Mookie Betts hit by 95-mph pitch in Dodgers’ loss to Mariners

The Dodgers have weathered injuries to Cody Bellinger, Gavin Lux and Tony Gonsolin in less than three weeks.

On Monday night in Seattle, they were dealt a different dose of adversity: a game they never led, their first losing streak of the season, and a heart-stopping hit-by-pitch that sent All-Star Mookie Betts to his knees.

Mariners pitcher Rafael Montero hit Betts on the right forearm with a 95-mph sinker in the ninth inning of the Dodgers’ 4-3 loss at T-Mobile Park. Betts stayed in the game, only for Corey Seager to hit into a game-ending double play.

Manager Dave Roberts said Betts’ status for Tuesday’s game in Seattle was to be determined.

“Obviously Mookie’s going to want to be in there,” Roberts said. “Gotta make sure it doesn’t affect his throwing or his swing. He’s pretty honest with me. If he feels like he can play he’ll be in there.”

Replays showed that Montero’s pitch hit Betts in the muscular part of his forearm. Roberts described it as a “soft tissue” injury. While it was possible Betts would undergo an MRI scan, those are more frequently indicative of injuries involving “hard tissue,” such as bone.

It was a painful ending to a disappointing game for the Dodgers (13-4), who also lost Sunday in San Diego. Betts, Seager and Justin Turner reached base eight times in 14 plate appearances. The rest of the lineup went 1 for 21 with two walks. They finished 2 for 9 with runners in scoring position as a team.

Starting pitcher Dustin May (1-1) allowed four runs in five innings. Only three were earned, by virtue of an error by second baseman Chris Taylor.

Taylor Trammell, who began the day hitting .152, clubbed a solo home run and hit an RBI double that led to the Mariners’ critical fourth run.

“It was a tough feeling for me,” May said of pitching from behind. “I guess I failed the team today.”

Seager’s third home run of the season gave him bragging rights for a day over his brother, Kyle, the Mariners’ designated hitter who finished 0 for 4.

The Mariners (11-6) got the last laugh.

“We had the winning run on first base in the ninth inning,” Roberts said. “I thought we just got behind the 8-ball a little bit.”

In the bottom of the first inning, May allowed a one-out single to Ty France, followed by a two-out home run to Jose Marmolejos, giving Seattle a 2-0 lead. In the second inning, Trammell launched his third home run of the season, an opposite-field shot to left-center. The Dodgers quickly trailed 3-0.

Corey Seager got a couple of runs back with one swing. Betts swatted a double against Mariners starter Justus Sheffield (1-1) in the third inning. Seager hit the very next pitch 425 feet to center field for a two-run home run.

The next batter, Turner, worked the count full before hitting a double to left field. But Sheffield struck out Will Smith on three called strikes, stranding the potential tying run at second base. Smith went 0 for 4 out of the cleanup hole.

The Dodgers were still trailing 3-2 in the fourth inning when Luis Torrens hit a routine ground ball to Taylor at second base. The ball caromed off the heel of his glove for an error. With Torrens at first, Trammell sliced a double into right field, driving in the Mariners’ fourth run.

All the run-scoring hits May allowed came against his four-seamer, sinker, and cut fastball. For all its velocity, May said, his fastball was “all over the place.”

Meanwhile, all eight of May’s strikeouts came against his curveball. The right-hander threw 92 pitches and induced 13 swings and misses – eight on the curve.

“It felt right out of the hand today,” May said of the curveball, “so I used it in spots that I felt I could take advantage with it, and it worked today.”

The Dodgers threatened to tie the score in the seventh inning. Betts singled and Seager drew a walk against Mariners reliever Anthony Misiewicz, putting runners on first and second base.

Kendall Graveman relieved Misiewicz, struck out Turner for the second out, and induced a low line drive from Smith. Only a leaping catch by Dylan Moore at third base prevented the ball from landing in the outfield and driving in the game-tying run.

“I thought it might have had a chance to get over,” Smith said.

The Dodgers put only five balls in play that dropped for hits. They’ll hope for better luck with Betts’ test results.

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Video: Mater Dei knocks off St. John Bosco in Trinity League title game | Highlights, postgame interviews

The Mater Dei football team got some redemption by knocking off its rival, St. John Bosco, on Saturday night to win the Trinity League title and the de facto championship of the spring season. See the highlights, the celebration and the postgame interviews in this video by Jonathan Khamis for the Southern California News Group.

 

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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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OCVarsity’s high school football scores, stories from Friday’s games

This is the place to find all of OCVarsity’s coverage of the high school football games on Friday, April 16.

STORIES

‘Resilient’ San Clemente overcomes Mission Viejo to win South Coast title on final play

La Habra holds off Sunny Hills to win another Freeway League title

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

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

Brea Olinda overpowers El Dorado to end season as North Hills League champions

Marina ends season with rout of Segerstrom, repeats as league champions

O.C. SCORES

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

SOUTHERN SECTION

BIG 4 LEAGUE

Marina 41, Segerstrom 7

CRESTVIEW LEAGUE

Villa Park 35, Yorba Linda 21

EMPIRE LEAGUE

Tustin 48, Valencia 0

FREEWAY LEAGUE

Fullerton 35, Sonora 28

La Habra 28, Sunny Hills 21

Troy 27, Buena Park 12

NORTH HILLS LEAGUE

Brea Olinda 27, El Dorado 0

ORANGE LEAGUE

Anaheim 51, Santa Ana Valley 12

Western 55, Century 0

ORANGE COAST LEAGUE

Estancia 42, Costa Mesa 3

Santa Ana 36, Orange 34

PAC 4 LEAGUE

Westminster 27, Laguna Beach 21

PACIFIC HILLS LEAGUE

Laguna Hills 14, Portola 10

SEA VIEW LEAGUE

Capistrano Valley 42, Aliso Niguel 27

El Toro 24, Trabuco Hills 21

SOUTH COAST LEAGUE

San Clemente 10, Mission Viejo 7

Tesoro 26, San Juan Hills 25

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

Irvine 35, Dana Hills 33

Loara 30, Santa Rosa Academy 8

Ocean View 48, Montclair 33

Rancho Alamitos 22, Beckman 14

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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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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Cypress ‘feels great’ about earning share of league title with win over Kennedy

ANAHEIM — An opportunity to go unbeaten in the Empire League in consecutive seasons was squandered by Cypress last week when it lost to Pacifica.

The Centurions (4-1, 4-1) made sure to end this season on a winning note as they recorded a 31-8 victory over Kennedy on Thursday night at Western High.

Cypress coach Rick Feldman said he started 10 underclassmen on offense in the season finale and was grateful to send his seniors off with at least a share of the Empire League title in back-to-back seasons.

“We lost a lot (of players), so we didn’t know what it was gonna be like coming back (this season), but they just picked up where our defense left off last year,” Feldman said. “It feels great to win league twice in a row, at least get a share of it this second year.”

Junior quarterback Dylan Eldredge threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns and sophomore Matthew Morrell caught seven passes for 207 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Centurions.

Cypress only needed three plays to open the scoring as Eldredge hit Morrell with a beautifully timed pass in stride for a 46-yard strike and a 7-0 lead.

Kennedy (1-4, 1-4) countered when Alex Herrera hit Hunter Benton for a 40-yard pass that gave the Fighting Irish first-and-goal at the Cypress 9. Benton finished with seven catches and 129 yards.

The Centurions kept Kennedy out of the end zone on the next three plays and when Richard Celis lined up for a 22-yard field goal, Muhammed Hassouneh blocked that attempt to keep them off the scoreboard entirely.

Tomas Ramirez scored on a 10-yard jet sweep in the second quarter to double Cypress’ lead, 14-0.

The Centurions made it 21-0 when Eldredge found Morrell for a 58-yard touchdown pass on a trick play.

In the third quarter Devin Cobb scored on an 8-yard reception from Eldredge and a blocked punt helped set up a 28-yard field goal by Michael Lajos to make it 31-0.

Feldman credited his staff, especially defensive coordinator Jeff Crooks, with constructing a successful game plan that held the Fighting Irish to eight points, which game on a fourth-quarter TD catch by AJ Frieson.

“He dials up great game plans and gets them fired up and ready to go every week as well,” Feldman said of Crooks.

Seniors Ryan Alamo, Michael Bygrave and Jake Ruiz helped anchor the defensive effort against Kennedy’s running game, and Alamo was also in on a couple of sacks of quarterback Alex Herrera, who was replaced in the second half by Kaos Devinney.

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Pacifica finishes strong, earns share of league title with rout of Crean Lutheran

GARDEN GROVE — Had there been a postseason to look forward to, Pacifica football coach Vinnie Lopez said he would have liked his team’s chances.

Lopez was feeling particularly confident after his Mariners finished their season by defeating Crean Lutheran, 52-27, Thursday at Bolsa Grande High School to earn a share of the Empire League title.

The victory was the third in a row for the Mariners (4-2, 4-1), who defeated Cypress, 26-21, last week and Valencia 36-13 on April 2. Because the season started so late, there are no CIF-SS playoffs this season.

“We’re playing our best football right now,” Lopez said. “Every week, I saw improvement in the guys. They just played fantastic football the past couple of weeks.”

The Mariners, ranked No. 25 in Orange County, will share the Empire League championship with No. 23 Cypress (4-1, 4-1), which defeated Kennedy 31-8 on on Thursday.

If Tustin (3-2, 3-1) defeats Valencia on Friday, the Tillers, Mariners and Centurions would finish in a three-way tie for first.

“It’s kind of disappointing that the season ends,” Lopez said. “But winning a league championship is hard, so shout out to these guys and everything they’ve done. It’s been a fantastic year.”

A trio of skill position players, who are all returning next year, capped their season with fantastic performances Thursday.

Sophomore quarterback Darius Cowens completed 14 of 20 passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns. But Cowens covered more ground with his feet, rushing 13 times for 262 yards and a 69-yard touchdown.

Sophomore Jeremiah Ingram had a 49-yard punt return for a touchdown, which gave Pacifica a 6-0 lead in the first quarter, and added a 54-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter.

Freshman Jordan Ross had six receptions for 129 yards, with touchdown catches of 56 and 51 yards.

Ross also had a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown which gave the Mariners a 12-0 lead in the first quarter.

With such young playmakers and losing only three seniors on offense and three on defenses, Lopez said he is optimistic about next season.

The Mariners led 40-7 heading into the fourth quarter when the Saints (2-4, 1-4) put on a late surge, scoring 20 points in the fourth quarter, with the three scores coming on touchdown passes from quarterback Gavin Rogers.

The sophomore quarterback threw for 231 yards and four touchdowns.

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