Laguna Beach’s Logan Brooks loses a shoe, but still finishes sixth in Woodbridge Classic sweepstakes race

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CORONA — Logan Brooks of Laguna Beach lost a shoe about a mile into the Bob Day Sweepstakes Race, the premier event of the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic on Saturday night at the SilverLakes Sports Complex.

But even running with one shoe in a race that featured some of the nation’s top runners, Brooks was unfazed, and he went on to finish in sixth place, setting a personal best of 14 minutes, 24.7.

Brooks had the best finish in the race among the nearly dozen runners from Orange County.

Capistrano Valley’s Sean Robertson finished 26th, and Brooks’ teammate, Mateo Bianchi, was 28th.

Nico Young of Newbury Park, arguably the top runner in the country, won in 13:39.7, 25 seconds ahead of teammate Jace Aschbrenner, who was second.

“I feel quite ecstatic,” Brooks said. “I came into this race looking to PR, but I had no idea it was going to be like this. Somebody behind just kind of flat-tired me, so it made (the shoe) loose and it popped off. The pavement hurt a little bit, but other than that there was all this adrenaline so I didn’t even notice it.”

Laguna Beach coach Scott Wittkop said Brooks and Bianchi were battling colds most of the week, so he wasn’t sure what to expect.

“They both PR’d and this is kind of their opening race of the season,” Wittkop said. “They had a couple of races, but they were controlled races. This is the first time we kind of let them go.”

Several county runners logged fast times in the girls’ sweepstakes race.

San Clemente’s Hanna Catsimanes and Emma Hadley of Canyon finished 14th and 15th, respectively and were tops among Orange County runners.

Both runners turned in PRs, however Catsimanes went into the race with higher expectations.

“Right from the start, I felt kind of flat,” said Catsimanes, who finished in 16:49.7. “In the second mile I just fell apart. I just felt myself slowing down. It was a good test to see where I’m at right now.”

Corie Smith of Buchanan of Clovis won the girls sweepstakes race in 16:04.8.

Santa Ana’s Maria Hernandez finished 24th (17:02.9), Capistrano Valley’s Carly Corsinita finished 29th (17:06.9) and Diane Molina of Costa Mesa was 38th (17:19.3).

Beckman finished fourth as a team in the Rated Varsity girls race, the premier team event of the meet.

The Mission Viejo, San Clemente and Laguna Beach girls teams finished eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively, in the race.

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Fryer on football: They are not in the top 25, but maybe they deserve to be (or maybe not)

We know it’s coming.

“We belong in the top 25!”

Nine teams that were not in this week’s Orange County football top 25 poll can put up plausible or semi-plausible arguments, bolstered by wins Friday, as to why they should be in the next top 25 that comes out Monday. Of course, they need teams in the bottom rungs of the top 25 to falter, thus opening a door or two.

We hear such plausible and semi-plausible arguments every season. This coming week we expect more people will tell us the five media members who vote for the weekly poll are messing up if they don’t get (fill in the name of the underrated, unloved team here) into the O.C. top 25.

Let’s take a look at them, these top 25 candidates, these “Next Seven” teams, in alphabetical order …

Beckman: The Patriots are 3-1, having defeated Ocean View (also 3-1) two weeks ago, and then took their bye last week. Their only loss was to Foothill, which was No. 23 in last week’s poll … and Foothill on Friday beat No. 14 Yorba Linda. Still, there is not enough on Beckman’s resume to warrant a top-25 vote.

Top 25? No.

Brea Olinda: The Wildcats (3-1) lost to Sunny Hills, which is not a top 25-caliber team although Sunny Hills spent a couple of weeks in the lower rungs of the O.C. poll. They beat Valencia and Fullerton, which are going to be in the playoffs. Brea has a nonleague game coming up against Yorba Linda, and a league game coming up against Foothill.

Top 25? Maybe later.

Calvary Chapel: The undefeated Eagles (4-0), who were 1-9 last year, are have a refreshing taste of success. They have played Division 13 and 14 teams. While there’s nothing wrong with beating teams of your ilk, that’s not a top-25 level of competition.

Top 25? No.

Dana Hills: The Dolphins (5-0) are the only team to have defeated Laguna Beach and Northwood. They have an All-County candidate defensive lineman, Liam Boersma, who leads a good defense. We will get a better idea about how good Dana Hills truly is when it gets to Sea View League games in which they play Aliso Niguel and San Juan Hills.

Top 25? Maybe later.

Esperanza: The Aztecs (3-1) lived in the top 10 for a couple of decades, until Yorba Linda High opened and siphoned off some of the talent pool. Their loss was to Katella, which spent the first couple of weeks in the top 25, But there are no wins yet that would make one certain that Esperanza is a top-25 team.

Top 25? No.

Katella: This looked like a team that would be in the top 25 all season after they Knights (4-1) beat Valencia in their season opener. They lost to Marina, which probably will be their only loss of the regular season and they will probably take a 9-1 record into the the playoffs.

Top 25? Maybe later.

Marina: The Vikings (4-0) remained undefeated with a 34-14 win over Huntington Beach on Friday. It wasn’t that long ago that Marina rarely would beat Huntington Beach. Marina’s game in Week 5 against No. 24 El Modena will represent a good chance to bust into the top 25.

Top 25? Maybe later.

Extra points:

• Villa Park is 0-3 against teams in the O.C. top 5 after a 48-9 loss to Servite on Friday. The Spartans have been outscored 170-16 in those three losses. If Villa Park wins another Crestview League championship and goes deep into the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 playoffs, both very attainable goals, then the Spartans might look back at the three one-sided losses as games that got them ready for the high levels of competition they could encounter in the later rounds of Division 4.

Servite football coach Troy Thomas has on the team a sophomore defensive back named Houston Thomas who made a couple of fine tackles and broke up at least one pass Friday in a 48-9 win over Villa Park ⁦@ocvarsity⁩ ⁦@ServiteFootball⁩ ⁦

— Steve Fryer (@SteveFryer) September 21, 2019

• Houston Thomas’ father, Troy, is the football head coach at Servite, but the reason why Houston, a sophomore, is starting in the defensive backfield for the Friars is that he is good enough to start. “He’s a hard-working kid and he cares,” said Troy Thomas who, smiling, added, “He wants dad to be successful.”

• We had a difficult time figuring out just how good San Clemente was through the Tritons’ first four wins because all of those wins were against San Diego County teams, and we just don’t have a good feel for the quality of that county’s teams. San Clemente proved that its 5-0 record is legitimate, having defeated a tough and talented Edison team 28-21 on Friday.

• St. Margaret’s is 4-0. The Tartans picked up a win when it was ruled that Vista had to forfeit its win over St. Margaret’s because Vista used an ineligible player in that game.

• Even with Tesoro head coach Matt Poston unavailable Friday for a 20-3 win over San Juan Hills because of heart surgery this week, the Titans’ coaching staff designed a fine game plan. Too bad the Tesoro coaching staff can’t redesign the Tesoro High School parking lot, which is the most-difficult-to-escape parking lot among the county’s high schools. Getting out of the Dodger Stadium parking lot is like a luge ride compared to exiting the Tesoro lot.

• And, look … we just completed an examination of Orange County high school football without mentioning “Mater Dei” one time! Uh … wait a minute …

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Los Alamitos notches first victory behind freshman quarterback

Los Alamitos’ football team notched its first victory Friday behind freshman quarterback Malachi Nelson.

Nelson made his first start and tossed touchdowns to Noah Kelly and Giovanni De Leon to help the Griffins defeat Carson 27-0 at Cerritos College.

Nelson, a 6-foot-3, 175-pounder who has been offered by Auburn, was one of five freshmen who started for Los Alamitos (1-3).

De Leon and his fellow senior Jaiden Mitchell each recorded rushing touchdowns for the Griffins, who were coming off a bye week.

Quarterback Ui Ale of Carson (0-5) was injured in the second quarter and didn’t return.

More results to come


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All of OCVarsity’s stories, photos, scores and more from Week 4’s football games

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This is the place to find all of OCVarsity’s coverage — game stories, scores, photos, analysis and more — from the Week 4 football games in Orange County.


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

High school football: Friday’s scores, Sept. 20

San Clemente uses strong finish to knock off No. 10 Edison

General Booty, JSerra jump out to big lead, hold off Calabasas

Noah Fifita has big night in Servite’s romp against Villa Park

Steward scores 4 TDs in Brea Olinda’s triumph against Fullerton

Orange Lutheran football cruises to nonleague victory at Vista Murrieta

Tesoro uses inspired effort to beat San Juan Hills in Poston’s absence

Luke Peterman leads the way as Foothill defeats Yorba Linda and improves to 4-0



High school football: Thursday’s scores, Sept. 19

Nathan Lomeli takes turn leading as El Modena football defeats El Dorado

Magnolia football takes another inspired step by defeating Santiago

Tustin struggles after hot start, loses to Ayala

Braden Crabtree throws two TD passes as Ocean View tops Estancia


Cancer survivor Troy Merizan shows Brea Olinda how to overcome adversity

Huntley’s Hot List: Esperanza, Fairmont Prep’s Jason Terry enter the red-hot zone

Dan Albano and Steve Fryer football predictions for Week 4

OCVarsity video: Previews of the top Week 4 football games

Orange County football: Season leaders for passing, receiving, rushing, tackles and sacks, Sept. 16

Fryer on football: Tesoro’s Matt Poston thinking like a coach as he prepares for heart procedure

Football notes: El Modena turns to competition on the field to cope with tragedy

Orange County football top 25 for Week 4

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Braden Crabtree throws two TD passes as Ocean View tops Estancia

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COSTA MESA — Ocean View improved its record to 3-1 by defeating Estancia 12-7 on Thursday night at Orange Coast College, but Seahawks coach Luis Nunez was not impressed by his team’s performance.

“Like I told the kids,” Nunez said, “we’re not a good football team right now, we haven’t showed anybody how good we can be. There’s talent on this football team and you see glimpses of it, (but) we haven’t put it together.”

Ocean View was led by quarterback Braden Crabtree, who threw for 189 yards and two touchdowns, and Brandon Alcaraz had five receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown.

A week after suffering their first loss, the Seahawks struggled to move the ball in the first quarter. Some of that had to do with the string of penalties called on Ocean View. The Seahawks finished the game with 14 penalties.

Ocean View QB Braden Crabtree (188 yards, 2 TDs) speaks on what his team has to improve on after tonight’s 12-7 win over Estancia. The Seahawks will face Dana Hills next week. @ocvarsity @OVSeahawkFB @LuisCoachnunez5

— David Delgado🇪🇨 (@DavidDelgado_OC) September 20, 2019

“We just had no rhythm,” Nunez said. “Way too many penalties. To start (drives) first and 15, first and 20, makes it very difficult.”

After a scoreless opening quarter, things began to shift in the second quarter as the Seahawks gained yards in huge chunks. A 33-yard run by Anthony Ramirez and a 27-yard catch by Hunter Arce set up Alcaraz for a 10-yard touchdown reception from Crabtree to make the score 6-0. The extra point was blocked.

Nunez cited his team’s young offensive line and poor execution as other reasons for the lack of scoring in the first half, but he looks forward to seeing the team improve.

“Stuff’s there, stuff’s open,” Nunez said. “We just gotta execute, and like I said ‘at the end of the day, if we’re holding, we’re holding.’ ”

Estancia (1-3) stopped a potential scoring drive by Ocean View just before halftime, as Mario Mondragon sacked Crabtree and pushed Ocean View out of field goal range to keep the score 6-0.

The Seahawks extended their lead in the third quarter with Hunter Arce serving as a catalyst on the drive with three of his six catches on that possession. The Seahawks capped the drive with Crabtree’s 22-yard strike to Michael Da Rosa’s on fourth down, giving Ocean View a 12-0 lead with midway through the third.

Estancia put together a long drive in the fourth quarter that ended on fourth-and-1 from the Seahawks 5, as Tony Valdez was unable to corral a pass from Cameron Knickerbocker in the back of the end zone.

After taking over on downs, Ocean View fumbled on the next play and Nathan Zalpa recovered the ball for Estancia. On on the next play, Nathan Pacheco scored on a 16-yard run to bring the Eagles within five points.

Crabtree went on to seal the victory with a QB sneak on fourth-and-1 with under two minutes to go.

Nunez praised Crabtree for his second-effort stretch to gain that important yard, but he  quickly shifted his focus to next week’s opponent, Dana Hills, which is currently 4-0.

“We’re probably gonna have an undefeated Dana Hills team coming to our house next week,” Nunez said. “I think if we bring it we can play with anyone on our schedule, but we’ll see, we gotta get back to work.”

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Orange gets instant redemption in blowout win over Canyon

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BREA – Orange had one objective going into Saturday night’s game against Canyon: get back in the win column and forget about last week’s crushing defeat to Yorba Linda in double overtime.

The Panthers responded by blowing out the Comanches 66-6 at Brea Olinda High behind dual-threat talent Daylen Pedroza, who had 177 total yards, rushed for three touchdowns and passed for one TD in the first half.

Orange coach Robert Pedroza said he just wanted to turn the page Saturday and see his team react in a positive manner.

“We just went back to work,” Pedroza said. “They knew it was a tough loss and in order to get over a loss like that we gotta move forward and practice harder, and that’s what we did all week.”

Orange QB Daylen Pedroza (177 total yards, 3 TD runs, 1 TD pass) was anxious get back in the win column after last week’s loss. The Panthers routed Canyon 66-6. @ocvarsity @AthleticsOHS @daylenp04

— David Delgado🇪🇨 (@DavidDelgado_OC) September 15, 2019

The Panthers showed have playmakers all over the field, including Isacc Galvan (153 rushing yards, two TDs) and Andrew Andrade, who scored a pair of touchdowns including a 21-yard interception return.

Orange (2-1) ran for 362 yards and established its ground game from the onset with a seven-play drive that was capped by Pedroza’s first TD run of the game, a 12-yard keeper up the middle that made it 8-0 after a two-point conversion.

Canyon needed just one play to strike for its first touchdown. A snap sailed over the head of quarterback Vince Hourigan, who darted to the loose ball and looked upfield, where he saw a wide-open Jonathan Cabral. His pass to Cabral went for a 79-yard touchdown pass. The PAT was blocked and the Panthers led 8-6.

Pedroza wasn’t pleased with his secondary after that touchdown.

“It was a blown assignment and that one cost us, but they bounced back after that and settled down on defense,” Pedroza said.

Andrew Andrade talks about his team’s performance in Orange’s 66-6 win over Canyon. The senior scored a pair of TDs including a 21-yard pick six. @ocvarsity @athletics_ohs @OC_Andrade

— David Delgado🇪🇨 (@DavidDelgado_OC) September 15, 2019

Orange went on to score 58 consecutive points and the defense only allowed 41 passing yards the rest of the way.

Hourigan definitely missed his top target, senior receiver Joey Houly who was out due to an jury suffered in last week’s 40-33 loss to Fullerton.

Canyon (2-2) has dropped its last two games after a 2-0 start.

The Panthers used a 32-point second quarter to put the game away with touchdown runs from Pedroza, Galvan, Isaac Adetoye, and two touchdowns by Andrade, a pick six and a 15-yard TD reception with 1:26 left in the half that made it 52-6.

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OCVarsity video: Bryce Young has career night as Mater Dei crushes St. Frances Academy

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See the highlights and postgame interviews from Mater Dei’s 34-18 victory over St. Frances Academy of Maryland on Saturday night in the Trinity League vs. The USA showcase at St. John Bosco High. Mater Dei quarterback Bryce Young was the star of the game with four rushing touchdowns. – Video by Jonathan Khamis for the Orange County Register.

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OCVarsity’s stories, scores, photos and more from the Week 3 football games

This is the place to find all of OCVarsity’s coverage of the high school football games this week.


OCVarsity Photos: See the highlights from Friday’s high school football games


OCVarsity Photos: Orange County’s most spirited football fans, teams for 2019

High school football: Friday’s scores, Sept. 13

Edison makes rousing comeback to knock off No. 11 San Juan Hills

Mission Viejo’s offense erupts in impressive victory against No. 7 Villa Park

Narbonne air attack overwhelms Orange Lutheran

El Modena football powers past Fullerton after tragic week for the school

Roundup: Marina upsets No. 21 Katella for biggest victory since 2016

Fryer on football: Leave a high school game at halftime at your own peril

Jaden Casey, Calabasas bounce back and hold off La Habra

Yorba Linda tops Capistrano Valley with balanced effort

San Clemente stays unbeaten with victory over San Diego Lincoln

Ahn, Sunny Hills finish strong, pull out win against Brea Olinda


Kyckelhahn leads Aliso Niguel football in win over Santa Ana

Santa Margarita football grinds out victory over Mayfair

High school football: Thursday’s scores, Sept. 12

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El Modena football powers past Fullerton after tragic week for the school

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FULLERTON – After a tough and heartbreaking week on campus, the El Modena football stayed the course Friday night and went to work.

Marcus Manion battled on the ground against Fullerton running back Arthur Shaw. While the Vanguards defense shut Shaw down in the second half, Manion kept going and pushed El Modena to a 39-27 victory over Fullerton at Fullerton High.

The victory came four days after the tragic death of El Modena special needs student Emmanuel “Manny” Perez, who died on Monday after crashing an unsupervised campus golf cart.

Congrats coach!

— El Modena Athletics (@ElmoHSAthletics) September 14, 2019

“This is a huge night for the community after the tragedy,” El Modena coach Matt Mitchell said. “It was a big night emotionally for everybody. It was good to bounce back and get ourselves in the right mindset. It was a rough week for everyone and we battled through it.”

For a while it looked like Shaw was going to top his performance last week, where he rushed for 269 yards with five touchdowns, but he was limited to 28 rushing yards in the second half.

With Shaw shut down, Manion took over the show, and he finished with 226 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns.

Even with a big first half by Shaw, El Modena held a one-point lead thanks to touchdown runs of 81 yards by Manion, 65 yards by running back Jean Vargas and a 14-yard score by quarterback Nathan Lomeli.

“This was an adversity-type win,” Lomeli said. “Our O-line did what they had to do. Marcus and our running backs are studs. We just have to overcome adversity every week.”

Postgame interview with Marcus Manion of El Modena after he rushed for 226 yards tonight!@ocvarsity @elmodenafb @ElmoHSAthletics @elmorowdyrooter @ElModenaHS @EMHSFrontline

— Manny Alvarez (@MAlvarez02) September 14, 2019

El Modena immediately went to work in the second half with a 72-yard interception return for a touchdown by Chris Harn, just 53 seconds into the third quarter.

The El Modena defense kept the Indians off the scoreboard for all but the last 10 seconds of the second half.

“We went hard tonight,” Manion said. “We have to dominate and keep going. Our coaches push us all the way through, and make sure that we prepare every week. We have to keep pounding. We had a thing for Shaw tonight. He’s a fast kid.”

Shaw ran for 171 yards on 12 carries and a score to go with a 20-yard touchdown catch. Ronald Cherry had four catches for 94 yards and Cameron Williams was 12 of 20 passing for 112 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

El Modena quarterback Nathan Lomeli scored a touchdown in the victory over Fullerton on Friday, Sept. 13. (Photo by Manny Alvarez)

The Indians will host Brea Olinda on Friday, Sept. 20.

Vargas rushed for 90 yards on 10 carries and a score, and Lomeli rushed for 84 yards with a score on 12 carries. He threw only three passes.

El Modena will take on El Dorado on Thursday, Sept. 19 at Segerstrom High.

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Jaden Casey, Calabasas bounce back and hold off La Habra

CALABASAS — The week after a disheartening loss, a sluggish start was not the way the Calabasas High football team wanted things to go Friday night.

Trailing La Habra by two touchdowns early, the Coyotes regrouped behind quarterback Jaden Casey and defeated the Highlanders 46-35 in a back-and-forth nonleague game.

Casey, whose team dropped a double-overtime thriller to Serra of Gardena last week, threw for 265 yards and six touchdowns on 16-of-21 passing. Still, Calabasas didn’t take the lead for good until the final five minutes of the game and found itself protecting a four-point lead until Lashaun Bell recovered a La Habra fumble and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown with 1:42 left.

“We started off slow, and that put the defense in a really bad position, so next week we need to be better against Jserra,” said Casey, who threw four of his touchdown passes in the second quarter to give the hosts a lead by halftime.

La Habra (2-2) pounced on Calabasas immediately. Quarterback Ryan Zanelli threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Vasquez on the Highlanders’ first offensive snap, just 1:13 into the game. Calabasas (3-1) was penalized eight times for 50 yards in the first quarter, and La Habra extended its lead to 14-0.

Calabasas started to turn things around when Casey connected with LSU commit Jermaine Burton on a 63-yard touchdown pass 16 seconds into the second quarter, cutting La Habra’s lead in half. A couple minutes later, Casey connected with Oregon commit Johnny Wilson on a 6-yard touchdown pass to tie the score.

La Habra went back ahead by a touchdown, but Calabasas scored two touchdowns in the final minute of the second quarter to take a lead into the locker room at halftime. The Calabasas defense recovered a fumble to set up Casey’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Larry Turner III with 58 seconds left. Casey added another touchdown pass to Burton with 22 seconds left.

The second half remained tight, with Casey’s 27-yard touchdown to WIlson giving Calabasas a 33-21 lead early in the third quarter.

La Habra went back ahead 35-33 on Zanelli’s 10-yard touchdown pass to Clark Phillips with 8:15 left in the fourth quarter. Calabasas answered when Casey hooked up with Burton for a third time, also from 10 yards, for a 39-35 lead with 4:05 left.

Burton finished with four receptions for 118 yards and the three scores, while Wilson had four receptions for 86 yards and three touchdowns as well. Calabasas running back Jyden King rushed for 120 yards on 12 carries.

La Habra’s spread offense gave Calabasas’ defense fits throughout, even without starting running back Ryan Loudon. Running backs Max Franco and Malik Estero received the bulk of the carries in Loudon’s absence. Franco had 59 yards rushing and one touchdown on 14 carries, and Estero had eight carries for 24 yards with two touchdowns.

Zanelli was 22-of-29 for 306 yards with two touchdown passes. Ohio State commit Phillips had four catches for 50 yards and the one touchdown on offense and an interception on defense.

Calabasas next travels to Orange County to face a strong Jserra team, while La Habra will travel to take on Diamond Ranch.

My interview with Calabasas and future Fresno State QB Jaden Casey. @Jaden5kc @CalabasasFtball @Tarek_Fattal @LAVarsity

— Jack Gillespie (@dnsjackg) September 14, 2019

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