Orange Coach Dick Hill is a step closer to another milestone.
With tailback Marcus Garza scoring three touchdowns and quarterback Andy Lauridsen passing for two, Orange coasted to a 34-0 nonleague victory over Santa Ana Thursday night at Tustin High.
The victory gives Hill 199 victories as a coach in Orange County, adding to his county record. And it came at the expense of his former team. Hill, who has 211 victories overall, coached Santa Ana for eight years before being forced out in 1991. Hill will have an opportunity to win his 200th in the county next Friday against Anaheim.
The Panthers (3-1), who won their third in a row and second by shutout, used two third-quarter touchdowns to turn a 14-0 halftime lead into a rout.
Garza, who also had a 32-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, scored both times. The first came after a Santa Ana fumble as Garza and Lauridsen connected on an eight-yard touchdown pass with 8 minutes 1 second remaining in the quarter for a 21-0 advantage. Garza, who rushed for 71 yards in 11 carries, added an 11-yard scoring run with 3:31 left.
Despite the ease of the victory, Hill said his team didn’t play well.
“We got off to a slow start and made some mistakes,” he said. “You never knock having a good win, but we’ve got to work on some of our leaks. All in all though it was a good win.”
Santa Ana fell to 0-4.