Mater Dei accepts transfer quarterback Miller Moss, sets return to football workouts

The immediate direction of Mater Dei’s football program became a bit more clear on Tuesday.

The Trinity League school confirmed that it has accepted touted transfer Miller Moss of Alemany but said the USC-committed senior quarterback has not yet registered.

Last week, it was reported that Moss applied to Mater Dei but had not been accepted.

Enrollment is the major step in completing the transfer process and will become the next benchmark for Moss.

The Monarchs also announced Tuesday that they will return modified football workouts on Monday, June 22.

Orange County athletics has idle since mid-March because of the coronavirus but Tustin and Los Alamitos’ football teams began to practice Monday.

Mater Dei’s rival St. John Bosco also is expected to return to workouts Monday. Trinity League contender Servite is expected to resume workouts July 6.

Last season, Moss (6-3, 200) passed for 3,118 yards and 28 TDs to help Alemany reach the semifinals of the CIF-SS Division 3 playoffs. The Monarchs finished 12-1 last season, losing to St. John Bosco in the CIF-SS Division 1 final.

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Fryer: A few surprises among the Orange County football teams off to 3-0 starts


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Everybody expected Mater Dei to start this football season 3-0.

Not many would have forecast a 3-0 start for Newport Harbor. Or Dana Hills. Or Fullerton, or Calvary Chapel. Orange County football has other 3-0 teams, but those four were not among the ones expected to be at 3-0.

But here they are, off to great starts …

Newport Harbor: The Sailors on Friday got their most impressive win of 2019, a 24-14 victory over Aliso Niguel. When Newport Harbor was always in the Orange County top 10 the Sailors won with defense and a solid running game. The Sailors forced six turnovers and had two players, Cole Lavin and Justin McCoy, who surpassed 100 rushing yards against Aliso Niguel.

Dana Hills: The Dolphins are 3-0 for the first time in 15 years. It’s good to see a program that’s been down so long have success.

Calvary Chapel: The Eagles got to 3-0 with a 40-14 win Thursday over Capistrano Valley Christian. With two very winnable games coming up, look for them to be 5-0 when they open Orange Coast League play against Estancia.

Fullerton: The previous wins over Santa Fe and Whittier did not grab attention, but the 40-33 win Friday over Canyon does. It’s been said that Sunny Hills is the Freeway League’s second-best team after La Habra. Maybe it’s actually Fullerton and running back Arthur Shaw who rushed for 269 yards and five touchdowns against Canyon.

Extra points:

• Mater Dei of course is 3-0. The Monarchs have dominated through the three games, averaging 59 points a game. They beat Centennial of Peoria, the No. 4 ranked team in Arizona, 71-21 on Friday.

• On the flip side … Los Alamitos, a 20-14 loser to Long Beach Poly on Friday, is the best 0-3 team in county football.

• Having now observed the top three teams in the Orange County top 25 – in order, Mater Dei, JSerra and Mission Viejo – that order looks correct. Mater Dei is way ahead of JSerra whereas JSerra and Mission Viejo are tight. JSerra looked superior to Mission Viejo offensively; Mission Viejo looks superior to JSerra defensively … but not by as much of a margin as JSerra appears superior to Mission Viejo offensively.

• Mater Dei was in Arizona on Friday to play a game, JSerra had its first home game Friday after playing in Utah and San Diego, Servite is in Las Vegas to play Bishop Gorman on Saturday and Santa Margarita played Friday in Colorado. Trinity League teams wouldn’t have to take such trips if more Southern California teams would be willing to play them. Of course, when you look at the score of Villa Park’s loss last week to Mater Dei, 63-7, it’s easy to see that Southern California teams might want no part of that.

• The ending of Dana Hills’ 50-7 win Thursday over Saddleback was smelly – a long touchdown pass by the Dolphins that followed a timeout. Please, never call time out to run a play when you’re up by 37 points with 14 seconds to go. So what that you’ve got 12 guys on the field and that’s why you called the timeout to avoid the inconsequential penalty, because a 44-7 win should suffice.

• St. Margaret’s 30-22 win over La Mirada on Friday is noteworthy. Although La Mirada was 2-9 last year, it is ranked No. 10 in Division 4 this season. It’s also a larger public school and a good challenge for St. Margaret’s, which has a bye next week before playing a road game Sept. 20 against El Toro.

• Katella went 10-0 in the regular season last year and it’s likely the Knights will do the same this year. They have defeated Valencia, Westminster and Esperanza by an average margin of 25 points. Katella’s next game, on Friday, Sept. 13 against Marina at Glover Stadium, will be the Knights’ most severe test before they get to Orange League games.

• Coming up next week (all Friday): Villa Park at Mission Viejo; San Juan Hills vs. Edison at Huntington Beach High; Narbonne of Harbor City vs. Orange Lutheran at Orange Coast College; Yorba Linda at Capistrano Valley; El Modena at Fullerton; La Habra at Calabasas; Sunny Hills at Brea Olinda; Rancho Alamitos at Garden Grove; Laguna Beach at Dana Hills; and Beckman at Ocean View.

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All of OCVarsity’s stories, photos, scores and more from the Week 1 games

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


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FRIDAY’S GAMES

OCVarsity Photos: Great plays, fun moments from Friday’s high school football games

Mission Viejo wins a tough one against Santa Margarita

Western unites behind Del Toro to beat Huntington Beach

High school football: Friday’s scores, Aug. 30

 

Ryan Zanelli throws five first-half TD passes in La Habra’s victory over Redlands East Valley

San Juan Hills defense overwhelms Capistrano Valley

Fryer on football: Cypress’ Isaac Hurtado is back, and for real this time

 

Hurtado scores four TDs as Cypress rolls over Santa Ana

Aliso Niguel uses stunning finish to beat Sunny Hills

Roundup: Ethan Garbers throws five touchdowns to lead Corona del Mar to victory in NorCal

Foothill powers its way past Tustin to claim Crosstown Rivlary Trophy

Defense leads the way as Centennial rolls past Orange Lutheran

Vista Murrieta strikes twice on special teams in win over struggling Los Alamitos

Ryan Zanelli throws five first-half TD passes in La Habra’s victory over Redlands East Valley

 

THURSDAY’S GAMES

Thursday’s scores: All of the scores from Thursday’s CIF-SS games.

Power outage isn’t enough to slow down Edison in win over Carson

Anaheim shows off new passing attack in romp against La Quinta

Orange dominates Garden Grove in impressive season debut

Loara relies on stingy defense to beat Estancia in opener

Rancho Alamitos defense plays pivotal role in win over Savanna

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Foothill powers its way past Tustin to claim Crosstown Rivlary Trophy

TUSTIN – With a strong offensive line, there was no wrong that Foothill running back Roman Pistone could do.


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The junior rushed for 195 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries to lead Foothill to a 28-14 victory over Tustin on Friday night at Tustin High.

The victory returned the Crosstown Rivalry Trophy to Foothill after Tustin had won it the past two years.

Quarterback Luke Peterman got the scoring started for Foothill (2-0) with a 26-yard pass to Michael McFarlin in the first quarter. It was the Knights’ only score in the first half.

Postgame interview with Foothill running back Roman Pistone as his 195 rushing yards were enough to take the Crosstown Rivalry Trophy back to Foothill. @ocvarsity #ocvfans @GoFoothill @SportsFoothill @FoothillASB pic.twitter.com/CRX12DSxt4

— Manny Alvarez (@MAlvarez02) August 31, 2019

Postgame interview with Luke Peterman of Foothill as his offensive line protects him in the Kinghts 28-14 win over Tustin!@ocvarsity #ocvfans @GoFoothill @SportsFoothill @FoothillASB pic.twitter.com/3fPnYcDXJT

— Manny Alvarez (@MAlvarez02) August 31, 2019

Tustin (0-2) had an opportunity to score before halftime, driving the ball down the field thanks to the passing of Mateo Vasquez, but Vincent Zaragoza’s attempt on a 42-yard field goal fell just short of the post. The Tillers had the ball for all but two minutes in the second quarter.

“We started slow,” Tustin coach Anthony Lopez said. “I felt we figured some things out. They put us in some spots defensively and they executed their game plan well. We have to learn from this and move on.”

Foothill went back to work in the second half, as Pistone and Peterman were effective behind the team’s offensive, which didn’t allow a sack. Pistone found space to run for a 10-yard score and threw to Brady Schrank for a 16-yard touchdown pass.


Foothill’s Isaiah Bolanos holds the Crosstown Rivalry Trophy while celebrating with teammates after a victory over Tuistin on Friday night, Aug. 30. (Photo by Manny Alvarez)

“The O-line works their tail off every day,” Pistone said. “Every day at practice, they’re working hard. It’s because of all of them that we won tonight. They just did a great job tonight.”

Tustin stayed with Foothill thanks to a big run by Matt Rodriguez that led to a 2-yard touchdown run, but Pistone put the finishing touch on the outcome with a 10-yard score.

“Roman did a fantastic job,” Foothill coach Doug Case said. “We were clicking really good on offense and defense held us in the game. We had a shutout going until the fourth quarter. We are firing on all cylinders right now.”

Postgame interview with Foothill coach Doug Case as his Knights defeat their rival 28-14!@ocvarsity #ocvfans @GoFoothill @SportsFoothill @FoothillASB pic.twitter.com/S7O3x6bBzK

— Manny Alvarez (@MAlvarez02) August 31, 2019

Rodriguez rushed for 113 yards on 18 carries and a score, and Yahir Carbajal and Ernesto Nava each had seven tackles for Tustin.

The Tillers will face Don Lugo of Chino on Friday Sept. 6.

Peterman completed 12 of 17 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns while running for 42 yards on six carries and a score.

Foothill will face Beckman on Friday, Sept. 6.

 

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Friday’s games, Aug. 23

Fryer on football: Corona del Mar’s offense could be amazing


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Whicker: Can you be No. 1 and underrated? Mater Dei looked like it Friday

Ethan Garbers sets Orange County record with 8 TD passes as Corona del Mar crushes Downey

OCVarsity photos: See the highlights from Friday’s season-opening football games

Roundup: Canyon rallies from 20-point deficit to stun Nevada opponent

Capistrano Valley uses a fourth-quarter rally to get by Tustin

 

 

Mater Dei makes it another romp against Centennial

Marina shakes off rough start to top Laguna Hills

Fullerton’s Arthur Shaw too much for Santa Fe in opener

Newport Harbor arrives motivated, knocks off Woodbridge

Santa Margarita football outlasts Redlands East Valley

Big plays for Muir football carry Mustangs past Western

Orange Lutheran’s young players, defense too much for San Juan Hills

Katella football fends off Valencia rally to win season opener

High school football: Friday’s scores, Aug. 23

 


La Habra’s Brandon Vasquez #1, looks to avoid Upland’s Tyevin Ford, #5, during the first half of Thursday’s non-league game at Upland High School in Upland, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. (Photo by John Valenzuela, Contributing Photographer)

Thursday’s games, Aug. 22

OCVarsity video: Phillips, Zanelli star in La Habra’s huge win over Upland

Beckman uses experience, turnovers to hold off Troy in football opener

High school football: Thursday’s scores, Aug. 22

Makai Lemon, La Mirada shut down El Toro in football opener

Clark Phillips III, Ryan Zanelli lead La Habra past Upland in season-opening thriller

Cypress quarterbacks play big role in victory over Peninsula

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Fryer on football: Corona del Mar’s offense could be amazing

Corona del Mar’s football team returned 10 of 11 offensive starters from last year’s team that averaged 35 points a game.

We guessed a couple of weeks ago that the Sea Kings this year would average 40 points a game.

Looks like we were wrong.

Corona del Mar opened the 2019 season Friday night with a 57-14 win over Downey.

Sea Kings senior quarterback Ethan Garbers threw an Orange County-record eight touchdown passes and finished with 480 yards. He has a great group or receivers, including seniors John Humphreys and Bradley Schlom and senior tight end Mark Redman.


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Garbers, whose brother Chase is competing for the starting quarterback position at Cal, committed to Washington, as has Redman, and Humphreys committed to Stanford.

Of course, no quarterback throws for 480 yards and eight touchdowns without an outstanding offensive line.

Corona del Mar gets perhaps a tougher test next week. The Sea Kings travel north to play St. Francis of Mountain View, a team that was 11-3 last year but does not have nearly as many returnees as Corona del Mar.

If Corona del Mar can score 57 points in its first game, how many will the Sea Kings score as they inevitably get better week after week?

More on what happened in Week 0:

• When Bruce Rollinson last season completed his 30th season as Mater Dei’s coach with his 300th career win in the CIF State Open Division championship game, a win over De La Salle of Concord, it seemed the perfect time for Rollinson to call it a career – the round numbers of 30 season and 300 wins, and CIF-Southern Section and state championships. But he stuck around for at least a 31st season and we found out why Friday. He has a great senior quarterback, Bryce Young, and great players all over the place as the Monarchs proved Friday in their 42-12 win over Centennial of Corona.

• Marina put together a great comeback win over Laguna Hills, 33-20. Pharoah Rush, about as good of a name for a running back as you will see, rushed for 115 yards on 15 carries. Laguna Hills had its star, too, in Mitch Leigbar who collected 352 all-purpose yards for the Hawks, who had a 20-6 lead early in the game.

• Santa Margarita first-year head coach Brent Vieselmeyer made a successful debut. The Eagles took the trip to Redlands and beat Redlands East Valley 33-14. Junior quarterback Colt Fulton, who started his high school life at Centennial, threw touchdown passes of 35 and 27 yards to Tyler Wetmore.

• La Habra was another successful road tripper. Ryan Zanelli threw three touchdown passes and the all-around greatness of Clark Phillips III was on display as he had two interceptions for La Habra in a 21-14 win at Upland on Thursday. Zanelli has committed to Penn where he will be at the prestigious Wharton School of Business and Phillips is on his way to Ohio State, a traditional power that does not recruit Orange County players very often.

• It’s always fun to see a team that has struggled lately open a season with a win. Newport Harbor, 5-14-1 over the past two years, started this year with a 26-10 win over Woodbridge.

• If your first name is Tiger, you’d better be good, especially if you’re a freshman playing varsity football. Orange Lutheran freshman receiver Tiger Bachmeier made an acrobatic touchdown catch for the Lancers in their 27-21 win over San Juan Hills. Washington State commit Joey Hobert of San Juan Hills, who like La Habra’s Phillips is a multi-purpose star, had 10 catches for 218 yards and three touchdowns.

• Katella was impressive in its opener. It takes plenty of grit and character to beat Valencia, and Katella showed plenty of both in a 24-21 win.

• Looking ahead to next week: Orange at Garden Grove, Thursday; Savanna vs. Rancho Alamitos at Bolsa Grande, Thursday; Mission Viejo vs. Santa Margarita at Trabuco Hills, Friday; Valencia at Yorba Linda, Friday; Capistrano Valley at San Juan Hills, Friday; Western at Huntington Beach, Friday; and Villa Park vs. Mater Dei at Santa Ana Stadium, Saturday.

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OCVarsity photos: See the highlights from Friday’s season-opening football games

See the great action, fun moments and pageantry from the season-opening high school football games in Orange County on Friday night. Go to the OCVarsity pages on ocregister.com to see all of the coverage of the games.

  • Newport Harbor’s Luke Hatfield carries the ball during a nonleague game against Woodbridge on Friday, August 23, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei quarterback Bryce Young, left, changes direction to avoid Centennial linebacker Colby Summa in Santa Ana on Friday, August 23, 2019. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

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  • Valencia’s Kaine Rosas is brought down by the Katella defense. Photographed on Friday , August 23, 2019. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Coach Bruce Rollinson talks to his players before the start of their game against Centennial in Santa Ana on Friday, August 23, 2019. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Valencia’s, Elijah Oropeza, leads his team through their banner to start the game against Katella high. Photographed on Friday , August 23, 2019. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Redlands East Valley’s Jalen Lemos, (#26), loses his helmet as he’s tackled by Santa Margarita’s Derek Wilkins,(#53) Gregory Doyle,(#33), during the first half of Friday’s non-league game at Citrus Valley High School in Redlands, Aug. 23, 2019. (Photo by John Valenzuela, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei wide receiver Kody Epps, left, beats Centennial cornerback Isaiah Young, right, to hang on to a pass deep in Centennial territory in Santa Ana on Friday, August 23, 2019. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Santa Margarita’s Tyler Wetmore, (#14), Nicholas Barcelos, (#22), celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Redlands east valley during the first half of Friday’s non-league game at Citrus Valley High School in Redlands, Aug. 23, 2019. (Photo by John Valenzuela, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei running back Quincy Craig, right, celebrates his touchdown with a teammate in the first quarter against Centennial in Santa Ana on Friday, August 23, 2019. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Santa Margarita’s Nicholas Barcelos, (#22), is tackled by Redlands East Valley’s Damien Flores, (#42), and Paul Munoz,(#35), during the first half of Friday’s non-league game at Citrus Valley High School in Redlands, Aug. 23, 2019. (Photo by John Valenzuela, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei running back Quincy Craig, center, pushes away Centennial linebacker Simon Hall, right, on his way to score a touchdown in the first quarter of play in Santa Ana on Friday, August 23, 2019. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • A Mater Dei fan takes a photo as she waits for the start of the game against Centennial in Santa Ana on Friday, August 23, 2019. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Woodbridge students cheer on the Warriors from the stands during a nonleague game against Newport Harbor on Friday night, August 23, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater DeiÕs Christopher Mazzuckis gets a hand on Centennial wide receiver Gary Bryant, left, but Bryant is able to get away in Santa Ana on Friday, August 23, 2019. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Centennial running back Nicholas Floyd, left, finds a hole in the Mater Dei defense and runs by Mater Dei linebacker Ray Leutele, right, for a gain in Santa Ana on Friday, August 23, 2019. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Woodbridge running back Max Tipple carries the ball during Friday’s nonleague game against Newport Harbor on August 23, 2019 at University High School. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei running back Quincy Craig, center, weaves his way through Centennial defenders on his way to score a touchdown in the first quarter in Santa Ana on Friday, August 23, 2019. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei defensive back Cameron Sidney, left, celebrates with Myles Murao after Sidney intercepted a Centennial pass in Santa Ana on Friday, August 23, 2019. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Katella’s, Pharrell Scorza, launches the ball against Valencia. Photographed on Friday , August 23, 2019. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei defensive back Josh Hunter, left, breaks up a pass intended for Centennial wide receiver Jeremy Narborne in Santa Ana on Friday, August 23, 2019. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • San Juan Hills’ Ryan Cook trips up Orange Lutheran’s Cooper Vander Hill during a non-league football game Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Valencia’s Shaun McHale loses the ball after being hit by a Katella player. The ball was recovered by Katella. Photographed on Friday , August 23, 2019. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Valencia crowd celebrates Isaac Winter’s touchdown in the first half against Katella. Photographed on Friday , August 23, 2019. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Orange Lutheran’s RJ Regan III breaks up a pass intended for San Juan Hills’ Joey Hobert during a non-league football game Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Centennial running back Nicholas Floyd, is grabbed from behind and brought down by Mater Dei defensive back Nate White in the first quarter of play in Santa Ana on Friday, August 23, 2019. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Woodbridge quarterback Ethan Assayag throws the ball during a nonleague game against Newport Harbor on Friday, August 23, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Redlands East Valley’s Jonathan Ramos, (#15), tackles Santa Margarita quarterback Colt Fulton, (#9), during the first half of Friday’s non-league game at Citrus Valley High School in Redlands, Aug. 23, 2019. (Photo by John Valenzuela, Contributing Photographer)

  • Katella’s Daniel Sifuentes recovers a fumble by Valencia’s Shaun McHale. Photographed on Friday , August 23, 2019. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Santa Margarita quarterback, Colt Fulton, (#9), throw a pass over Redlands East Valley’s Jacob Saldivar, (#41), during the first half of Friday’s non-league game at Citrus Valley High School in Redlands, Aug. 23, 2019. (Photo by John Valenzuela, Contributing Photographer)

  • Santa Margarita’s Tyler Wetmore,(#14), scores a touchdown ahead of Redlands East Valley’s Jesse Hall, (#17), during the second half of Friday’s non-league game at Citrus Valley High School in Redlands, Aug. 23, 2019. (Photo by John Valenzuela, Contributing Photographer)

  • Santa Margarita’s Jalen Jones, (#15), intercepts the ball ahead of Redlands East Valley’s Isaiah Bradford, (#1),during the first half of Friday’s non-league game at Citrus Valley High School in Redlands, Aug. 23, 2019. (Photo by John Valenzuela, Contributing Photographer)

  • Centennial running back Nicholas Floyd, left, is stopped by Mater Dei linebacker Jacobah Fuamatu, second from left, in Santa Ana on Friday, August 23, 2019. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Centennial quarterback Carter Freedland rushes the throw as he is pressured by Mater Dei tackle Tyler Narayan in Santa Ana on Friday, August 23, 2019. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • San Juan Hills’ Austin Hogan is tackled by Orange Lutheran defenders during a non-league football game Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • San Juan Hills’ Henry Vangelos tackles Orange Lutheran’s Cooper Vander Hill during a non-league football game Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • An anonymous Woodbridge football fan cheers from the stands during a nonleague game against Newport Harbor on Friday, August 23, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Orange Lutheran’s Malik Blackmon celebrates scoring against San Juan Hills during a non-league football game Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Redlands East Valley’s Xzavier McNabb(#18), reaches for a pass between Santa Margarita’s Tyler Whitman,(#18), Keanu Kama,(#11), during the first half of Friday’s non-league game at Citrus Valley High School in Redlands, Aug. 23, 2019. (Photo by John Valenzuela, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei fans cheer on their team during the game against Centennial in Santa Ana on Friday, August 23, 2019. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Orange Lutheran’s Tiger Bachmeier is tackled by a San Juan Hills defender during a non-league football game Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • San Juan Hills fans cheer after a big run against Orange Lutheran during a non-league football game Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • San Juan Hills’ Austin Hogan is tackled by Orange Lutheran’s RJ Regan III during a non-league football game Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Orange Lutheran’s Travis Laguisan is tripped up by San Juan Hills defenders during a non-league football game Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Katella football team runs through their banner to kick-off the high school football season against Valencia High. Photographed on Friday , August 23, 2019. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Katella’s, Luke Monzon, is tackled in the first quarter. Photographed on Friday , August 23, 2019. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Katella’s Miles Poland rumbles for positive yards against Valencia’s defense. Photographed on Friday , August 23, 2019. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Newport Harbor wide receiver Aidan Goltz, right, carries the ball during a nonleague game against Woodbridge on Friday, August 23, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Newport Harbor wide receiver Kyle Binford carries the ball during a nonleague game against Woodbridge on Friday, August 23, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Newport Harbor defender Brendan Duffy, right, sacks Woodbridge quarterback Tate Smith during a nonleague game between the two teams on Friday, August 23, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Newport Harbor quarterback Cole Lavin throws the ball during a nonleague game against Woodbridge on Friday, August 23, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

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Week 0 football predictions from Steve Fryer and Dan Albano

OCVarsity’s Dan Albano and Steve Fryer make their predictions for the top games in Week 0 of the high school football season.

WEEK 0 FRYER ALBANO
Centennial vs. Mater Dei Mater Dei Mater Dei
La Habra vs. Upland Upland La Habra
San Juan Hills vs. Orange Lutheran Orange Lutheran Orange Lutheran
Katella vs. Valencia Valencia Valencia
Newport Harbor vs.Woodbridge Woodbridge Newport Harbor
Marina vs. Laguna Hills Marina Laguna Hills
Capistrano Valley vs. Tustin Capistrano Valley Capistrano Valley
Troy vs. Beckman Beckman Troy
San Clemente vs. Oceanside San Clemente San Clemente
Santa Margarita vs. Redlands East Valley Santa Margarita Santa Margarita

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Beckman uses experience, turnovers to hold off Troy in football opener

TUSTIN – Two high school football teams with different levels of varsity experience met at Tustin High on Thursday night.

Being the more seasoned team paid off for Beckman in its season-opening game, and it held on for a 27-18 win over Troy with two key fourth-quarter takeaways that secured the victory.


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“Ball security is the number one predictor of success in high school football,” said Beckman coach Marcello Giuliano. “Without the defense and the special teams causing turnovers we don’t win this game.”

Trying to protect a 21-18 lead, the Patriots defense came up with a momentum-changing play when free safety Josh Carter forced a fumble by Troy quarterback Roman Arriaga.

Postgame interview with Beckman QB Jason Cheng. The senior threw for a TD and ran for another to help the Patriots beat Troy 28-17. @ocvarsity @beckmanfootball @BeckmanHS pic.twitter.com/dUCyYGKl5v

— David Delgado (@DavidDelgado_OC) August 23, 2019

Beckman (1-0) punted the ball back to the Warriors after a three-and-out, and Troy (0-1) retained possession with 1:58 left at its own 9.

Carter jarred the ball loose from Arriaga again and the Patriots recovered at the 2. Jett Daviss scored on the next play to give Beckman a nine-point cushion.

Giuliano wasn’t pleased with his team’s first-quarter effort, as Troy built a 6-0 lead.

“We were atrocious on offense, but we just needed a play here or there to spark us,” he said.

The Patriots’ first drive of the second quarter generated some points. They went on a seven-play 58-yard drive that ended with quarterback Jason Cheng finding Carter, who was wide open, on the right flank for a 16-yard TD pass and a 7-6 lead.

“This is my best friend right here,” Carter said of Cheng. “He told me right away that he was going to hit me. The linebackers didn’t pick me up and I knew right away he was throwing to me, and I just prayed to God I wouldn’t drop it.”

Beckman scored two more touchdowns to take a 21-6 lead in the third, including a special teams score off a fumble recovery by Jeff Graham.

The Warriors answered back with touchdown runs from Zavier Riggs and Shane Simpson before their turnovers sealed their fate.

Troy began the game by taking advantage of a pair of 15-yard penalties that extended their game-opening drive. Then Lukas Mucino raced 28 yards through the right side of the defense and scored the game’s first touchdown.

Troy nearly added another score after forcing a Beckman punt, but the Warriors had a touchdown called back because of a holding penalty. On the next play, Arriaga was sacked by Carter on fourth down.

“We are not the type of team that can afford to shoot ourselves in the foot,” Troy coach Mike Echaves said.

The Patriots scored a touchdown just before halftime as Cheng used his legs to break free and dive into the end zone to cap a 12-yard scoring run. The quarterback’s scramble gave Beckman a 14-6 lead with 40 seconds remaining in the half.

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High school football: Thursday’s scores, Aug. 22

Scores from the Week 0 high school football games Thursday:

O.C. SCORES & STATS

FOOTBALL

NONLEAGUE

Beckman 27, Troy 18

Calvary Chapel 63, Calif. Military Institute 12

Cypress 28, Peninsula 9

La Habra 21, Upland 14

La Mirada 38, El Toro 0

Laguna Beach 43, Green Street Academy (Md.) 13

Sonora 23, Pomona 0

Bishop Amat 17, Diamond Ranch 0

Burroughs 59, Hueneme 18

La Canada 17, Wilson/HH 14

Long Beach Wilson 24, Mayfair 13

Norte Vista 28, Paloma Valley 14

Northview 31, El Rancho 23

Pasadena Poly 42, Cathedral City 7

Cantwell-Sacred Heart 47, New Designs Watts 0

SOUTH VALLEY LEAGUE

Cornerstone Christian 35, Temecula Prep 14

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