JSerra freshman Brynn Garcia and teammates show they belong with the elite at Woodbridge Invitational


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NORCO — On the final day of the Woodbridge Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, several county athletes proved they belong in the same races as the top runners in the state.

The prestigious meet was staged over two nights on a lighted course at the SilverLakes Sports Complex, with the best runners competing in the final four races of the 52-race meet.

Freshman Brynn Garcia of JSerra finished first among county runners and 26th overall in the girls division of the Bob Day Sweepstakes Race, considered the elite event of the meet.

“I’m so happy I’m able to push myself with these amazing runners, and specifically my amazing team,” Garcia said.

Garcia (17:04.9) led the Lions to an eighth-place finish as a team, also No. 1 among county teams.

  • The JSerra girls cross country team finished eighth as a team in the sweepstakes race at the Woodbridge Invitational on Saturday at the SilverLakes Sports Complex in Norco. (Photo by Lou Ponsi, Contributor)

  • Melanie Falkowski of Laguna Beach placed 10th overall in the Girls Rated Varsity Race at the Woodbridge Invitational in Norco on Saturday, Sept. 18. (Photo by Lou Ponsi, Contributor)

  • Beckman senior Christopher Keyler finished seventh overall and first among county runners in the Boys Rated Varstiy Race at the Woodbridge Invitational. (Photo by Lou Ponsi, Contributor) 

  • JSerra’s Brynn Garcia finished seventh in the sweepstakes race at the Woodbridge Invitational on Saturday in Norco. Garcia led the Lions to an eighth-place finish as a team. (Photo by Lou Ponsi, Contributor)

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“We come here to race against good teams,” said Lions coach Chase Frazier, who is in his second year at JSerra.  “We want to be one of the best teams in California, so we’ve got to show up at this race and put ourselves in the fastest one. We don’t want to be in a slower race just to win. We want to be in a race like this and do as well as we can.”

In the boys sweepstakes race, Aliso Niguel’s Brennan Foody (14:26.3) led county runners on the fast course with an 11th-place finish, more than a minute faster than his winning time in last week’s Division 1 Senior Boys race at the Laguna Hills Invitational.

In the Girls Rated Varsity Race, just a notch below the sweepstakes race in terms of times, Melanie Falkowski of Laguna Beach crossed the line in 10th place overall and was first among county runners.

“I felt really nervous going into it,” said Falkowski, who finished second at last season’s Sunset League finals. “I also felt controlled and happy that I was making my way up because I’ve never been in a race like this. It was such an amazing experience.”

A week after setting records on her home course in the Laguna Hills Invitational, Golden Hawks freshman Holly Barker made her mark on a bigger stage.

On Friday, the first night of competition, Barker won the red division varsity race in 16 minutes, 27.4 seconds, the second-fastest time for a freshman in the history of the prestigious meet.

Barker also beat her winning time from the freshman race at Laguna Hills by more than 30 seconds.

The mark was also the best ever in a Friday race since Woodbridge expanded to a two-night event in 2011.

“I didn’t believe that time,” Frazier said of Barker’s performance. “I thought it was a mistake because it was so fast.”

Beckman senior Christopher Keyler clocked 14 minutes, 47.2 seconds to lead county athletes with a seventh-place finish in the Boys Rated Varsity Race.

 

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No. 13 UCLA unable to complete comeback against Fresno State

  • Wide receiver Ty Jones #8 of the Fresno State Bulldogs drops a pass in the end zone against the UCLA Bruins in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Wide receiver Ty Jones #8 of the Fresno State Bulldogs drops a pass in the end zone against the UCLA Bruins in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson #1 of the UCLA Bruins makes his way onto the field prior to a NCAA Football game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Zach Charbonnet #24 celebrates as he jumps into the arms of teammate offensive lineman Paul Grattan #65 of the UCLA Bruins after running for touchdown against the Fresno State Bulldogs in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Wide receiver Ty Jones #8 of the Fresno State Bulldogs drops a pass in the end zone against the UCLA Bruins in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • UCLA Bruins makes his way onto the field prior to a NCAA Football game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • UCLA Bruins fans wait for their team to enter the field prior to a NCAA Football game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson #1 of the UCLA Bruins makes his way onto the field prior to a NCAA Football game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Brittain Brown #28 of the UCLA Bruins is tackled by defensive end Arron Mosby #3 of the Fresno State Bulldogs for a loss of yards in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Kazmeir Allen #19 of the UCLA Bruins runs a Fresno State Bulldogs kick back for yardage in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Wide receiver Ty Jones #8 of the Fresno State Bulldogs cache a pass for first down over defensive back Qwuantrezz Knight #24 and teammate defensive back Cameron Johnson #3 of the UCLA Bruins in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Head coach Chip Kelly of the UCLA Bruins looks on against the Fresno State Bulldogs in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Ronnie Rivers #20 of the Fresno State Bulldogs runs for first down against the UCLA Bruins in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Defensive back Quentin Lake #37 of the UCLA Bruins jumps on a fumble by wide receiver Jalen Cropper #5 of the Fresno State Bulldogs that was ruled down after a replay in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Quarterback Jake Haener #9 of the Fresno State Bulldogs passes over linebacker Kain Medrano #20 of the UCLA Bruins in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Defensive back Quentin Lake #37 of the UCLA Bruins jumps on a fumble by wide receiver Jalen Cropper #5 of the Fresno State Bulldogs that was ruled down after a replay in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Tight end Mike Martinez #88 of the UCLA Bruins catches a pass for first down against defensive back Evan Williams #32 of the Fresno State Bulldogs in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Wide receiver Ty Jones #8 of the Fresno State Bulldogs cache a pass for first down over defensive back Qwuantrezz Knight #24 and teammate defensive back Cameron Johnson #3 of the UCLA Bruins in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Ethan Fernea #36 of the UCLA Bruins leaps over defensive back Evan Williams #32 of the Fresno State Bulldogs for the first down in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Ronnie Rivers #20 of the Fresno State Bulldogs runs for a first down against the UCLA Bruins in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Wide receiver Ty Jones #8 of the Fresno State Bulldogs cache a pass for first down over defensive back Qwuantrezz Knight #24 and teammate defensive back Cameron Johnson #3 of the UCLA Bruins in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Quarterback Jake Haener #9 of the Fresno State Bulldogs scrambles for the first down against the UCLA Bruins in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Ethan Fernea #36 of the UCLA Bruins leaps over defensive back Evan Williams #32 of the Fresno State Bulldogs for the first down in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson #1 of the UCLA Bruins dives for yardage against defensive end Arron Mosby #3 of the Fresno State Bulldogs in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Wide receiver Keric Wheatfall #1 of the Fresno State Bulldogs catches a pass for fairest down against the UCLA Bruins in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Zach Charbonnet #24 of the UCLA Bruins runs for as touchdown against the Fresno State Bulldogs in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Wide receiver Jalen Cropper #5 of the Fresno State Bulldogs dives for the touchdown against the UCLA Bruins in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Zach Charbonnet #24 of the UCLA Bruins runs for as touchdown against the Fresno State Bulldogs in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Ethan Fernea #36 of the UCLA Bruins leaps over defensive back Evan Williams #32 of the Fresno State Bulldogs for the first down in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • offensive lineman Justin Williams #69 of the UCLA Bruins shoes prior to a NCAA Football game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson #1 of the UCLA prior to a NCAA Football game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Head coach Chip Kelly of the UCLA Bruins prior to a NCAA Football game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson #1 of the UCLA plays air guitar prior to a NCAA Football game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson #1 of the UCLA Bruins makes his way onto the field prior to a NCAA Football game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson #1 of the UCLA Bruins makes his way onto the field prior to a NCAA Football game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • UCLA linebacker Mitchell Agude (45) celebrates the team’s win over LSU in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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PASADENA — Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson and No. 13 UCLA couldn’t overcome their first half struggles in a 40-37 loss to Fresno State Saturday night in the Rose Bowl.

The Bruins, who came off a bye week, didn’t earn any style points with AP Top 25 voters in their first showing as a ranked team and were unable to complete a second half rally in suffering their first loss in three games.

Thompson-Robinson kept the offense moving with a pair of long touchdown passes to receivers Kam Brown (39 yards) and Kyle Philips (42 yards). He finished with 278 passing yards and three touchdowns. He was also UCLA’s leading rusher with 75 yards on 13 carries.

The offense struggled in the first half as Thompson-Robinson completed just 2 of 5 pass attempts. Running backs Zach Charbonnet, Ethan Fernea and Brittain Brown combined for 23 rushing yards as the Bruins trailed 23-10 at the half.

Charbonnet would finish the night with 19 rushing yards and two touchdowns on six carries.

Running back Ronnie Rivers led the Bulldogs’ offense with 137 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. Fresno State quarterback Jake Haener passed for 455 yards and two touchdowns.

For UCLA, defensive lineman Otito Ogbonnia, defensive back Quentin Lake and tight end Mike Martinez all suffered injuries and did not return.

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Trabuco Hills football rallies to beat Newport Harbor with huge boost from Perez

MISSION VIEJO — In the fourth quarter of Friday night’s game, Newport Harbor set up to kick a field goal to add to its lead, but Trabuco Hills’ Nick Perez had other plans.

The senior blocked the field goal attempt, scooped up the ball and returned it 88 yards for a touchdown that gave the Mustangs the lead for good in a 23-13 nonleague victory at Trabuco Hills High.

After being behind 13-0 in the first quarter, the Mustangs scored 23 consecutive points.

Postgame interview with Drew Barrett of Trabuco Hills. 139 yards rushing and a TD as the Mustangs come away with a huge victory!@ocvarsity @THHSAthletics @ThhsStampede @THHSMustangs @THHS_Football pic.twitter.com/TLqyFjwFWE

— Manny Alvarez (@MAlvarez02) September 18, 2021

“It was a team effort,” Trabuco Hills running back Drew Barrett said. “We started off slow, but we were way more conditioned than they were. We just fired off at 100 percent. Up or down, we gave it 100 percent every play and it paid off and we got that W.”

Trabuco Hills (3-1) gambled at the start of the game by going for it on fourth down at its own 17-yard line. The Mustangs were stopped, had to give the ball over to the Sailors, who cashed in the opportunity with a 6-yard touchdown run by Payton Irving.

Newport Harbor (1-3) took advantage of a fumble recovery with a 9-yard touchdown pass from Nick Kim to Kashton Henjum, but that’s all the Sailors could muster.

“Our defense made great adjustments,” Trabuco Hills coach Mark Nolan said. “They played hard and competed. They did a really nice job, especially down the stretch. We held them in a shutout after we gifted them 13 points.”

Trabuco Hills defense with a great night tonight!@ocvarsity @THHSAthletics @ThhsStampede @THHS_Football pic.twitter.com/vX4Xx7TAAp

— Manny Alvarez (@MAlvarez02) September 18, 2021

Trabuco Hills got on the scoreboard in the second quarter with a 54-yard pass from Will Burns to Ben Holland.

Following a Holland field goal, Newport Harbor was on its way to adding a field goal but Perez rushed in for the block that resulted in an 88-yard return for a score.

Postgame interview with Nick Perez of Trabuco Hills as his field goal block, which he would return for an 88 yard TD sealed the victory for the Mustangs!@ocvarsity @THHSAthletics @THHS_Football @THHSMustangs @ThhsStampede pic.twitter.com/nI5mTkx2Hy

— Manny Alvarez (@MAlvarez02) September 18, 2021

“I was containing my side,” Perez said. “I saw the block and the ball in the air. I picked it up and ran. I saw a clear path and I took it.”

Barrett rushed for 139 yards on 27 carries with a touchdown, and Will Burns finished 6 of 19 passing for 119 yards with a touchdown. He also had 39 yards rushing on five carries.

Will Kim completed 18 of 29 passing for 199 yards and a touchdown, while Kashton Henjum caught nine passes for 121 yards and a score.

Carson de Avila rushed for 62 yards on seven carries and Robby Crowell had a game-high eight tackles for the Sailors.

Trabuco Hills will host Segerstrom on Friday, Sept. 24. Newport Harbor will host JSerra on the same night.

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OCVarsity football wrap-up: All of Friday’s stories, scores and more from Week 4

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

FRIDAY’S GAMES

SCORES

High school football: All of the scores from Friday’s Week 4 games

PHOTO GALLERY

High school football: Our top photos from Friday’s Week 4 games

GAME STORIES

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Servite football sparked by Fifita and McMillan in victory over Sierra Canyon

Edison football starts fast, beats San Clemente behind defense, special teams

Records broken as Orange football defeats Capistrano Valley in 67-47 shootout

Everything goes right for Foothill football in rout of La Mirada

El Modena football uses late TD and some trickery to beat Aliso Niguel

Mission Viejo football handles Alemany

Rancho Cucamonga’s turnovers prove costly against JSerra football

Trabuco Hills football rallies to beat Newport Harbor with huge boost from Perez

THURSDAY’S GAMES

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Servite football sparked by Fifita and McMillan in victory over Sierra Canyon

CHATSWORTH — Quarterback Noah Fifita and Tetairoa McMillan connected for a 46-yard touchdown just before halftime to give Servite a boost of momentum, and it went on to dominate the second half and defeat Sierra Canyon 44-22 on Friday night in a matchup of two of the top teams in the state.

The Friars (4-0) took a 28-16 lead into halftime with the TD reception by McMillan, which gave them some breathing room.

Servite had given up a touchdown and a safety in the second quarter, allowing Sierra Canyon (2-2) to pull within 21-16.

  • Servite’s Keyan Burnett drags Sierra Canyon tacklers into the endzone for a touchdown Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Servite quarterback Noah Fifita runs for yardage against Sierra Canyon Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Servite running back Houston Thomas breaks a long run for a touchdown against Sierra Canyon Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Servite running back Houston Thomas lifted up by Oskar Madrigal after Thomas’ touchdown against Sierra Canyon Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Servite quarterback Noah Fifita, left, and Tetairoa McMillan shake hands after a touchdown against Sierra Canyon Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Sierra Canyon quarterback Daniel Duran passes against Servite Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Servite running back Houston Thomas has his jersey stretched during a tackle by Sierra Canyon Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Servite receiver Tetairoa McMillan is tackled by Sierra Canyon’s Carmel Crunk, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Servite quarterback Noah Fifita laterals the ball during a run against Sierra Canyon Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • A referee backs away as Servite receiver Tetairoa McMillan runs for yardage against Sierra Canyon, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Servite’s Keyan Burnett (88) and Tetairoa McMillan (4) celebrate a touchdown by Burnett against Sierra Canyon Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Sierra Canyon head coach Jon Ellinghouse talks to officials during their game against Servite Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Servite quarterback Noah Fifita is sacked by Sierra Canyon for a safety Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Sierra Canyon’s Jason Jones is tackled by Servite’s Josiah Laban Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Sierra Canyon’s Aidan Bretthauer (50) carries the flag as they come onto the field for their game against Servite Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Sierra Canyon’s Alonzo Contreras runs for a touchdown against Servite Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Servite comes onto the field for the second half against Sierra Canyon Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

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But the second half was all Servite, as it built up its lead to 44-16 early in the fourth quarter.

Fifita, a junior who is committed to Arizona, finished with 238 yards passing and two TDs, and he had two rushing TDs.

McMillan, a junior who is committed to Oregon, had 11 receptions for 163 yards and one TD.

Houston Thomas gave Servite a 21-7 lead in the second quarter with a 46-yard scoring run. He finished with 118 yards on 20 carries.

Keyan Burnett caught a 20-yard pass from Fifita to put Servite ahead 14-0 in the first quarter.

The Friars are ranked No. 9 in the nation by MaxPreps.com and No. 3 in the state, behind Mater Dei and St. John Bosco.

Sierra Canyon, which was coming off a 35-14 loss to Centennial of Corona, is ranked No. 6 in the state.

 

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Servite gives Sierra Canyon third dose of big-time football in dominating victory


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WOODLAND HILLS – The third time wasn’t a charm for Sierra Canyon.

The Trailblazers set off on a quest to see where they stand among Southern California’s best high school football teams in the spring, and it’s three-leg test came to an end Friday night at Pierce College with a 44-22 loss to Servite.

After winning a CIF Southern Section Division 2 championship in the fall of 2019, Sierra Canyon (2-2) has been trying to break into the upper echelon of premier football by scheduling powerhouse programs St. John Bosco and Corona Centennial before its showdown with the Friars (4-0).

Sierra Canyon went 0-3 in those three tests, which now tells the team where it stands.

“These games show us that we need to work harder,” senior wideout Dominic Arango-Serna said. “We’re not where we need to be.”

Servite’s performance was surgical. Arizona commit Noah Fifita was 17 of 27 for 238 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Houston Thomas ran for 118 yards on 20 carries, and wide receiver Tetairoa McMillan had 11 catches for 163 yards and a score.

  • Sierra Canyon’s Aidan Bretthauer (50) carries the flag as they come onto the field for their game against Servite Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Servite quarterback Noah Fifita laterals the ball during a run against Sierra Canyon Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Servite comes onto the field for the second half against Sierra Canyon Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • A referee backs away as Servite receiver Tetairoa McMillan runs for yardage against Sierra Canyon, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Servite quarterback Noah Fifita runs for yardage against Sierra Canyon Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Servite running back Houston Thomas breaks a long run for a touchdown against Sierra Canyon Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Servite’s Keyan Burnett (88) and Tetairoa McMillan (4) celebrate a touchdown by Burnett against Sierra Canyon Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Servite head coach Troy Thomas watches video replay with his team Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Sierra Canyon’s Alonzo Contreras runs for a touchdown against Servite Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Sierra Canyon’s Jason Jones is tackled by Servite’s Josiah Laban Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Servite running back Houston Thomas lifted up by Oskar Madrigal after Thomas’ touchdown against Sierra Canyon Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Sierra Canyon head coach Jon Ellinghouse talks to officials during their game against Servite Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Servite quarterback Noah Fifita is sacked by Sierra Canyon for a safety Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Servite’s Keyan Burnett drags Sierra Canyon tacklers into the endzone for a touchdown Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Sierra Canyon quarterback Daniel Duran passes against Servite Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Servite receiver Tetairoa McMillan is tackled by Sierra Canyon’s Carmel Crunk, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Servite quarterback Noah Fifita, left, and Tetairoa McMillan shake hands after a touchdown against Sierra Canyon Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Servite running back Houston Thomas has his jersey stretched during a tackle by Sierra Canyon Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Pierce College. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

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The performance included a near-perfect second half that saw Sierra Canyon have just two offensive possessions that totaled six plays for four total yards.

“We started this program from nothing,” Sierra Canyon coach Jon Ellinghouse said. “To be on a field with teams like Servite is awesome.”

Sierra Canyon’s first two offensive possessions were quick. Servite’s first two possessions resulted in touchdowns. It was 14-0 in the blink of an eye. The Trailblazers responded with a 32-yard connection from Daniel Duran to Arango-Serna to cut the lead in half, but nothing came easy.

The brightest moment for Sierra Canyon came just before halftime when Terrell Cook broke for a 45-yard touchdown run to make it 21-14 in favor of the Friars. Sierra Canyon stuffed Servite on the ensuing possession for a safety to make it 21-16, but Fifita found McMillan for a 64-yard bomb just before halftime.

BIG play from Terrell Cooks, a 45-yard TD run brings Sierra Canyon within 21-14 of Servite. pic.twitter.com/sUWXII0DF2

— Tarek Fattal (@Tarek_Fattal) September 18, 2021

“That play was like a dagger,” Ellinghouse said. “That brought down some team morale.”

Instead of a five-point deficit at halftime, Servite took a 28-16 lead into the break.

Fifita ran for another touchdown, and Tyler McCown scored another. It was 44-16 with seconds left in the game. Cook showed what he’s capable one last time, returning a kick return for a touchdown with no time left. But it was moot.

“Sierra Canyon is doing the right things,” Servite coach Troy Thomas said. “What’s important is that they keep playing in these big games. You may not win them all, but if you can get your players used to play in game like this, competing in games like this, you’re moving in the right direction.”

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High school football: All of the scores from Friday’s Week 4 games

All of the scores from the CIF Southern Section and L.A. City football games on Friday, Sept. 24.

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

CIF-SS

NONLEAGUE

Servite 44, Sierra Canyon 22

Santa Margarita 42, Los Alamitos 21

Edison 42, San Clemente 0

Villa Park 17, Valencia 7

Mission Viejo 30, Alemany 7

El Toro 35, Garden Grove 7

El Modena 20, Aliso Niguel 15

JSerra 48, Rancho Cucamonga 28

Foothill 34, La Mirada 7

Orange 67, Capistrano Valley 47

Orange Lutheran 42, Notre Dame/So 24

Corona del Mar 45, San Juan Hills 27

Yorba Linda 23, Chino Hills 7

Walnut 21, Ocean View 0

Laguna Beach 48, Crean Lutheran 26

Kennedy 29, Canyon Country Canyon 11

Troy 49, Cerritos 6

Brea Olinda 26, Fullerton 18

Costa Mesa 20, Los Amigos 16

Dana Hills 34, Woodbridge 6

Estancia 36, La Quinta 16

Irvine 57, University 0

Capistrano Valley Christian 46, Desert Christian/BD 14

Santiago 41, Magnolia 35 (2OT)

Trabuco Hills 23, Newport Harbor 13

Sunny Hills 56, Gahr 0

Sonora 10, Esperanza 7

Portola 28, Beckman 7

Rancho Alamitos 37, Godinez 7

Calvary Chapel/SA 46, Santa Ana Valley 7

Segerstrom 29, Thousand Oaks 28

St. Margaret’s 54, Riverside Prep 0

St. John Bosco 49, Smith (Va.) 0

Mira Costa 40, West Torrance 14

Mayfair 24, Valencia 7

Agoura 41, Moorpark 6

Apple Valley 41, Silverado 0

Arroyo 24, Whittier 21

Barstow 20, Burroughs 0

Bishop Amat 47, Leuzinger 19

Bonita 42, Los Osos 7

Brentwood 45, Carpinteria 0

Calabasas 44, Crescenta Valley 6

Campbell Hall 27, La Canada 23

Cantwell-Sacred Heart 51, Verbum Dei 0

Cerritos Valley Christian 35, Ontario Christian 21

Charter Oak 36, South Hills 0

Chino 49, Don Lugo 0

Citrus Valley 35, Orange Vista 0

Colton 34, San Gorgonio 12

Corona 35, Vista del Lago 30

Centennial 52, Long Beach Poly 7

Dos Pueblos 17, Royal 14 (OT)

Eastvale Roosevelt 28, Heritage 7

Eisenhower 49, Kaiser 28

El Monte 30, Sierra Vista 20

El Rancho 29, Covina 0

El Segundo 48, Hawthorne 20

Elsinore 38, Lakeside 6

Etiwanda 42, Colony 13

Fillmore 17, Oak Park 14

Garey 41, Gladstone 7

Glendale 32, South El Monte 20

Great Oak 35, Paloma Valley 6

Hemet 20, Adelanto 18

Hueneme 20, Burroughs 0

Jurupa Hills 48, Grand Terrace 6

Jurupa Valley 48, Perris 18

King 27, Patriot 7

La Serna 49, Valley View 6

Lawndale 16, Cathedral 6

Mary Star 27, Viewpoint 26

Montclair 22, Ontario 0

Nogales 33, Workman 0

Norco 35, Murrieta Valley 34

Nordhoff 15, San Marcos 14

Norte Vista 50, Linfield Christian 7

Norwalk 51, Glenn 7

Oak Hills 77, Citrus Hill 0

Palm Desert 17, Santiago 7

Palm Springs 40, Redlands 0

Paraclete 43, Redondo 20

Pasadena 53, Harvard-Westlake 13

Rancho Mirage 35, Chaffey 8

Ramona 57, Riverside Poly 7

Rialto 48, Pacific 0

Rim of the World 51, Rowland 13

Rio Hondo Prep 55, Temple City 14

Riverside North 34, Los Altos 7

Salesian 66, Pioneer 0

San Bernardino 32, Silver Valley 0

San Dimas 42, Schurr 12

San Jacinto 44, Beaumont 36

Santa Barbara 28, Ventura 21

Santa Ynez 34, Lompoc 30

Saugus 35, Oxnard 12

Simi Valley 42, Golden Valley 14

South Pasadena 45, Alhambra 27

South Torrance 28, Peninsula 21

St. Anthony 43, St. Pius X-St. Matthias 25

St. Francis 42, Muir 6

St. Genevieve 54, Burbank 21

Summit 49, Carter 8

Temecula Valley 35, Redlands East Valley 27

Temescal Canyon 31, Hillcrest 14

Trinity Classical Academy 31, St. Monica 0

Upland 7, Aquinas 6

Victor Valley 35, Sultana 20

West Ranch 49, Crespi 34

Cajon 39, El Cajon Grossmont 7

Camarillo 29, Santa Maria Righetti 6

Contreras 40, Beverly Hills 0

Serra 54, Carson 0

Heritage Christian 19, Chatsworth 7

Hoover 14, Angelou 0

Loyola 42, San Diego Mira Mesa 20

Lynwood 37, Manual Arts 24

Palos Verdes 27, Banning 21

Santa Maria 35, Cabrillo 7

Sylmar 20, Morningside 0

Torrance 48, Gardena 8

Yucaipa 37, San Diego University City 28

DESERT VALLEY LEAGUE

Coachella Valley 44, Desert Hot Springs 6

Indio 53, Desert Mirage 0

Yucca Valley 15, Banning 6

MOORE LEAGUE

Compton 36, Long Beach Wilson 14

Lakewood 67, Long Beach Cabrillo 0

Millikan 42, Long Beach Jordan 0

 

L.A. CITY

EAST VALLEY LEAGUE

Arleta 13, North Hollywood 0

Chavez 24, Sun Valley Poly 14

Verdugo Hills 24, Monroe 14

EASTERN LEAGUE

Garfield 49, Bell 0

L.A. Roosevelt 48, Legacy 0

VALLEY MISSION LEAGUE

Canoga Park 35, Panorama 14

Granada Hills Kennedy 41, Van Nuys 0

Reseda 49, San Fernando 0

NONLEAGUE

Cleveland 54, Hollywood 0

Crenshaw 42, Taft 7

Dymally 38, Rivera 0

Franklin 64, Narbonne 6

Granada Hills 16, Eagle Rock 13

Lincoln 57, Mendez 8

L.A. Wilson 53, Maywood CES 20

Marquez 40, Torres 6

San Pedro 41, Dorsey 6

View Park 26, L.A. Marshall 0

Westchester 42, Jefferson 6

8 MAN

CIF-SS

Chadwick 43, San Jacinto Valley Academy 14

CSDR 64, Hesperia Christian 22

Avalon 48, University Pathways 0

Chula Vista Victory Christian 42, La Verne Lutheran 10

Malibu 34, East Valley 0

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Records broken as Orange football defeats Capistrano Valley in 67-47 shootout

MISSION VIEJO — Multiple school records were shattered Friday when Orange beat Capistrano Valley 67-47 in a nonleague football game at Capistrano Valley High.

Orange quarterback Zachary Siskowic threw for a school-record 477 yards and seven touchdowns. The transfer from Crespi also ran for 81 yards and a touchdown. Earlier in the day, he received a scholarship offer from Portland State.

“I feel great. I have to give all the credit to my linemen and receivers,” Siskowic said. “They (Capo Valley) came out and gave us exactly what we prepared for and wanted, so we took advantage of that.”

  • Orange quarterback Zachary Siskowic carries the ball during a quarterback keeper play during Friday’s nonleague game against Capistrano Valley on September 17, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Orange running back Kobe Boykin carries the ball during a nonleague game against Capistrano Valley on Friday, September 17, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Orange defender Jett White makes an interception that he carried back for a 90-yard touchdown during a nonleague game at Capistrano Valley High School on Friday night, September 17, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Capistrano Valley quarterback Trey Kukuk throws the ball while on the run on a 2-point conversion attempt during a nonleague game against Orange on Friday, September 17, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Capistrano Valley quarterback Trey Kukuk throws the ball during a nonleague game against Orange on Friday, September 17, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Capistrano Valley players celebrate a touchdown by wide receiver Owen Taylor during a nonleague game against Orange on Friday, September 17, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Capistrano Valley defender Kayden Pascua sacks Orange quarterback Zachary Siskowic during Friday’s nonleague game between the two teams on September 17, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Orange receiver Jonathan Smith Jr. makes a leaping catch during a nonleague game at Capistrano Valley High School on Friday, September 17, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Capistrano Valley wide receiver Owen Taylor carries the ball after a catch during a nonleague game against Orange on Friday, September 17, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Capistrano Valley wide receiver Owen Taylor carries the ball after a catch during a nonleague game against Orange on Friday, September 17, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Capistrano Valley wide receiver Owen Taylor carries the ball after a catch during a nonleague game against Orange on Friday, September 17, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Orange quarterback Zachary Siskowic throws the ball during a nonleague game against Capistrano Valley on Friday, September 17, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Capistrano Valley quarterback Trey Kukuk throws the ball during a nonleague game against Orange on Friday, September 17, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Capistrano Valley wide receiver Dane Benedix carries the ball after a catch during a nonleague game against Orange on Friday, September 17, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Capistrano Valley quarterback Trey Kukuk throws the ball during a nonleague game against Orange on Friday, September 17, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Orange quarterback Zachary Siskowic throws the ball during a nonleague game against Capistrano Valley on Friday, September 17, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Orange quarterback Zachary Siskowic throws the ball during a nonleague game against Capistrano Valley on Friday, September 17, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Capistrano Valley’s homecoming princesses stand together during the halftime show at Friday’s football game against Orange on September 17, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Capistrano Valley Cougars take the field for their nonleague home game against Orange on Friday, September 17, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Capistrano Valley students cheer on the Cougars during Friday’s home football game against Orange on September 17, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Capistrano Valley marching band members perform on the field before the start of Friday’s football game against Orange on September 17, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

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“This is exactly where we thought he would be,” Orange coach Robert Pedroza said. “We know how good he is. Tonight, he was special.”

On the other side of the field, Capo Valley receiver Dane Benedix had a school-record 299 yards receiving on 13 receptions with three touchdowns.

The momentum of the game flipped in Orange’s favor late in the second quarter. Capo Valley (3-2) had a 14-13 lead and was driving into the red zone. Orange’s freshman cornerback, Arron “Jett” White, intercepted a pass and ran it back 90 yards for a touchdown to put Orange (2-2) ahead 19-13.

Shortly after, Siskowic threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Kobe Boykin to give Orange a 25-13 lead at halftime.

The floodgates opened from there for Siskowic and the Orange offense. Early in the third quarter, Siskowic threw a 72-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Smith Jr. to extend the lead to 32-14.

After the Orange defense made a goal-line stand, Siskowic threw a 96-yard touchdown to Corbin Hale to put Orange up by 25 points. Hale caught five passes for 163 yards and three touchdowns.

Capo Valley quarterback Trey Kukuk then rushed for a 7-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 19 points. Kukuk had four passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns.

Siskowic threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to Smith to put Orange back in front 46-20. Smith had a team-high 168 yards on four catches with two touchdowns.

Capo Valley responded immediately with a 35-yard touchdown pass from Kukuk to Benedix.

Cougars kicker Dylan Fingersh recovered his own onside kick and Kukuk capped the short scoring drive with a quarterback sneak to cut Orange’s lead to 46-33.

Siskowic threw a 68-yard touchdown pass to Boykin and at that point, his last five completions were touchdown passes.

On the ensuing kickoff, Jaden Cassidy returned it 87 yards for a Capo Valley touchdown.

Boykin and Siskowic each ran for touchdowns in the fourth quarter to ensure the victory. Boykin rushed for 137 yards and had 112 yards receiving with three total touchdowns.

“It’s nice to have these games that are good, competitive and close,” Pedroza said. “Hopefully that prepares us for later on. It’s a big win. It’s a great environment here and that’s a great football team. Anytime you get a road win at a place like this, it’s a huge program win.”

Kukuk, who was the county’s leading passer entering Friday, completed 18 of 42 passes for 318 yards with four touchdowns. His six total touchdowns are a career-high.

Capo Valley will host Cypress on Friday, Sept. 24.

Orange has won two consecutive games after an 0-2 start. The Panthers will host undefeated Foothill on Thursday at El Modena High.

 

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El Modena football uses late TD and some trickery to beat Aliso Niguel

ORANGE — The El Modena football team is no stranger to closely-contested games.

The Vanguards found themselves in another tight one Friday night, but they prevailed with Sam Astor’s 22-yard, go-ahead touchdown catch in the fourth quarter to defeat Aliso Niguel 20-15 at El Modena High.

Astor was held without a catch in the first half so El Modena coach Matt Mitchell made it a point to get Astor more involved in the second half.

“We talked at halftime, we gotta get the ball to Sam (Astor),” Mitchell said, “and we figured a thing or two out with Sam and got the ball to him and got him going.”

Three of El Modena’s four games have been been decided by one score. The Vanguards (3-1) had a 19-14 win over Santa Ana and a 17-15 loss to Sunny Hills before their five-point win over the Wolverines (3-2).

El Modena QB Jack Keays is hyped after the win over Aliso Niguel. Keays (1 pass TD, 1 rush TD) gave praise to his teammates until the end of the interview. @ocvarsity @elmodenafb @KeaysJackson @elmorowdyrooter pic.twitter.com/7D2Ke6LNoX

— David Delgado🇪🇨 (@DavidDelgado_OC) September 18, 2021

Vanguards quarterback Jack Keays threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score, and their special teams also played a crucial role in the outcome.

Alex Luna scored the first touchdown on a fake field goal.

Mitchell said the play is designed to have the holder, Luna, throw a pass downfield, but Luna didn’t find an open receiver or any room at all going to his left, so he quickly reversed field and went to his right. He made his way all the way across the field, picking up nice blocks along the way, for a 19-yard touchdown run.

“I didn’t think we would score on our special teams, a touchdown on a scramble play, and then they block a kick for a touchdown,” Mitchell said. “It’s high school football at its best you know, and you try to coach every aspect it.”

The blocked kick Mitchell referred to was a 25-yard field goal attempt that was swatted away by the Wolverines and then scooped up by Jaden Beisel for a 70-yard return that made the game 7-6 at halftime.

Instead of a 10-0 advantage for the Vanguards at the break, they found themselves clinging to a slim lead in the second half.

In the third, Keegan Shone’s field goal gave Aliso Niguel a 9-7 lead then Keays scored on a 10-yard run on El Modena’s next drive for a 14-9 advantage.

The Wolverines responded when Shaun McCaghren found Christian Aaberg for a 36-yard TD pass with 8:19 left in the fourth to go up 15-14. Aliso Niguel was stopped on the 2-point attempt.

The Vanguards’ next possession ended in a punt but the defense made a big play to get that ball back as Zac Brehm forced a fumble and recovered it as well, his second recovery of the game.

That set up Keays for the eventual game-winning pass. He hit Astor on a slant, the receiver found a seam in the Aliso Niguel defense and raced across the goal line.

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Moreno, Martin help Sonora football find a way past Esperanza

LA HABRA — Sonora’s young football team might have gained a measure of maturity during its nonleague game against Esperanza on Friday at La Habra High School.

With junior running back Pedro Moreno playing a key role in Sonora’s ball-control offense, and sophomore quarterback Landon Martin scoring all the points, the Raiders were able to earn a 10-7 victory over the Aztecs.

The victory was the first of the season for the Raiders (1-2), who were playing with a freshman, four sophomores and four juniors on the starting offense.

Moreno, who was playing in only his sixth high school football game, ran for 134 yards on 26 carries.

While he didn’t score any points, Moreno’s runs were the main reason the Raiders were able to keep drives alive and keep the Esperanza offense off the field.

Moreno’s first two rushes of the game were for 22 and 20 yards on back-to-back carries.

The 20-yard gain set up the Raiders with a first-and-goal from the Esperanza 4.

The drive sputtered however, and Raiders had to settle for a 20-yard field goal from Martin, who is also the team’s kicker and punter.

“That kid has so much potential,” Sonora coach Ken Oberlander said of Moreno. “He’s going to be a really good football player. I think people around Orange County are going to hear his name because he is just getting started.”

Sonora’s second scoring drive started on its 26. Moreno gained 22 yards on that drive, but the key play was Josiah Binggeli’s 23-yard run which put Sonora on the Aztecs 11.

Three plays later, Martin scored from the 7 on a perfectly executed counter play to give the Raiders a 10-0 lead.

After their first two drives of the third quarter resulted in a punt and a fourth-down stop, the Aztecs (2-2) got possession once again, this time starting at their 23 with 11 seconds left in the quarter.

The Aztecs put together their best drive of the game, converting on two fourth downs and on a third-and-9 from the Raiders 16.

Quarterback Christian Lee scored on a quarterback sneak from the 1 to make it a three-point game.

But the 17-play drive ate up nearly nine minutes.

After an unsuccessful onside-kick attempt, the Raiders took over at the Aztecs 41 and ran the final three minutes and 20 seconds off the clock.

“It was so nice to show up tonight and improve from last week,” said Oberlander, referring to the Raiders’’ 41-7 defeat against Irvine.

 

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