A carbon border tax will harm the poor world the most

To tackle climate change, rich nations are promising to end fossil fuel use in 29 years. As this becomes excruciatingly costly, the G7 is now thinking about making the world’s poor pay for it with carbon taxes. That will go badly.

The rich world has seen an incredible development on the back of enormous increases in mostly fossil fuel energy. A couple of hundred years ago, most available power came from backbreaking human work. Even by the end of the 1800s, human labor made up 94% of all industrial work in the United States. Today, it constitutes just 8%.

If we think of the energy we use in terms of “servants,” each with the same work power as a human being, every person in the rich world today has access to 150 servants who clean, cook, drive, heat and do almost everything else for them.

Despite green protestations, rich people still get 79% of their energy from fossil fuels. Ending that will be hard, socially destabilizing and surprisingly ineffective.

To see how difficult, take the UN’s recent pronouncement that our Paris promises really mean reducing world emissions 7.6% every year this decade. The UN cheerfully notes this was almost achieved in 2020 with the global COVID shutdowns.

But this year, we need twice the reduction, equal to two shutdowns. And three in 2022, ending with the equivalent of eleven global shutdowns every year from 2030. Economic models show this will cost tens of trillions of dollars annually.

It will also destabilize rich countries. They have seen their per-person growth rates decline — in Europe, it is now edging toward zero. As climate policies reduce growth further, this will threaten long-term social coherence as people realize their children won’t be better off and pensions wither.

Moreover, the cuts will matter little for the climate. Even if all OECD nations cut their entire CO₂ emissions today, the standard climate UN model shows it will reduce warming by 2100 just 0.8°F.

The reason? Six billion not-rich people also want access to plentiful and cheap energy, lifting them out of hunger, sickness and poverty. They are more concerned about economic growth that will create welfare and resilience against disease and even climate change.

Unfortunately, climate policies harm the developing world. Because they increase energy costs, they slow economic growth. Implementing the current Paris Agreement will mean lower growth and that fewer people will get out of poverty. If we aim for 2°C, a recent peer-reviewed study shows it will mean at least 80 million fewer people will escape poverty by 2030.

Now, rich countries want the world’s poor to pay the costs through carbon taxes. The UK is pushing such tariffs as a key priority of its G-7 presidency, and the proposal is falling on sympathetic ears in the United States, Europe and Canada.

As the United States and Europe drive up energy costs, more businesses will escape to less-burdened areas like China, India and Africa. Slapping a border tariff on imports according to their underlying emissions reduces that move.

But such tariffs also make it harder for the developing world to compete, because most rich countries use carbon more sparingly. Globally, these tariffs are inefficient and make climate policies even costlier. But crucially, they act as back-door protectionism for rich countries.

For the rich world to cut 20% of its emissions, a standard model shows it will cost them $310 billion a year. Using carbon tariffs, the rich world can instead end up $400 billion better off, making $90 billion by forcing businesses to move back to the rich world. Instead, they impose more than half a trillion in extra costs onto the world’s poor. As one highly quoted study concludes, “the main effect of carbon tariffs is to shift the economic burden of developed-world climate policies to the developing world.”

The EU and others believe that higher tariff threats will force the developing world to adopt their own costly climate policies. This could be a disastrous misjudgment.

If the US were to implement a national $40 tax per ton of carbon, one recent study shows this would cost $73 billion yearly in lost growth. If the US also decided to force Chinese exports to pay tariffs equivalent to this carbon tax, it would confer a loss on China of $24 billion. But this wouldn’t help push China to implement its own $40 carbon tax domestically, because that would cost the Chinese an eye-watering $210 billion a year.

Instead, it is likely that forcing developing countries to choose between losing billions and losing even more billions will lead to profound resentment with a rich world that claims to implement climate policies to help, but really shifts the costs onto the world’s poor. It could lead to a tariff war and the developing world shaping their separate free trading regime.

The effective way to address the real problem of climate change is to dramatically ramp up investment into green energy research and development. If the price of green energy could be innovated below fossil fuels over the next decade, everyone would happily switch.

The G7 need to come to their senses and fund green innovation. Depriving the world’s poor of the twin drivers of development, abundant energy and free trade is unacceptable.

Bjorn Lomborg is president of the Copenhagen Consensus and Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His latest book is “False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet.”

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Protecting natural resources without disrupting housing construction

There is certainly room for robust discussion around how best to address a housing crisis that threatens to destroy our economy and quality of life, as it widens the equity gap and puts entire populations deeper into poverty. If we’ve learned anything these past few years it’s that there are no easy solutions.

Even so, I must respectfully take issue with Jeff Montejano’s recent op-ed and his mischaracterization of a new conservation mapping initiative that will provide critical information to effectively plan future transportation and development projects – including much-needed new housing.

The initiative, called SoCal Greenprint, will provide the scientific data needed to make informed decisions when it comes to protecting Southern California’s diverse natural and agricultural resources. This strategic mapping website is being produced by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and will help both public and private sector entities identify priority locations for growth and development that can reduce or eliminate conflicts with sensitive natural areas. Developed in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Greenprint will assist land owners, developers and local governments to avoid potential litigation by identifying and assessing environmental issues early in the planning process.

Greenprint is not, as some have suggested, a deterrent to new housing, but a tool to ensure that our natural landscapes remain an invaluable asset to the millions of people who call this region home. In addition to desert, mountain and coastal habitats, some of the highest concentrations of native plant and animal species on the planet are found within our region– resources that ensure a robust economy, provide clean drinking water, protect our air and provide countless recreation opportunities.

On a grander scale, if we truly care about where and how we live, understanding and highlighting the benefits of natural lands and waters, access to parks and trails, habitat protection and increased resilience to climate change must be part of our local and regional planning processes.

Greenprint is being designed to do just that, using the best-available scientific data and delivering that information in an easily accessible and publicly available way. Those objectives were a key directive of Connect SoCal, SCAG’s 2020-2045 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy which was approved overwhelmingly this past year by the organization’s Regional Council.

Add it up, the SoCal Greenprint doesn’t increase our exposure to expensive and time-consuming litigation around development and transportation decisions; in fact, it offers the opportunity to mitigate the risk considerably.

As for The Nature Conservancy, this highly respected nonprofit organization was chosen to work with SCAG in the development of Greenprint due to its vast experience in developing similar tools for large-scale regions such as ours. The Nature Conservancy

is uniquely qualified to develop and deliver a product that meets the needs of our six-county region. It also has considerable experience conducting public outreach and working with public and private sector stakeholder groups, like private landowners, representatives from the building industry, state conservation entities, as well as local jurisdictions, county governments and others.

Indeed, thorough public outreach and stakeholder engagement with the private and public sector is key to a constructive regionwide Greenprint, as outreach activities comprise more than 25% of project funding and have included members of the building and development community extensively.

Again, we appreciate a healthy debate, and we don’t pretend to claim that the SoCal Greenprint will solve our housing shortage. But we also strongly disagree with the premise that this data-driven initiative will undermine efforts to build more housing units. Better understanding our conservation and environmental landscape will only help lead to better solutions.

We encourage the building and development community to join with us in this endeavor.

Rex Richardson is president of the Southern California Association of Governments and is vice mayor of the city of Long Beach.

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Hope returns to Anaheim as California reopens

Anaheim is back.

Disneyland, a place of joy and inspiration for all Californians, is about to reopen after more than a year.

Fans are back in the stands cheering on Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

The Anaheim Ducks are closing out their season with fans behind the glass at Honda Center.

And now we have a path forward for reopening the Anaheim Convention Center, host to some of California’s greatest events.

As mayor of one of the hardest hit cities in the coronavirus economic downturn, I’m happy to have hope again.

But the Anaheim comeback is no accident.

We have worked since Day One of the pandemic, alongside Orange County and California, to fight COVID-19 and to restore our economy.

Throughout this crisis, I have strongly advocated for Anaheim, which sometimes meant respectfully challenging the decisions of our state partners.

But I believe we always had the same end goal in mind: Protect our neighborhoods, especially those most impacted, get people safely back to work and beat COVID-19.

We all agree now we’re in a much different place. We’ve made great progress together.

Advancing our city and regional recovery effort is Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to move beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and end the color-coded tier system for closures and openings.

This puts us on track to fully reopen our economy on June 15 with some common sense public health measures.

It allows for the continued, safe reopening of businesses and gives visitors confidence to return to Anaheim, as cases continue to go down and vaccines increase.

Anaheim has played a significant role in the effort to vaccinate all Californians, including in hard hit neighborhoods.

At the Anaheim Convention Center and Disneyland Resort, we are vaccinating thousands each day.

So far, 400,000 vaccines and counting have been given in our city.

In our priority ZIP code, 92805, we work with the county of Orange and trusted partners to bring shots to those who may need a little extra help getting vaccinated.

All with the goal of saving lives and moving past this pandemic.

The pandemic’s toll on Anaheim has been tragic.

Sadly, 850 Anaheim families have lost someone to COVID-19, a sobering reminder of the true cost of this virus.

While necessary, the economic impacts of coronavirus restrictions have been devastating to Anaheim’s working families and small businesses.

In 2020, Anaheim peaked at 30,000 residents out of work, surpassing what we saw during the Great Recession.

Thousands of businesses have closed, some for good.

In response, our city has provided more than $65 million in rent assistance, small-business grants and aid to families, seniors and children, in part with funding from our state partners.

But the best assistance we can provide is economic recovery. We join California in forging a path forward to put this crisis behind us for good.

Brighter days are ahead for Anaheim and all of California.

Harry Sidhu is mayor of Anaheim.

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High school football scores for Saturday, April 17

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

SATURDAY’S RESULTS

SOUTHERN SECTION

ANGELUS LEAGUE

Loyola 54, Crespi 6

St. Francis 54, St. Paul 0

CAMINO LEAGUE

Bishop Diego 33, Newbury Park 14

CITRUS BELT LEAGUE

Beaumont 26, Redlands East Valley 0

Cajon 22, Citrus Valley 19

Yucaipa 31, Redlands 6

DESERT EMPIRE LEAGUE

Xavier Prep 24, Shadow Hills 21

INLAND VALLEY LEAGUE

Riverside Poly 17, Lakeside 9

Vista del Lago 24, Moreno Valley 0

IVY LEAGUE

Rancho Verde 26, Heritage 12

Temescal Canyon 42, Elsinore 37

MARMONTE LEAGUE

Calabasas 34, Thousand Oaks 20

MOJAVE RIVER LEAGUE

Oak Hills 41, Sultana 0

Serrano 61, Hesperia 7

MOUNTAIN PASS LEAGUE

San Jacinto 35, Citrus Hill 21

SAN ANDREAS LEAGUE

Jurupa Hills 31, Summit 0

TRINITY LEAGUE

Mater Dei 34, St. John Bosco 17

VALLE VISTA LEAGUE

Northview 20, Los Altos 12

NONLEAGUE

Camarillo 14, Agoura 7

La Serna 20, Alta Loma 13

St. Bernard 64, Dominguez 25

St. Monica 34, Gabrielino 6

West Valley 27, Canyon Springs 14

Whittier Christian 21, Alhambra 20

L.A. CITY SECTION

EASTERN LEAGUE

Bell 48, Maywood CES 6

NONLEAGUE

Venice 35, Garfield 10

 

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

SOUTHERN SECTION

ALMONT LEAGUE

Schurr 14, Bell Gardens 7

AMBASSADOR LEAGUE

Arrowhead Christian 64, Linfield Christian 6

BASELINE LEAGUE

Damien 41, Upland 31

Etiwanda 15, Rancho Cucamonga 14

BAY LEAGUE

Mira Costa 35, Redondo 14

Palos Verdes 42, Peninsula 9

CAMINO REAL LEAGUE

St. Genevieve 42, Bishop Montgomery 7

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

CITRUS 4 LEAGUE

Colony 36, Los Osos 22

CROSS VALLEY LEAGUE

Big Bear 26, Silver Valley 12

Riverside Prep 35, Trinity Classical Academy 14

DEL REY LEAGUE

Harvard-Westlake 35, Mary Star 7

La Salle 31, St. Anthony 7

DEL RIO LEAGUE

California 21, Whittier 17

El Rancho 47, Santa Fe 21

DESERT SKY LEAGUE

Granite Hills 24, Victor Valley 16

Silverado 60, Adelanto 36

EMPIRE LEAGUE

Tustin 48, Placentia Valencia 0

FOOTHILL LEAGUE

Saugus 21, Valencia 7

FREEWAY LEAGUE

Fullerton 35, Sonora 28

La Habra 28, Sunny Hills 21

GOLD COAST LEAGUE

Sierra Canyon 51, Paraclete 2

GOLDEN LEAGUE

Highland 47, Eastside 0

Quartz Hill 55, Littlerock 6

HACIENDA LEAGUE

Diamond Bar 24, Walnut 21

Ontario 28, Nogales 6

MIRAMONTE LEAGUE

Ganesha 40, La Puente 28

MISSION LEAGUE

Alemany 25, Serra 24

Chaminade 42, Cathedral 20

Notre Dame/SO 16, Bishop Amat 13

MOORE LEAGUE

Compton 40, Long Beach Jordan 23

Long Beach Poly 48, Millikan 0

Wilson 28, Lakewood 7

NORTH HILLS LEAGUE

Brea Olinda 27, El Dorado 0

ORANGE COAST LEAGUE

Santa Ana 36, Orange 34

PACIFIC LEAGUE

Arcadia 27, Crescenta Valley 13

Pasadena 33, Muir 6

Burbank 25, Burroughs 7

PIONEER LEAGUE

North Torrance 36, West Torrance 29

Torrance 55, South Torrance 33

RIO HONDO LEAGUE

South Pasadena 35, Temple City 8

RIVER VALLEY LEAGUE

Hillcrest 42, Patriot 0

Norte Vista 47, Arlington 6

Ramona 63, La Sierra 0

SAN ANTONIO LEAGUE

Claremont 38, Chaffey 0

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY LEAGUE

Warren 41, Downey 38

SOUTH COAST LEAGUE

San Clemente 10, Mission Viejo 7

Tesoro 26, San Juan Hills 25

SOUTHWESTERN LEAGUE

Chaparral 52, Murrieta Valley 41

Temecula Valley 34, Great Oak 7

Vista Murrieta 31, Murrieta Mesa 14

SUBURBAN LEAGUE

La Mirada 42, Bellflower 6

SUNSET LEAGUE

Corona del Mar 42, Fountain Valley 7

Edison 56, Huntington Beach 8

Los Alamitos 41, Newport Harbor 3

TRINITY LEAGUE

Orange Lutheran 52, JSerra 20

NONLEAGUE

Apple Valley 49, Culver City 42

Ayala 42, Chino Hills 0

Charter Oak 42, South Hills 13

Inglewood 58, Monrovia 19

Irvine 35, Dana Hills 33

Ocean View 48, Montclair 33

Rancho Alamitos 22, Beckman 14

San Marino 49, Glendale 18

Sierra Vista 58, Cerritos 21

L.A. CITY SECTION

EAST VALLEY LEAGUE

Arleta 32, North Hollywood 13

Sun Valley Poly 38, Monroe 20

Grant 48, Verdugo Hills 0

EASTERN LEAGUE

South East 38, Legacy 20

EXPOSITION LEAGUE

Manual Arts 60, Santee 0

MARINE LEAGUE

Banning 20, Carson 10

NORTHERN LEAGUE

Lincoln 50, Wilson 12

VALLEY MISSION LEAGUE

Kennedy 21, Sylmar 13

Reseda 32, San Fernando 8

WEST VALLEY LEAGUE

Birmingham 28, Granada Hills 16

Chatsworth 21, El Camino Real 19

Cleveland 53, Taft 14

WESTERN LEAGUE

Palisades 35, Fairfax 6

Westchester 14, Hamilton 0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TeGantvoort shared similar sentiments on the victory.

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

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Dodgers score 5 runs in 12th inning to beat Padres in opener

  • The Dodgers’ Max Muncy is safe at home plate after a throwing error by Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. as catcher Luis Campusano applies the late tag during the sixth inning of Friday’s game at PETCO Park in San Diego. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Ryan Weathers #40 of the San Diego Padres pitches during the first inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres taps Mookier Betts #42 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after tagging out on a double play during the first inning of a game at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres tags out Mookie Betts #42 after Corey Seager #42 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hit into a double play during the first inning of a game at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres avoids a high pitch as Will Smith #42 of the Los Angeles Dodgers makes the catch during the first inning of a game at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: during the inning of a game at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on after Manny Machado #13 scored on a single by Luis Campusano #21 of the San Diego Padres during the second inning of a game at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Luis Campusano #21 looks on as Ryan Weathers #40 of the San Diego Padres walks off the mound after being taken out during the fourth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Ryan Weathers #40 of the San Diego Padres walks off the field after being taken out of the game during the fourth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws to first but is unable to get the out on a single by Wil Myers #5 of the San Diego Padres during the fourth inning of a game at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Tommy Pham #28 of the San Diego Padres returns to the dugout after striking out during the fourth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws out Jurickson Profar #10 of the San Diego Padres during the fourth inning of a game at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Dan Altavilla #57 of the San Diego Padres looks on after allowing a solo homerun to Luke Raley #62 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fourth inning of a game at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Luis Campusano #21 of the San Diego Padres looks on as Luke Raley #62 of the Los Angeles Dodgers touches the plate after hitting a solo homerun during the fifth inning of a game at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres hits a solo homerun as Will Smith #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and umpire Mark Ripperger #90 look on during the fifth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres reacts after hitting a solo homerun as umpire Mark Ripperger #90 looks on during the fifth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Manny Machado #13 of the San Diego Padres congratulates Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres after his solo homerun during the fifth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Jake Cronenworth #9 congratulates Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres after his solo homerun during the fifth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres leaps to field a single hit by Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning of a game at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres leaps to field a single hit by Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning of a game at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres overthrows first base on a single hit by Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning of a game at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is safe at home plate after a throwing error by Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 as Luis Campusano #21 of the San Diego Padres places the tag late while umpire Mark Ripperger #90 looks on during the sixth inning of a game at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is safe at home plate after a throwing error by Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 as Luis Campusano #21 of the San Diego Padres places the tag late while umpire Mark Ripperger #90 looks on during the sixth inning of a game at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is safe at home plate after a throwing error by Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 during the sixth inning of a game at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Jake Cronenworth #9 congratulates Ha-Seong Kim #7 of the San Diego Padres after he scored on a throwing error during the seventh inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Victor Gonzalez #81 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the eighth inning of a game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Will Smith #16 scores on an RBI double by Zach McKinstry #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers as Luis Campusano #21 of the San Diego Padres awaits the throw during the eighth inning of a game at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Will Smith #16 scores on a double by Zach McKinstry #8 and is congratulated by Luke Raley #62 of the Los Angeles Dodgers as Luis Campusano #21 of the San Diego Padres looks on during the eighth inning of a game at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers connects for an RBI single as Luis Campusano #21 of the San Diego Padres looks on during the ninth inning of a game at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Will Smith #16 congratulates Mookie Betts #50 after he scored on an RBI single by Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning of a game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 and Jake Cronenworth #9 congratulate Manny Machado #13 after he scored on a single by Eric Hosmer #30 of the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Dennis Santana #77 of the Los Angeles Dodgers challenges Jorge Mateo #3 of the San Diego Padres after hitting him with a pitch during the tenth inning of a game at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Will Smith #16 and Max Muncy #13 hold back Dennis Santana #77 of the Los Angeles Dodgers as he challenges Jurickson Profar #10 after hitting Jorge Mateo #3 of the San Diego Padres with a pitch looks on during the tenth inning of a game at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Will Smith #16 and Max Muncy #13 hold back Dennis Santana #77 of the Los Angeles Dodgers as he challenged Jorge Mateo #3 after hitting him with a pitch as Jurickson Profar #10 of the San Diego Padres looks on during the tenth inning of a game at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Will Smith #16 and Max Muncy #13 hold back Dennis Santana #77 of the Los Angeles Dodgers as he challenged Jorge Mateo #3 after hitting him with a pitch as Jurickson Profar #10 of the San Diego Padres looks on while umpire Mark Ripperger #90 intervenes during the tenth inning of a game at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Third base coach Dino Ebel congratulates Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after his two run homerun during the twelth inning of a game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • The Dodgers’ Corey Seager, right, is congratulated by teammate Mookie Betts as Padres catcher Victor Caratini looks on after Seager hit a tiekbreaking two-run home run during the 12th inning of Friday’s game at PETCO Park in San Diego. The Dodgers won the opener of the three-game series, 11-6. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Tim Hill #25, Fernando Tatis Jr. #23, Eric Hosmer #30, and Manny Machado #13 of the San Diego Padres look on from the mound during the 12th inning of a game at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Manager Jayce Tingler relieves Tim Hill #25, as Jake Cronenworth #9, Eric Hosmer #30, Manny Machado #13, Luis Campusano #21 and Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres look on during the twelth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., right, goes over the top of Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, as Muncy slides in safely to second base during the 12th inning of a baseball game Friday, April 16, 2021, in San Diego. Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor grounded into a fielders choice, and Tatis picked up a fielding error on the play. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner (10) reacts with teammate Luke Raley (62) after scoring off a single by Raley during the twelfth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Friday, April 16, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: David Price #33 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the 12th inning of a game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Corey Seager #5 and Zach McKinstry #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hug as Wil Myers #5 of the San Diego Padres walks off the field after the Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres 11-6 in a 12 inning game at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Justin Turner #10, Mookie Betts #50, Corey Seager #5 and Zach McKinstry #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate defeating the San Diego Padres 11-6 in a twelve inning game at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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SAN DIEGO — Did they leave anything for the second act?

With early-aughts ThunderStix apparently teleported in for the occasion, Friday’s first meeting between the Dodgers and their newly-minted NL West challengers did a better job of living up to Justin Turner’s spring prediction of 19 regular-season World Series games than down to the ho-hum, all-business attitude some Dodgers put on this week.

“Yeah, it felt like a rivalry tonight,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who rejected that label this spring.

The San Diego Padres came from behind with two runs in the eighth inning off Corey Knebel then did it again with a run in the ninth, down to their last strike against Kenley Jansen.

But Corey Seager finally decided things in the 12th inning, leading off with a two-run home run – an unholy phrase birthed by baseball’s new extra-innings rule – that sparked a five-run inning and gave the Dodgers an 11-6 victory over the Padres late Friday night at Petco Park.

“That was the most exciting thing I’ve ever been a part of,” said Dodgers rookie Luke Raley, who hit his first MLB home run but did not have to live a sheltered life before making that statement.

The first of seven meetings over 10 days (and 19 during the regular season) between the two teams expected to vie for National League supremacy, it was quite an opening act for the season-long drama ahead. The last inning featured Joe Musgrove – feted in a pre-game ceremony for throwing the first no-hitter in Padres history earlier this week – playing left field for the Padres and David Price collecting the second RBI of his 13-year career and first win with the Dodgers.

“It felt like a playoff game,” Roberts said. “They deployed a lot of guys. We deployed a lot of guys. The intensity was there. Man, I can look up and down my lineup card and everyone contributed.

“I’m just spent emotionally. … We responded. They answered back. They kept fighting. We kept fighting.”

In fact, they nearly did. The game even featured the first staredown of the rivalry when the Dodgers’ Dennis Santana hit Jorge Mateo with a pitch in the 10th inning – a duo not even on the board when predicting who would set off the first benches-clearing confrontation in this matchup.

“I was kind of thinking about that out in the bullpen,” said Price, a veteran of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. “All rivalries in baseball are really good. But once you get that first benches-clearing whatever happens – that’s when it goes to that next level.”

This one already had plenty of levels.

The Padres activated their star shortstop, Fernando Tatis Jr., from the Injured List for the series, reportedly advising him about the “danger points” and “high-risk plays” they hoped he would avoid – things like diving for balls – so he wouldn’t re-injure the shoulder he partially dislocated just 11 days ago.

He didn’t heed their advice.

With runners on first and third and two outs in the sixth inning, Tatis made a diving stop of Chris Taylor’s ground ball into the hole, rolled over and tried to throw to second base for an inning-ending forceout that would have preserved a one-run Padres’ lead – built on a Tatis home run.

His throw was wide of the base and scuttled off into right field as two Dodger runs scored. The error led to a three-run boondoggle and a two-run lead for the Dodgers to protect over the final three innings.

They couldn’t.

It turned into a one-run lead when the Padres scored on a throwing error by Zach McKinstry in the seventh, then a two-run lead again when McKinstry’s double over right fielder Wil Myers’ head drove in a run in the top of the eighth.

Knebel came in to protect that lead in the eighth and gave up a leadoff single to Manny Machado. It was the first hit off Knebel this season (by the 18th batter he faced).

Two batters later, Myers’ single was the second then Jurickson Profar’s double down the left field line was the third. Two runs scored on the double, tying the game.

Jansen came in and put out the fire with two runners on then the Dodgers gave him a new lead to protect. Mookie Betts led off the ninth with a single, went to second when Seager dribbled a ground out in front of home plate and scored when Turner lashed a single through the infield.

But Jansen had to go through the teeth of the Padres’ order to close it out in the bottom of the ninth. He didn’t quite make it. He walked Machado with two outs. Machado stole second to get into scoring position then advanced to third on a pitch in the dirt. Down to his last strike, Eric Hosmer drove a ground ball single into center field to tie the score again.

Santana loaded the bases in the 10th but froze Tatis on a called third strike to escape. In the 11th, Roberts turned to Thursday night’s closer, Price, who had pitched on consecutive days just twice before in his career. He went the final two innings, getting the win when the Dodgers broke the game open in the 12th on Seager’s home run, RBI singles by McKinstry and Luke Raley – and a sacrifice fly by Price.

­“I mean, it had everything. It really did,” Roberts said. “It was incredible. It’s hard for me to kind of process this one right now. I’ll take the win and I’ll probably not even try to think through this game again and get ready for tomorrow.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And one spirited student section.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Girls basketball roundup: Taylor Feldman leads Crean Lutheran past Bonita in Division 2AA showdown

IRVINE — Crean Lutheran High’s girls basketball team served notice Wednesday, April 14 that it will be ready for the new playoff divisions this spring.

Junior guard Taylor Feldman scored 39 points and sophomore forward Maya Bland added 21 rebounds as the host Saints defeated visiting Bonita of La Verne 58-47 in a nonleague game between CIF Division 2AA contenders.

Taylor Feldman been working in pandemic! Oh my! ⁦@ocvarsity⁩ ⁦@creanlutheranhs🏀💯pic.twitter.com/LDWwuFtjcS

— Dan Albano (@ocvarsityguy) April 15, 2021

Crean Lutheran (4-2) transitions this season to Division 2AA from Division 3AA, the group it almost captured last year, falling to Santa Monica 44-40 in the championship.

Bonita (2-1) returns three returners starters from a squad that reached the second round of the 2AA playoffs last season and is the defending co-champion of the Palomares League.

Some observes in the county believed Wednesday’s game would provide a better read on Crean Lutheran’s status in the division, plus the chances for teams such as Tesoro, San Juan Hills, Tustin, Orange Lutheran, Brea Olinda, Canyon and Corona del Mar among others.

“It’s a great win for us,” said Feldman, who scored 22 points in the second half. “And great to see that it’s not like a huge, ‘Oh, no, we’re in Division 2AA.’ We can beat teams. We got this. We just need to build that confidence up, and then we’ll be perfectly fine.”

Crean Lutheran’s opening to the second half will certainly help with confidence. After Bonita’s Lauryn Urend sank a 3-pointer from the corner just before the halftime buzzer to trim the Saints’ lead to 30-24, Crean Lutheran started the third period with an 11-0 run.

Feldman scored first off a backdoor cut and dish from fellow junior guard Emily Reed, who finished with 12 points. The speedy guard then grabbed a long rebound off a 3-point attempt and raced for the layup.

But the trademark of the surge was Crean Lutheran’s defensive pressure, and press that ignited its fast-break. Bland and Feldman anchored the defense with multiple steals.

“They work so well together,” said Crean Lutheran coach Bianca Ziemann, who started two sophomores, two juniors and a senior. “We’re very young but every game we’re getting better and better, and that’s what I’m most proud of. Our defense did great tonight.”

The Saints, ranked No. 16 in Orange County, were especially effective slowing on Bryanna Graham, Bonita’s leading scorer on the early season. She scored all 12 of her points in the second half. Alisha Wilson led Bonita with 13 points and provided a strong presence in the post.

Feldman took care of the offense, using multiple fakes to attack the basket for layups and floaters. She nearly matched her season-high of 43 points without sinking a 3-pointer.

Bonita coach Taylor Anderson said rebounding and guarding Feldman were problematic.

“She’s a phenomenal player,” Anderson said. “You have to make sure that your help-side (defense) is there. … She’s the best guard that we’ve faced so far.”

Reed sank two 3-pointers in the first period to help the Saints open a 17-6 lead. Senior Maddie Snyder added one of her two field-goals for the Saints in the opening quarter.

In other games:

No. 6 Fairmont Prep 44, No. 10 San Clemente 12: Mia Yamamoto scored 12 points to lead the host Huskies past the Tritons, who were missing three starters.

No. 24 Anaheim 60, No. 22 Santiago 55: Serena Ileleji scored 26 points to pace the visiting Colonists (5-3).

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Orange County girls basketball top 25 rankings, April 14

Orange County girls basketball rankings for the 2021 spring season.

GIRLS BASKETBALL TOP 25

(Records through April 13)

1. Mater Dei (4-0): The Monarchs closest game so far is a 41-point victory, and Anaheim and Fairmont Prep are next this week.

2. Orangewood Academy (0-0): The Spartans open at Centennial Corona on Friday.

3. Troy (5-3): The Warriors handled San Clemente 58-31 on Tuesday behind 14 points by Endigo Parker.

4. Sage Hill (5-1): Lightning point guard Isabel Gomez posted a triple-double against Westminster on Monday.

5. Rosary (4-1):Kaylee Byon stayed hot with 24 points in a 61-46 victory against Aliso Niguel on Monday but Sierra Canyon and Etiwanda loom this week.

6. Fairmont Prep (4-2): The Huskies handled Tustin on Tuesday behind 22 points by Mia Yamamoto.

7. Aliso Niguel (4-4): Credit the Wolverines for playing a challenging schedule, including Esperanza, Harvard-Westlake, Fairmont Prep and Rosary in their last four.

8. Esperanza (3-2)

Aztecs have won three straight after opening with losses to Mater Dei and Aliso Niguel.

9. Huntington Beach (6-0)

Center Andie Payne created havoc for opponents early in her senior season.

10. San Clemente (1-3)

Tritons trailed Troy by 22 points at halftime Tuesday but were more competitive in the second half.

11. Sonora (3-3)

12. Tesoro (3-1)

13. Orange Lutheran (5-2)

14. San Juan Hills (5-2) 

15. Tustin (7-3)

16. Crean Lutheran (3-2)

17. Corona del Mar (2-4)

18. Brea Olinda (2-1)

19. Foothill (6-2)

20. Villa Park (3-2)

21. JSerra (0-0)

22. Santiago (4-0)

23. Canyon (4-6)

24. Anaheim (4-3) 

25. Portola (4-0)

Also considered: Kennedy, Fountain Valley, Oxford Academy

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

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