You don’t need college to be successful

Americans took out $1.7 trillion in government loans for college tuition.

Now, some don’t want to pay it back.

President Joe Biden says they shouldn’t have to. He wants to cancel at least $10,000 and maybe $50,000 of every student’s debt.

“They’re in real trouble,” says Biden, “having to make choices between paying their student loan and paying the rent.”

Poor students!

But wait: Shouldn’t they have given some thought to debt payments when they signed up for overpriced colleges? When they majored in subjects like photography or women’s studies, unlikely to lead to good jobs? When they took six years to graduate (a third don’t graduate even after six years).

Shouldn’t politicians also acknowledge that it’s taxpayer loans that let bloated colleges keep increasing tuition at twice the rate of inflation?


But they don’t.

“Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe points out that students’ demand for loan forgiveness is “kind of self-involved.”

“I know guys who worked hard to get a construction operation running.  Some had to take out a loan on a big old diesel truck. Why would we forgive the cost of a degree but not the cost of a lease payment?”

It’s a good question.

“For some reason,” continues Rowe, “we think a tool that looks like a diploma is somehow more important than that big piece of metal in the driveway that allows the guy to build homes that you … are in.”

The political class does focus on subsidizing college.

“Now everybody is armed with a degree. What kind of world is that?” asks Rowe. “Everybody dreams of being in the corner office, but nobody knows how to build the corner office?”

Lots of good jobs in skilled trades don’t require a college degree, he points out. “The push for college came at the expense of every other form of education. Shop class was taken out of high school. We have denied millions of kids an opportunity to see what half the workforce looks like.”

It’s a reason America now has a shortage of skilled trade workers.

Yet, plumbers, elevator mechanics construction managers, etc., make $100,000 a year.

MikeroweWORKS Foundation gives young people scholarships to schools where they learn such trades. He seeks to make skilled labor “cool” again.

One Rowe scholarship recipient, Chloe Hudson, considered college but was shocked at what it cost.

“I was like, ‘I can’t afford this!’ I don’t want to be saddled with student debt the rest of my life!”

Instead, thanks to her Rowe scholarship, she learned how to weld, and now she has no trouble finding work.

“I’ve been under nuclear plants … been in water systems,” Hudson recounts. “Those jobs make me appreciate what I have now so much more.”

“What do you make?” I ask Hudson.

$3,000 a week,” she responds.

She’s appalled by today’s college student’s demand for loan forgiveness.

“There is not a single loan I have ever taken out where I didn’t have an expectation put on myself that I was going to repay it,” says Hudson. “That’s getting up at four o’clock in the morning and making sure I’m at work on time. That’s staying late. That’s working weekends.”

But now she will have to help pay for all those college students who won’t pay their debts.

“I am taxed heavily,” complains Hudson. “It’s not a good feeling to know that the government thinks that they can spend my dollars better than I can.”

Right. Government doesn’t spend our dollars better than we do. “Forgive student loans” really means workers must pay for privileged students who don’t.

John Stossel is author of “Give Me a Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media.”

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Seniors rally Huntington Beach girls basketball past Fountain Valley

HUNTINGTON BEACH — The situation appeared dire for Huntington Beach High’s girls basketball team in the fourth quarter on Thursday, April 29.

Orange County’s eighth-ranked squad trailed hot-shooting No. 25 Fountain Valley by five points with less than five minutes left in the Surf League game.

But the Oilers’ seniors leaned on the theme of the night for some extra motivation.

“It’s Senior Night,” senior center Andie Payne later said with a laugh. “It’s kind of one you want to win.”

And Huntington Beach’s seniors showed how much they wanted it.

Payne, Jessica Doke, Minami Cheever and Alyssa Real each made key plays in the clutch to help the Oilers rally for a hard-fought 57-48 victory to improve to 10-0 overall, and 2-0 in the Surf League.

Huntington Beach, the two-time defending league champion, closed the fourth on a 16-2 run to hold off the Barons (6-4, 0-2) and twins Audrey and Margaret Tengan.

“All the seniors stepped up,” said Payne, who scored 23 points and a grabbed a season-high 25 rebounds. “I’m so happy we won this game.”

After Fountain Valley took a 46-41 lead on a 3-pointer by Audrey Tengan with 5:26 remaining, Huntington Beach started its surge on a long 3-pointer from Real.

Cheever then tied the score 46-46 by finishing a strong, post-up move with her off hand with 3:26 left.

After Payne recorded her fourth block, sophomore guard Akemi Tanga drove for the go-ahead layup with 2:50 remaining. Payne and Doke, listed at 6-foot-1 and 6-foot respectively, used their height advantage to add baskets in the post and the Oilers were on their way.

A three-point play by Doke off a putback rebound capped a 12-0 run and gave the Oilers a 53-46 lead with 1:35 left.

“They’re just too big for us,” Fountain Valley coach Marianne Karp said. “When you got big players like that who are strong, that ‘s difficult to overcome sometimes but our kids are quick. They work hard.”

Karp played a smaller lineup in the third quarter and the Barons responded by erasing a 27-18 deficit at halftime to lead 39-36 going into the fourth.

Margaret Tengan, a junior guard, scored nine of her team-high 18 points in the third. Audrey Tengan also reached double figures with 10 points.

Fountain Valley showed plenty of progress with the effort. The Barons, playing without starter Enya Nguyen (concussion), lost 60-41 to Corona del Mar earlier in the week and fell 53-27 to the Oilers in a nonleague game.

Despite his team fast start, Huntington Beach coach Russ McClurg knows his team faces a challenge at Corona del Mar on Tuesday. “They’re the team to beat,” he said.

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Huntington Beach investigators seek help finding suspect in fatal hit-and-run

HUNTINGTON BEACH — Huntington Beach police Tuesday asked for the public’s help tracking down a suspect in a fatal hit-and-run collision in January.

Police released more details about the vehicle involved in the collision that killed 29-year-old pedestrian Jacob Andrew Conroy of Midway City on Jan. 24.

Police are looking for a full-sized SUV with dark tinted windows similar to a newer-model Chevrolet Tahoe or Cadillac Escalade, according to Lt. Brian Smith of the Huntington Beach Police Department.

The SUV was going southbound on Goldenwest Street north of Oxford Drive when it struck Conroy, who was crossing outside of a crosswalk, Smith said. The driver fled the scene and Conroy was pronounced dead at the scene, Smith added.

A second vehicle struck Conroy, but that driver stopped and cooperated with investigators.

The suspect vehicle is believed to have sustained moderate front-end collision damage, Smith said.

Anyone with information was asked to contact investigators at 714-536- 5231 or 536-5670. Orange County Crime Stoppers will accept anonymous tips at 855-TIP-OCCS.

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No. 2 UCLA softball splits doubleheader with No. 4 Washington

A bat darted through the outfield of Easton Stadium on Saturday night, chasing insects through the air for a late-night dinner. Over in right field, Aaliyah Jordan leaned back, ready to swat at the nocturnal animal.

The UCLA softball team played well into the night on Saturday after starting a doubleheader against Washington with a game that lasted nearly three hours. But the effort was worth it, as the Bruins won the second game, 6-1, after dropping the matinee, 7-4.

“There was a lot of action, there was a lot of hits on defense and that, emotionally, can wear on you,” said UCLA coach Kelly Inouye-Perez. “Being out here as long as we have all day, we knew this was a mental challenge and we’re really focusing on our mental toughness and our ability to stay focused and play the game one inning at a time, but it is a challenge for all teams.”

After beating the Huskies just a day before, Washington snapped the Bruins’ seven-game win streak. UCLA put up two runs in the first two innings and two more in the final two. Meanwhile, the Huskies only had two innings without denting the scoreboard.

Aaliyah Jordan hit an RBI single in the first inning, then Kinsley Washington singled for an RBI in the second for the Bruins (27-3 overall, 9-2 in Pac-12)

Maya Brady cracked a solo home run in the sixth inning and Delanie Wisz (2-4, RBI) followed up in the seventh to score Briana Perez (1-3, two runs).

The homer was the second of Brady’s freshman campaign, and she went on to add another in the second game.

“I’d like to say that I’m happy with how I’m doing,” said Brady, “but I honestly can’t because I hav a lot more high expectations for myself and I want to contribute more to my team. I want to say tonight is the beginning of the real season.”

Baylee Klingler homered for the Huskies (35-8, 13-3) in the top of the first inning and Washington (1-3, RBI, two runs) scored an unearned run for UCLA in the bottom. It wasn’t until the fifth inning that the Bruins’ offense fully came to life.

Washington started the five-run flurry, scoring Kelli Godin (3-3, run) on a single. Jordan sent Washington home on a ground out, then Wisz hit an RBI single and Brady wrapped up the party with her two-run homer.

All the while, Holly Azevedo pitched a complete seven innings, recording six strikeouts and giving up seven hits.

“Our head coach brought us together before the inning started and told us, ‘What are we doing?’ and how we need to help our pitcher out because she was pitching a great game against a great team,” Brady said. “So just really wanted to help out our pitcher, Holly, and get our team some run s especially coming after the loss. Getting a lot of runs is a huge confidence booster for our team.”

In the first game, Megan Faraimo pitched 5 1/3 innings for the Bruins, recording five strikeouts while giving up 10 hits. Rachel Garcia entered in the second inning and dealt four strikeouts and yielded four hits.

UCLA finishes the four-game series against Washington at 1 p.m. on Sunday, an event that should end much faster than Saturday’s six-hour endeavor.

“We just have to play us,” Godin said. “The only people that are going to beat us are ourselves, so I think if we go in there tomorrow, and just play some UCLA softball, we’re going to be just fine.”

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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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Yorba Linda rallies to beat El Modena with final-play field goal by Hunter Kennedy

ORANGE – Yorba Linda stayed unbeaten by capping a fierce second-half comeback with Hunter Kennedy’s 27-yard field goal as time expired for a 17-14 win over El Modena on Friday night at Fred Kelly Stadium.

The Vanguards called back-to-back timeouts to try to rattle Kennedy’s confidence, but it didn’t work. Yorba Linda coach Jeff Bailey said he appreciated the gamesmanship by his counterpart, El Modena coach Matt Mitchell.

“This is the night I expected from Hunter the whole season,” Bailey said, “and our kids work hard on it, just the pressure situations and the freezes. It’s kinda fun and it’s neat for the kids.”

With his team down 14-0 at the half, Bailey challenged the Mustangs (5-0, 2-0) to rise to the occasion and they did.

Yorba Linda 17, El Modena 14. Hunter Kennedy wins it as time expires!!

— David Delgado🇪🇨 (@DavidDelgado_OC) April 10, 2021

“At halftime we talked about getting punched in the mouth and how you respond,” Bailey said. “This little group doesn’t like to lose and I’m real proud of them tonight.”

By winning, Yorba Linda will finish its season next week playing Villa Park with the Crestview League championship on the line.

Yorba Linda running back Ethan Pocci gained 89 of his game-high 111 yards in the second half Friday, and his touchdown run with 8:44 left in the fourth tied the game, 14-14.

El Modena (3-2, 0-2) got first-half touchdowns from Nick Mascaro and Sam Astor but wasn’t able to get on the scoreboard during the final 24 minutes of play.

The Vanguards took advantage of a muffed punt return and Emilio Spadaro came up with the loose ball. A few plays later Jack Keays threw a perfectly timed pass to Mascaro for a 28-yard score to give El Modena a 7-0 lead.

Late in the second quarter, the Mustangs drove to the Vanguards 1-yard line but their defense came up with a goal-line stand, keeping Pocci out of the end zone after a penalty pushed Yorba Linda back to the 6.

“We jumped offsides on the one-inch line and then end up giving up a wacky play for a 14-point turnaround,” Bailey said.

That “wacky” play by El Modena was a double-pass from Keays to Mayson Hitchens who fired a pass to Sam Astor that was underthrown and looked like it would be intercepted. Instead, a pair of Mustangs defenders were unable to pick it off despite a deflection. Astor’s concentration on the ball helped him secure a 46-yard touchdown catch that gave the Vanguards a two-touchdown advantage heading to the break.

Yorba Linda RB Ethan Pocci thanks his offensive line for helping him gain 111 yards and a TD in a 17-14 win over El Modena. All eyes on the Villa Park game now. @ocvarsity @ylhsfootball @EthanPocci @coachbailey_yl @LucasRoncevich @CoachCardonaOL

— David Delgado🇪🇨 (@DavidDelgado_OC) April 10, 2021

The Mustangs went on a 72-yard drive and scored on their first possession of the second half as Pocci and Chase Jones were the catalysts behind that drive. Jones’ 26-yard catch from Reyn Beal cut the El Modena lead in half.

Yorba Linda’s defense came up with a crucial stop in the fourth quarter as the Vanguards got to the Mustangs 39, but a tackle for a loss and a sack on the next two plays forced a punt.

With 1:23 left in the game, Beal threw quick passes to Jones and JJ Conrad to get in field goal range. Conrad’s 15-yard catch at the El Modena 30 was followed by a pass interference penalty that gave Kennedy a great look at the game-winning attempt.

Yorba Linda kicker Hunter Kennedy talks about his game-winning FG over El Mo. The Mustangs remain unbeaten and face Villa Park next week for the Crestview League title. @ocvarsity @ylhsfootball

— David Delgado🇪🇨 (@DavidDelgado_OC) April 10, 2021


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Fryer: Not the prettiest Mater Dei-Servite football game, but still special

It wasn’t the smoothest Mater Dei-Servite football game. There were too many penalties for that.

But it was a heck of a battle, which is what a Mater Dei-Servite game should be.

It had what we’ve seen in these games for decades: the fierce, hand-to-hand combat along the interior lines, the body-slam tackles, the three-dimensional chess strategy match between the coaching staffs, and in Saturday night’s edition of the great rivalry an entertaining duel between a great receiver and a great cornerback.

And considering that not so long ago it looked like we might not have any high school football, Mater Dei vs. Servite or otherwise, being at this game, a 24-17 Mater Dei win at Santa Ana Stadium, was like getting an extra Christmas.

“What you saw tonight was a classic Mater Dei-Servite game,” said Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson who has coached in these games since the late 1980s and played in a couple of them in the 1960s. “Two great defenses going toe to toe. I knew (Servite’s) defense was good, but I tell you what, we’re pretty good up front. (Servite) had some nice schemes and as fast as we’d adjust they’d adjust.”

Although making those adjustments took up much of his concentration Rollinson still paid fan-like attention to the receiver-cornerback duel of Servite’s 6-foot-4 junior receiver, Tetairoa McMillan, and Mater Dei’s 6-2 cornerback, Domani Jackson.

“I thought the battle between Domani Jackson and ‘TMac’ was, ya know … that’s what you come to high school football games for,” Rollinson said.

Servite coach Troy Thomas of course was disappointed. Very few teams in California are capable of beating Mater Dei. Thomas knew that his team was one of those very few.

Thomas was pleased with the level of effort the Friars delivered Saturday and, like Rollinson, was grateful to again be involved in the great Mater Dei-Servite rivalry and coach in a game featuring outstanding athletes playing at the highest level of high school football in the nation. That is Trinity League football when it is at its best.

Too many Trinity League games have been one-sided the past couple of years, with a large gap between the teams in the top half of the league and its bottom half. Win or lose, Thomas would prefer more games like Saturday’s.

“This is how it should be, the wars that used to be in this league,” Thomas said. “These games. The Trinity League. That’s what’s fun about this league.”

Some thoughts on Mater Dei-Servite …

• Mater Dei-Servite games often have a ton of penalties in them. Saturday’s game was more of the same. The final numbers: Mater Dei 22 penalties for 201 yards and Servite eight penalties for 102 penalty yards. Rollinson would later say, “The penalties? I don’t know. What can I say? I think we might have set a world record.”

• A few of those Mater Dei penalties were pass interference calls on Monarchs defensive backs trying to keep McMillan from catching the ball. “TMac” as they call him is a great athlete. He was one of Servite’s better basketball players last season but with these seasons overlapping more than usual McMillan is exclusively playing football, which is where his sports future lies.

• The National Federation of High School Sports Associations makes the rules (with plenty of input from coaches etc.) for high school football. A rule that should be evaluated for possible change is that in high school football a pass interference penalty can be called even if the pass sails obviously out of reach of the receiver. Several of Saturday’s pass interference calls, most of them against Mater Dei, were uncatchable balls.

• McMillan’s second-quarter touchdown catch was a good example. Servite quarterback Noah Fifita, rolling out to his right, side-armed a fastball that McMillan caught at the Mater Dei 10-yard line where McMillan dodged one Mater Dei tackler then carried another the final 2 yards into the end zone that cut the Mater Dei lead to 14-10.

• Mater Dei junior defensive back Cameron Sidney was in the right place at the right time on the first play from scrimmage. Sidney did not have to move far to pick off Fifita’s throw, snagging the ball at the Servite 22-yard line and taking it into the end zone for a 7-0 Mater Dei lead only six seconds into the game.

• Mater Dei did not run its first offensive play until the 5:17 mark of the first quarter. On Servite’s post-interception possession a Friars punt bounced into the Mater Dei punt returner and Servite’s Jack Kane recovered it at the Mater Dei 37. The Friars then maneuvered to the Mater Dei 9 where the drive died, leaving Servite to get a 26-yard field goal by Cash McVay to trim the Monarchs lead to 7-3.

• That Sidney game-opening interception return for a touchdown could be considered the play of the game, given it was decided by one touchdown. Another big play happened late in the first half when Mater Dei was looking at fourth-and-3 at the Servite 41-yard line. Mater Dei freshman quarterback Elijah Brown passed to receiver CJ Williams for 39 yards and a first down at the Servite 2, and the next play running back Raleek Brown ran it in for a touchdown and a 21-10 lead that would be the biggest lead of the game.

• Servite running back Kyle Bandy was a busy guy. In the first half alone he had 18 carries for 70 yards. During one second-quarter possession Bandy carried the ball on eight consecutive plays.

• Servite’s wild student section, “The Asylum” as it is called, was at the game. Most chose semi-formal attire, which for “The Asylum” is a long-sleeved white dress shirt, untucked, with thin black tie. The guys did a fine job singing along to John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” that was a hit before their parents met … or maybe before most of their parents were born.

• Raesjon Davis is the highly-rated linebacker at Mater Dei. The USC-signed senior deserves the attention. Just as impressive Saturday was Monarchs junior linebacker David Bailey (6-5, 226) who looked great in his season debut, having missed the Monarchs’ first games because of injury. He recorded two sacks.

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Santa Ana finds room for improvement after beating Estancia

SANTA ANA – Santa Ana coach Charlie Tegantvoort said that, in his opinion, the only team that can beat Santa Ana is Santa Ana.

On a night when they honored the team’s seniors, the Saints defeated Estanica 37-6 in an Orange Coast League game on Friday at Santa Ana Stadium, but the players weren’t satisfied with the victory after drawing over 100 yards in penalties.

“We had some good players making some good plays,” Tegantvoort said. “But we expect great players making great plays. We’re happy for the win and we’re happy to honor our seniors, but that’s not who we are. We want to be perfect and we are going to fight to get better.”

Postgame interview with Santa Ana coach Charlie Tegantvoort. The Saints will take the win, but they will need to clean up the penalties and mistakes if they plan to stay in the Orange Coast League Championship race.@ocvarsity @SantaAnaSaints

— Manny Alvarez (@MAlvarez02) April 3, 2021

Santa Ana (4-0) scored 21 points in the first quarter, including two touchdown passes from quarterback Angel Vega and a touchdown run from Jason Costa.

Costa added another score before the first half ended, but he left the game with an injury in the third quarter and didn’t return. Costa rushed for 93 yards on 19 carries with the two scores and had an interception.

With Costa on the sideline, Raul Alvarez and Dominic Madrid filled his role.  Alvarez rushed for 53 yards on seven carries and Madrid rushed for 110 yards on 12 carries with a touchdown.

“It felt like he never got out (of the game),” Vega said “The next back had the same production with the same yards.”

Go Saints❤⚜

— Jason Costa (@Jason_Costa157) April 3, 2021

Estancia (1-3) got on the scoreboard late in the second quarter thanks to a 19-yard field goal from Freddy Guzman. Guzman added another field goal from 35 yards out in the fourth quarter.

Vega was 12 of 17 passing for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Anthony Gomez caught six passes for 83 yards and a score for the Saints.

Eagles quarterback Lucas Pacheco was 10 of 23 passing for 72 yards and two interceptions while he also rushed for 65 yards on 12 carries to go along with eight tackles on defense.

Noah Aires had eight tackles and an interception for Estancia.

The Saints will take on host Costa Mesa on Friday, April 9. Estancia will host Laguna Beach on the same night.

“We have to fix our little mistakes,” Costa said. “We have to focus on us, with our keys and our jobs. We just have to execute.”

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Rancho Alamitos overpowers Santiago, takes control of league race

GARDEN GROVE – The message from the Rancho Alamitos football team was simple: It is not going to share the Garden Grove League title this season.

The Vaqueros made that clear Thursday night.

Jacob Castro utilized all of his weapons as he threw three touchdown passes and led Rancho Alamitos to a 53-20 victory over Santiago in a Garden Grove League game on Thursday at Garden Grove High School.

The victory was revenge for last season’s 27-0 loss to Santiago which led to a three-way tie, along with Loara, for the league title.

“Our kids don’t want to share it (the league title) anymore,” Rancho Alamitos coach Mike Enright said. “They don’t want anyone else taking a piece of that pie. We still have work to do. We still have Los Amigos and Bolsa Grande. They’re going to come out firing and they want to knock us off, but our kids tonight came out focused and disciplined and they played really well.”

Kennedy’s Oye Akerele. (Photo by Manny Alvarez)

Rancho Alamitos (4-0) scored the game’s first 27 points, including a pair of rushing touchdowns from Oye Akerele.

Santiago (1-2) cut the lead to 20 points with a 9-yard touchdown run by Derrick Martin, but the Vaqueros returned scored again before halftime with a 9-yard touchdown catch by Seymore Brown III, his second score of the half.

Rancho Alamitos added two scores in the third quarter, from Castro and Stephan Monge, to keep the game out of reach for the Cavaliers.

Castro was 13 of 18 passing for 232 yards and three touchdowns. Stephan Monge caught three passes for 70 yards and a score to go along with two interceptions on defense, and Brown caught three passes for 56 yards and a score. He added seven carries for 69 yards and a touchdown.

“We just had to read the defense,” Castro said. “We had to be ourselves. We have to come back and win that league title with the two games we have left. This was big. We knew this was going to be a dogfight.”

Martin led the Cavaliers with 173 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns while Isaac Hernandez led Santiago with nine tackles.

Rancho Alamitos will take on Los Amigos at Garden Grove High on Friday, April 9. Santiago plays Bolsa Grande on Thursday, April 8 on the same field.

“We have to stay disciplined,” Akerele said. “No flags, no penalties. We don’t want those. We have to keep blocking on offense and we have to keep closing them down on defense. We have to keep them at bay.

“We can do this again. We can score 53 again.”

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