 15, 2021

Ruf, who had tied Thursday’s game with a monstrous 452-foot home run to center field in the sixth inning, acknowledged the juxtaposition afterward.

Darin Ruf recognizes the irony: “ it didn’t look like he went but a checked swing early in the year helped us out too, It’s kind of funny how it comes down to those two events.”

— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) October 15, 2021

Darin Ruf on the check-swing calls coming full circle for both #Dodgers and #SFGiants this season. Logan Webb on how he felt tonight as well. #Postseason pic.twitter.com/G3DCnChRI4

— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) October 15, 2021

But it was fitting that this series, and an entire season that has been so competitive between these ancient rivals, would be decided by the smallest of margins and the most difficult of calls.

Maybe it was only right that after the conversation and consternation in the afternoon about the Dodgers’ decision to use Corey Knebel as an opener en route to Julio Urías, the chain from Knebel to Brusdar Graterol to Urías, Blake Treinen, Kenley Jansen and Scherzer ran as smoothly as it did. And maybe it was coincidence, or maybe not, that Scherzer nailed down an elimination game on two days of rest, 56 years to the day after Sandy Koufax pitched a 2-0 shutout of the Minnesota Twins on two days of rest to win the 1965 World Series.

It’s baseball. What can we say?

This was 3 hours and 26 minutes of tension and nervous energy and waiting to see who would be responsible for the big hit or the big pitch or the big play – or big miscue – that would spoil an entire season’s work for one of these ancient rivals.

“I mean, the Giants are an incredible team,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman told media members after it was over. “Talented one through 26, Kap (Gabe Kapler) deploys them really well. So we knew it was going to be a really tough series. I don’t think we appreciated the full extent of it until living it. But it was an incredible series. Obviously, we feel really good about being on the side of it that we were. But we appreciate how razor-thin the margins were.”

Beyond the rivalry, and the history, and the enmity between Dodgers fans and Giants fans (and the trolling was underway not long after the final pitch), there seemed to be mutual respect among the competitors. Maybe it’s because these teams are so similar, with former Dodger GM Farhan Zaidi and former Dodger farm director Kapler using many of the same principles to assemble this Giants roster and get it into fighting shape a year or two earlier than those on the outside had anticipated. That team is good, and it’s likely going to be a threat for years to come.

And after both teams had won 109 games in 2021, counting the postseason, and after the Giants had won 12 and the Dodgers 11 head-to-head, shouldn’t a taut pitchers’ duel have been the only way it could end?

For the record, dating to the first meeting between NL champion New York and American Association champion Brooklyn in the 1889 “World’s Series” – you know, the one nobody remembered when they kept calling this the “first ever” postseason meeting of the franchises – the Giants have won 1,277 meetings between the teams and the Dodgers (aka Bridegrooms, Grooms, Superbas and Robins) have won 1,249, according to Baseball-Reference.com. It must be noted that Brooklyn was 121 games under .500 against New York from 1903 through 1938, a period when the Brooklyn club seldom contended and was often lousy. Since the teams came to the West Coast in 1958, the Dodgers have a 575-550 edge following Thursday’s victory.

Yes, there have been memorable moments and winner-take-all games that catapulted one of these teams into the World Series. But no less an authority than Vin Scully, who witnessed most of those battles over the years, tweeted Thursday afternoon that this might be the biggest one in the teams’ shared history.

To my knowledge, tonight’s game between the @Dodgers and @SFGiants is the most important game in the history of their rivalry. With nearly identical records, and so much at stake, I believe this to be the case.

— Vin Scully (@TheVinScully) October 14, 2021

If Vin says it, I believe it.

“It was great every time we played those guys, just bringing the rivalry back to life, really playing for relevance,” Roberts said.

San Diegans probably will object, but this season and particularly this series served as a reminder of the importance of the Dodgers-Giants rivalry, not only its history and the way both franchises embrace it but its renewed relevance on the national stage.

And while this wasn’t the first postseason meeting between the rivals (again, see the link above), may it not be the last, either. This stuff is too good to keep to ourselves.

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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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OCVarsity Gridiron: Fryer and Albano make their picks for the top Week 8 games

Steve Fryer and Dan Albano discuss the top football games on the Week 8 schedule and make their picks. Check out what they have to say about these games: Foothill-Yorba Linda, Cypress-Pacifica, Corona del Mar-Edison, Dana Hills-Irvine, San Juan Hills-San Clemente and El Toro-Capistrano Valley.

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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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Alexander: Dodgers’ Walker Buehler takes the ball and delivers

LOS ANGELES — It was evident in Walker Buehler not long after he wedged his way into the Dodgers’ starting rotation in 2018. He might be young, but he’s strong-willed and he does not scare.

“That’s why aces are aces,” Manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday afternoon. “They don’t run from fights.”

They’re just as likely to jump in.

So Saturday night, when Buehler informed his manager after the Dodgers won Game 2 of the National League Division Series in San Francisco that he would be available to pitch a Game 4 three nights later, it shouldn’t have been a surprise.

After Monday’s crushing 1-0 loss to the Giants in Game 3, then, the choice was obvious. The Dodgers had gone through the charade of trotting Tony Gonsolin to the interview room before Monday’s game, the implication being that Gonsolin would somehow take down bulk innings in some sort of a bullpen game. But afterward, there were hints Buehler would be involved, and Albert Pujols pretty well let the cat out of the bag when he went to the postgame interview room and said, “Walker is throwing the ball real well all year long. I think he’s going to go out there and we expect the same thing.”

They got it. Buehler was pitching on three days’ rest for the first time as a starter in the majors. But he was also pitching in the fourth elimination game of his career, and that muscle memory overrode the short rest and helped the Dodgers extend their season at least one more game.

The assignment, Roberts said, was to “go as hard as you can as long as you can.” Buehler, who threw 99 pitches in Game 1 on Friday in San Francisco, came back with 71 pitches in 4-1/3 innings Tuesday night, giving up a run and three hits and starting the Dodgers toward their eventual series-extending 7-2 victory.

If Julio Urias can take the baton from Buehler and take the Dodgers the rest of the way Thursday night at Oracle Park when he faces the Giants’ Logan Webb, let’s at least hope Buehler’s effort will be remembered with the significance it deserves.

This was an ace doing what aces do. This was what the Dodgers had asked of Clayton Kershaw so many times over the years, to pitch on short rest and bail out a beleaguered or short-handed pitching rotation.

Buehler handled it like a charm, belying the fact he was doing it for the first time. Of his 71 pitches, 42 were strikes. He threw the four-seamer most of the time (34 pitches) but got most of his swings and misses on his slider (three of 13) and changeup (two of 13), as well as four called strikes on the changeup.

“Honestly, I want to say he had better stuff than he had the other night,” Roberts said afterward, jokingly suggesting maybe the solution was to “have him go short more often.

“He just seemed relaxed,” he added. “Sometimes, when you might be a little more fatigued and not too amped up or too strong, you don’t try to do too much. All night long he stayed in his delivery. The stuff, the velocity, the characteristics of his secondary pitches were really good. He used the change when he needed to, and I thought it was really good all night long.”

Catcher Will Smith said Buehler’s velocity was actually up from his previous start – he averaged 96.1 on the four-seam and 95.7 on the sinker – but the changeup has become a true weapon.

“Yeah, over the whole course of the year it’s just developed and gotten better and better,” Smith said. “He can throw it for a strike when he needs to. He can keep it below, get some chase on it. And, yeah, he had a good feel for it tonight so we leaned on it a little more and he was executing with it.”

As a rookie in 2018, Buehler pitched and won Game 163 against Colorado for the NL West title, and started Game 7 of the NL Championship Series in Milwaukee (one run allowed in 4-2/3 innings). In 2019 he started Game 5 against Washington in the Division Series (one run, four hits and seven strikeouts in 6-2/3 innings, only to have the bullpen waste it). And last year, when the Dodgers came back from a 3-1 deficit in the NLCS against Atlanta, Buehler pitched Game 5 and delivered six shutout innings with six strikeouts.

Clearly, the moment does not get too big for him.

“With an elimination game and having been here a little bit, I wanted the ball,” he said. “And I feel good about what I did. I wish I could have gotten a little bit deeper, but … we have the talent and the guys in the back end of the bullpen to cover it.

“To be completely honest, there probably wasn’t anything that could have been going on that I would have told him that I didn’t want the ball, so as long as I could walk into the clubhouse, I think I was going to pitch.”

When he decided to volunteer for Game 4, he remembered, he didn’t talk to anyone about it before asking, “and then I spoke to everyone after I said it to make sure I wasn’t being an idiot.

“Luckily we have the players in that room, (Max) Scherzer, Kersh, guys that have been asked to and have (done) that, that I was able to (say), ‘Hey, am I doing anything wrong? Should I be doing anything different?’ … It’s not something we want to do all the time, but I felt that if things didn’t go our way (Monday), I would feel really weird not pitching a game that we could lose a series.

“I’m very happy that it worked out and kind of fortunate in a lot of ways. Our offense took care of a lot of it. Bullpen took care of a lot of it. But it’s just kind of another thing in terms of trying to become the baseball player that I am and that I want to (be). And I’m glad it worked out for us.”

This has probably been an ongoing process rather than one huge conversation. It is not uncommon to see Buehler, Kershaw and Scherzer in conversation on the dugout railing during games when they don’t pitch, talking pitching and sharing knowledge. Any questions Buehler might have asked about this situation in particular probably have had their base in all of those mid-game conversations.

Buehler talked as a rookie about drawing on the experience of Kershaw and then-teammate Rich Hill. But even then, Roberts trusted him in big games. And while the Dodgers need to be careful with usage on short rest – and ideally won’t need to lean on him often in those situations – they know they can depend on him.

After all, he’s an ace. And that’s what aces do.

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Whicker: Dodgers’ margin of error disappears, but they’ve handled that before

LOS ANGELES — This would have been Clayton Kershaw’s game. Or Dustin May’s. Or, if not for a series of unfortunate events, Trevor Bauer’s.

Instead, the Dodgers will try to extend this season with a pitching plan that Manager Dave Roberts did not divulge Monday night, either because he didn’t know what this 1-0, Game 3 loss did to the original plan, or because he didn’t want to tell the San Francisco Giants that they would see Walker Buehler two nights before they were supposed to.

They probably won’t be surprised. They never are.

Buehler pitched in San Francisco on Friday night. He has not performed on three days’ rest in his career, and this season he carried 207-2/3 innings into the playoffs.

But then the Giants got the final six outs from rookie Camilo Doval, and he hadn’t done that before either.

Precedent isn’t particularly meaningful when the Dodgers, the only National League team to average five runs in 2021, have been blanked twice in the first three games of this series.

Roberts admitted to “frustration” as the Giants kept playing Whack-A-Mole with nearly every hard-hit ball. The signature play came from shortstop Brandon Crawford, who skied to snag Mookie Betts’ line drive with two on and two outs in the seventh inning.

But Donovan Solano, who came in to play second base when Tommy La Stella’s Achilles tightened up, also ranged to his left to retire AJ Pollock for the first out in the seventh.

And the winds, apparently imported from Candlestick Point in San Francisco where an infuriating old ballpark once stood, made it typical for a home run-dependent team to hit home runs.

The final hitter, Gavin Lux, watched his squared-up shot hit the wall of wind and get tracked down by Steven Duggar. Roberts thought it was gone, and Giants third baseman Evan Longoria admitted his “heart sank” when he saw the trajectory.

“Those winds were super strange for L.A.,” said Giants manager Gabe Kapler, a graduate of Taft High in Woodland Hills.

Only Longoria brought a big enough hammer to pierce the gusts and reach the seats, as he did on a straight, 0-and-2 fastball from Max Scherzer in the fifth.

Most of the day the Dodgers acted as if Tony Gonsolin, a spot starter for most of the season, would be the leader of the pitching parade in Game 4. That, of course, was before they lost Game 3. They only used Blake Treinen and Kenley Jansen for one inning apiece, and there is an off-day between Tuesday and a potential Game 5 in San Francisco.

But you’d rather have Buehler, who was second in the National League in innings, third in ERA, seventh in strikeouts and fourth in WHIP.

“I think he’s going to throw the ball pretty well,” Dodgers first baseman Albert Pujols said, even though no one had announced Buehler would be going. “I know he’s coming in on short rest, but I think he’s going to be pretty excited.”

In 2014, Vanderbilt needed Buehler to imitate a relief pitcher in a College World Series game against UC Irvine. Buehler struck out seven in 5-1/3 no-hit innings. It is not ideal, but it’s hard to believe Roberts would go into such an emergency situation and leave Buehler behind.

The Giants have Anthony DeSclafani, a well-rested starter, locked in for Game 4. He went 13-7 in 2021 with a 3.17 ERA, but he was 0-3 with a 7.33 ERA with six home runs allowed in six starts against the Dodgers. Much of that ERA is weighted by a 10-run, 2 2/3-inning outing on May 23, and he did throw six scoreless innings against them the last time he faced them.

If that doesn’t work they can lean on Logan Webb, who snake-charmed the Dodgers in Game 1, against Julio Urias in a winner-take-all Game 5 on Thursday. Urias would be pitching on his regular schedule.

Is that how it ends for a team that won 106 regular-season games? Maybe, but then the Dodgers have learned how to deal with the brink.

They needed Chris Taylor’s home run to get past the St. Louis Cardinals in the wild-card game last week. They trailed Atlanta, 3-1, in last year’s NL Championship Series and wound up winning, with Buehler excelling in his Game 6 start.

Much of this team remembers 2018 in Milwaukee, when Buehler started Game 7 and Kershaw finished it, and the Dodgers won that NLCS.

Roberts seems to think the Line Drive Gods will intervene for the Dodgers and place baseballs outside the reach of San Francisco’s defensive octopus. After Alex Wood left the game with two outs in the fifth inning, the Dodgers had a shot at three Giants relievers, sent up 16 batters who struck out only three times, and still got nothing. They ended the game with no extra-base hits.

The enormity of the night and the obvious reluctance to face the aftermath of such a sudden defeat will put a fearsome game face on every Dodger. That’s yet another reason to use a guy like Buehler. He rarely leaves home without his.

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Internet Safety isn’t Just for Kids – Why Older Adults Need Safe Surfing Practices Too

A recent study we conducted revealed Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation worry just as much, if not more, about online security and privacy than Gen Z¹.  

The FBI announced that during 2020, there were 105,301 complaints of internet fraud for people 60 years and older, totaling $966 million in losses. In our digital-first world, it’s crucial that Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) and the Silent generation (born between 1925 and 1945) – which are not digital natives – practice safe habits while online. 

Inherently, Baby Boomer and Silent generations tend to be more skeptical of online platforms tracking their data. A Forrester Research, Inc.² report showed us the majority of these two generations do not believe it’s okay for companies to track their activities across sites to receive more relevant ads. But what about the information that they don’t know is being tracked? 

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, so it’s a good time to revisit helpful tips to keep yourself or your loved ones from the Baby Boomer or Silent Generations to stay safe and protect your valuable, private information while on the internet. 

Prevent against password breaches

A crucial first step to protecting valuable information online is to password protect your accounts. The equally crucial second step is to ensure that your password is strong enough. AARP recommends using passwords with seven or more characters that include a number and symbol, like an exclamation point or asterisk. It’s important to vary your passwords across accounts, too. Otherwise, a hacker will have a one-and-done job after they breach a single password.

Use Two-factor authentication

To go the extra step, consider using two-factor authentication when creating your online accounts, which generates a one-time code that is sent to your mobile device or email to confirm your identity.

Don’t take the phishing bait

Another tactic that online hackers use to access your information is to send emails or text messages pretending to be someone else. This is phishing. These messages may look like they are from your boss, a family member, or even someone claiming you have won a contest. They will typically convey a sense of urgency to get their victims to act quickly and respond with personal information like their social security number (SSN) or bank account numbers (Age Safe America).

If you know to be cautious of these types of messages, you can prevent you or others from falling for phishing schemes and losing information privacy or money.

Resist the temptation to overshare on social media

Let’s talk social media. It’s fun to scroll through your feed and post photos or statuses, but you may be giving out more information than you realize. Age Safe America warns not to overshare on social media, which can occur through posting photos or statuses that contain information like your home address or place of work. Fun online quizzes, which are common on Facebook, also pose a potential danger because they may ask you to share your name, gender, birth year, etc. 

Tap into the online security features available through your internet and technology providers. At Cox, we offer tools to detect and prevent cyber-attacks, blocking unknown connections and scanning for any other network threats before you ever know about them. 

The internet is a great place to research, keep up with friends and family, and stay up-to-date on current events. It’s important to stay safe while surfing the web and to ensure that our loved ones know how to protect themselves, too.

Cox Communications Customer Tracking Study, 2021
Forrester Analytics Consumer Technographics Benchmark Survey
Chanelle Hawken is Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for Cox Communications’ California region.

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