Say what you will about El Toro's Murle Sango--it is all deserved.
Just don't forget everyone else on the offense.
El Toro got a group effort Saturday night in its 27-17 victory over Servite to win the Southern Section Division V title at Santa Ana Stadium.
Steve Krupp, who threw two touchdown passes, has to get some credit.
So does Rich Oates, who gave El Toro a 14-3 lead with a 25-yard draw play in which no one laid a hand on him.
And so does the offensive line--Dan Noll, Ryan Roa, Chad Johnson, Matt Mason and Jim Adams--which didn't need to open up much of a hole for Oates and Sango, but did anyway.
Servite Coach Larry Toner, whose team beat El Toro in last year's semifinals praised the Chargers' quarterback.
"Krupp made all the right decisions," Toner said. "He made good decision after good decision."
Krupp credited the big bodies up front.
"Murle deservers all the [publicity] he gets," Krupp said. "The people who get overlooked are the linemen."
And the linemen--at least Adams--credited skill players for making it easier.
"We don't have to make much of a hole, but it certainly helps," Adams said. "Oates runs through guys and Murle runs around them--the 'Sango Tango.'
"[Krupp] should get just as much credit as Murle does. He's the one who led the team all year. When we needed a big pass play, he made it."
Like on the first series, when he rolled out on second and nine and completed a 16-yard pass to Sango. Or on third and 11 from the 20, Krupp hit Rocky Voll over the middle for the score.
There were others--a 22-yarder to Sango when 20 was needed for a first down on the second series, which ended in Oates' 25-yard run.
And less than three minutes later, after Damian Toohey recovered a Servite fumble, Krupp found Sango alone, streaking down the sidelines, for a 29-yard touchdown to make it 21-3 a little over three minutes into the second quarter.
Krupp, a senior, said that turnover was the key to the game.
"He got us into the right plays against the right defense," El Toro wide receiver coach Tim Ellis said. "[Krupp] is not unappreciated by us--we know he's really made us go even though he's got some real weapons.
Krupp finished 14 of 21 for 202 yards, no interceptions and two touchdowns. He had the county's second-best passing rating going into the game and did nothing to hurt it.
Sango, the county's second-leading receiver, caught four passes for 68 yards, but was just as valuable running--rushing 20 times for 121. And Oates rushed 12 times for 90 yards.
"This was about the best we've ever played," Adams said of El Toro's effort on the offensive line. "We ran over a good Servite team and got revenge for last year."