THE TOP 10
1 El Toro (9-0) * 34 San Clemente (3-6) 7 2 Capistrano Valley (9-0) 14 Dana Hills (6-3) 6 3 Sunny Hills (9-0) 40 Sonora (2-7) 0 4 Los Alimitos (8-1)* 28 El Dorado (0-9) 0 5 Estancia (9-0) 17 Tustin (5-4) 12 6 Mission Viejo (7-2) 38 Irvine (3-6) 6 7 Loara (7-1-1) * 14 Cypress (3-6) 6 8 Valencia (7-0-1) Today Western (7-1) 9 Santa Ana (7-2) 21 Foothill (4-5) 6 10 Trabuco Hills (8-1) 33 Woodbridge (3-6) 20
* Thursday game
In the showdown between Garden Grove League's premier running backs, county rushing leader Dana Riddle rushed for a school-record 374 yards and two touchdowns in 52 carries, the third best rushing total in county history. Chris Shockley gained 109 yards in 24 carries. But Shockley's Pacifica team prevailed over Rancho Alamitos, 41-14.
Brian Pizula rushed for 146 yards and scored on runs of 10, 11 and 30 yards to lift unbeaten Sunny Hills to a 40-0 Freeway League victory over Sonora.
Santa Ana quarterback Jesse Rosas outgained the entire Foothill offense, passing for 105 yards and rushing for 62 in a 21-6 Century League victory. Foothill had only 153 total yards.
Pacifica defensive back Derrick Nicholson returned a fumble 90 yards for a touchdown and returned an interception 83 yards for another score in a 41-14 rout of Rancho Alamitos.
Randy Cicero had three sacks to help Newport Harbor rally from a 10-point deficit in a 27-17 Sea View League victory over Saddleback.
ODDS AND ENDS
Out Go the Lights: Two weeks ago, Bishop Amat's homecoming game against Bishop Montgomery was spoiled when newly installed lights short circuited the stadium's electrical system, canceling the game. Fans were given rain tickets and the game was rescheduled the next night. "We thought it was going to be a disaster, but we actually made another $1,700 in ticket receipts the next night in addition to the tickets we sold on Friday," said Mark Paredes, Bishop Amat athletic director and football coach.
One losing streak ended, another continued when Laguna Beach met Costa Mesa in a battle to avoid last place in the Pacific Coast League. Laguna Beach's Sean Mallet rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns in 27 carries as the Artists won, 23-13, for their first victory of the season. Costa Mesa dropped to 0-9.
ON THE RECORD
"Hey, man, I'm happy. When I got here they told me I had 10 kids on my team, no weight room and no coaches, because they all quit. We got our butts kicked for two years, we went two and 18. But in the last two seasons we've gone 16-3-1, and it's because these kids did the work, they ran and pumped weights when all their friends were at the beach and having fun. It wasn't fun for them back then, but this, this is fun."--John Liebengood, Estancia coach, after his team's 17-12 victory over Tustin clinched the Sea View League championship, its first league title in football in 10 years.