ORANGE – Villa Park continues to have an interesting situation with its quarterback rotation, but the No. 13 Spartans can’t complain about the by-products.
Sophomore transfer quarterback Shane Illingworth threw for 173 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score in his first start, and senior quarterback Paul Piferi threw for 121 yards and two touchdowns as Villa Park struck early and often in a win over Canyon, 57-25, Saturday at El Modena High.
Villa Park (8-1, 2-0) clinched at least a share of its fifth consecutive Crestview League title. The Spartans finish the regular season playing for the outright league title against Yorba Linda on Friday, Nov. 3., at El Modena High.
Canyon (4-5, 0-2) closes its regular season hosting Foothill on Thursday, Nov. 2, at El Modena High.
Illingworth took the reigns first and made the first strike on Villa Park’s second drive. Illingworth found Dylan Bonilla up the middle, and Bonilla shook two tackles on a 72-yard touchdown.
Villa Park recovered a fumble on the ensuing short kick, and Piferi took over.
Piferi hit Anthony Hakai on a swing pass for a 16-yard touchdown. Defensive lineman Anthony Shipton converted the two-point conversion for a 15-point lead.
Piferi led the next drive and flipped the field on a 65-yard connection with Noah Peterson. Zech Holifield converted on a 1-yard touchdown run.
Canyon finally got something going to open the second quarter.
The Comanches were escorted down the field on Villa Park personal fouls, and Jacob Munro plunged in a 1-yard sneak for the score.
Villa Park immediately responded as Devon Gill took the ensuing kickoff down the Canyon sideline for a 93-yard touchdown.
On the next drive, Illingworth came back in and threw his second TD pass, a 12-yarder to Marcus Johnson for a 29-point lead.
Canyon’s next offensive play was picked off by Daniel Asiata and returned it 21 yards for the score.
Canyon got another touchdown on a 10-yard throw from Munro to Christian Downey.
Piferi got his second touchdown pass just before halftime on a 13-yard hook-up with Johnson.
Villa Park led at halftime, 50-14.
Illingworth ran 6 yards for the score midway through the third quarter.
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