DESERT SKY LEAGUE
Orange Lutheran 55, Katella 0
The Southland's top-rated passer, Katella's Ethan Haller, passed for 200 yards against No. 7 Orange Lutheran - not that it mattered. He had four passes intercepted, with two returned for touchdowns, and the Lancers (6-0, 2-0) scored a one-sided victory at Glover Stadium in Anaheim.
"They're a lot faster than you see on film," said Haller, who completed 16 of 36 passes, with 142 yards coming on four completions. "A lot faster. Every position."
Haller entered the game for Katella (4-3, 1-1) averaging more than 297 yards passing per game with 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Michael Haddad returned an interception 68 yards to give Orange Lutheran a 42-0 lead with 1:48 left in the first half. Kyle Renny returned the first of his two interceptions 10 yards to set up a 28-yard field goal by Troy Van Blarcom on the last play of the first half.
R.J. Badger had a 30-yard interception return for a score to make it 55-0 with 55 seconds left in the third quarter.
"Our defense played real well against an excellent quarterback with excellent receivers," said Orange Lutheran Coach Jim Kunau. "We knew they'd get some yards in the air, but we thought we could make some plays too."
Seth Blackamore completed eight of nine passes in the first half for 197 yards and two touchdowns and Pat Roxas, John Ausmus and Alex Mason each rushed for a touchdown for the Lancers, who amassed 252 yards rushing.
La Palma Kennedy 26, Loara 0
Placentia Valencia 52, Cypress 0
Hart 56, Canyon Country Canyon 21
There will be no changing of the guard this year.
At least not in the storied rivalry between Newhall Hart and Canyon Country Canyon.
In what was supposed to be Canyon's game to turn the tables on their Foothill League rivals, it was business as usual Thursday night as Hart pounded the Cowboys at Canyon High.