ORANGE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: PREP EXTRA : SCORECARD / COUNTY HIGHLIGHTS FROM WEEK 10
A PERFECT 10
Western’s former basketball coach, Marvin Blenker, has seen more than 150 consecutive home football games in the last 31 years. He is the timekeeper for the Pioneer football team, which owns the county’s only perfect record at 10-0.
For the record:
12:00 AM, Nov. 12, 1995 For the Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday November 12, 1995 Orange County Edition Sports Part C Page 15 Sports Desk 1 inches; 25 words Type of Material: Correction
High school football--The Orange Lutheran player who intercepted a pass thrown by Cerritos Valley Christian quarterback Kirk Saarloos was senior middle linebacker Chris Amato.
Blenker said Thursday he couldn’t remember the last time a Western team had gone undefeated in the regular season.
It was 1972, when the undefeated Pioneers, coached by Jim Everett, played Santa Fe Springs St. Paul for the major-division championship at the Los Angeles Coliseum. St. Paul won, 29-24.
THE WELL IS DRY
Coach Julian Smilowitz called his Fullerton players over to congratulate them on winning the school’s first outright Freeway League title in 12 seasons and to remind them of next week’s playoffs.
All but one player--running back John Wilkie--circled their coach. Wilkie quietly dropped his helmet and ran over to grab the water containers, hoping to douse Smilowitz during his postgame talk.
Unfortunately for Wilkie, both containers were empty.
“Maybe somebody else got him,” Wilkie said. “But if we win next week, I’ll get him then.”
ON THE RECORD
‘This team is so young. . . . We’re just starting to blossom.’
--Doug Case, Rancho Alamitos coach, whose team has qualified for the Division VII playoffs despite starting six sophomores.
DROUGHNS COMES UP A LITTLE SHORT
With its leading rusher, Reuben Droughns, stopped cold most of the night, Anaheim turned to its passing game Friday to post a 19-7 victory over Valencia.
Luis Gomez completed eight of 17 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Jesus Acevedo caught six passes for 196 yards, including a 63-yard touchdown.
Droughns, a senior, rushed for 55 yards to finish with 1,124. Because the Colonists won’t be eligible for postseason play, Droughns completed his prep career with 4,915 total yards, passing Servite’s Derek Brown (4,878 yards) for second place on the county’s all-time list.
Ray Pallares of Valencia, who gained 5,397 yards from 1983 to 1985, is still No. 1.
Orange Lutheran defensive lineman David Mercier accomplished something Friday that no one had been able to do all season: intercept a pass thrown by Cerritos Valley Christian quarterback Kirk Saarloos.
Saarloos had thrown 124 times without an interception, but Mercier stepped in front of and caught a pass intended for Keith Van Essen in the first quarter. Valley Christian went on to a 36-31 victory.
ON THE RECORD
‘It’s weird, I just always seem to be right there when they happen. Of course, now I’m starting to look for them.’
--Chris Bailey, Servite strong safety, who recovered his sixth fumble of the season Friday in the Friars’ 49-0 victory over Tustin.
HOW TOP 10 FARED
Results of games involving teams in the Orange County Sportswriters’ Poll:
1. Esperanza (8-2)
beat Edison (6-4), 17-10, Thursday.
2. Los Alamitos (9-1)
beat Marina (3-7), 54-0.
3. Mater Dei (9-1)
vs. Mission Viejo (0-10), 34-16.
4. San Clemente (8-2)
beat Trabuco Hills (3-7), 44-0, Thursday.
5. Capistrano Valley (8-2)
beat Dana Hills (2-8), 30-0, Thursday.
6. Servite (8-2)
vs. Tustin (4-5-1), 49-0.
7. Western (10-0)
beat Brea Olinda (6-4), 28-6, Thursday.
8. El Toro (8-2)
vs. Woodbridge (0-9-1), 35-0.
9. Laguna Hills (9-1)
beat Costa Mesa (4-6), 41-0, Thursday.
10. Fountain Valley (7-3)
beat Huntington Beach (3-7), 45-6, Thursday.
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1. Mike Willes
Fullerton, 1981 vs. San Bernardino, 477 yards
2. Jeff Taylor
Ocean View, 1995 vs. Saddleback, 422 yards
3. Brad Hillman
Sonora, 1970 vs. Ontario, 418 yards
4. Andy Bielanski
Savanna, 1967 vs. La Habra, 407 yards
5. Mike Good
Los Alamitos, 1993 vs. Huntington Beach, 403 yards