EDGE ON BIG RED
Not many teams can boast having an edge on Mater Dei when it comes to football, but Redlands carried a 4-2 series edge going into Friday’s Division I second-round game, which the Monarchs won, 34-14.
Redlands’ last victory came in 1979, when the Terriers edged the Monarchs, 3-0, in the playoffs. That was also the last time Redlands reached the semifinals.
IT’S ANOTHER LONG KNIGHT
Foothill made it four in a row Friday in its 27-18 loss to Newport Harbor in the second round of the Division V playoffs.
For the fourth time in the five years Tom Meiss has been head coach, Foothill has been eliminated from the playoffs by a Sea View League team.
Foothill was eliminated in 1992 and ’93 by Irvine and the Knights lost to eventual Division V champion Newport Harbor, 13-10, in a 1994 game that was decided in overtime.
ON THE MOVE
Los Angeles Loyola is moving on up. In the state record book, that is.
With its 17-14 victory Friday over Capistrano Valley, Loyola has 504 victories and needs only four more to move into sixth place, according to Cal-Hi Sports. Santa Ana currently occupies the spot at 508.
ON THE RECORD
‘We went down this path last year and didn’t fare too well. We have some seniors on this squad, and they know they’ve got to have the ticket to go to the dance.’
--Joe Wood, Aliso Niguel coach, before Friday’s Division VIII second-round playoff victory over Troy, 40-7.
A FINE SUBSTITUTE
Without Billy Newman, Sea View League offensive player of the year with 1,845 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns, Friday against Valencia, Santa Margarita turned to Damien Minna, the league’s defensive player of the year.
Newman was nursing a tender hamstring so Minna, who played some fullback this season, got the start. Though not flashy or as fast as Newman, Minna gained 55 yards in 15 carries in the Eagles’ 38-0 victory.
“I just ran as hard as I could,” Minna said. “I haven’t ran the ball that much since I was a sophomore. I hope Billy is back next week.”
Eagle Coach Jim Hartigan said Newman would return for the semifinals Saturday against Tustin.
THOSE AREN’T BOOS
Rancho Alamitos fans had spectators from Sunny Hills confused when they broke into what appeared to be boos after several outstanding plays by the Vaqueros.
Actually, they were cheering for linebacker/receiver Nu Atuatasi by shouting, “Nuuuuu.”
TOUGH TO REPEAT
Defending Division V champion El Toro gave top-seeded Servite all it wanted in the Friars’ 47-34 victory, but the Chargers’ season ended without a victory over a team with a winning record.
A KICK IN THE PANTS
It was a bad night for Foothill and Newport Harbor kickers Friday.
Not one extra-point kick was made after seven touchdowns were scored between the teams.
Foothill tried two kickers and neither was able to convert. The Knights even failed on a two-point conversion pass.
Newport Harbor’s kicker, Eddie Johnson, made a key 25-yard field goal in the third quarter, but he missed a 42-yard attempt before halftime with the score tied, 6-6.
The Sailors failed to convert a pair of two-point conversions and two extra-point kicks.
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1. Leo Kosi
Rancho Alamitos vs. Sunny Hills
231 yards in 33 carries
2. John Duhon
Loara vs. Tustin
191 yards in 25 carries
3. Deshaun Foster
Tustin vs. Loara
180 yards in 19 carries
4. Ray Ohrel
Newport Harbor vs. Foothill
157 yards in 29 carries
5. Travis Freeman
Orange Lutheran vs. St. Anthony
132 yards in 20 carries
5. Richard Oates
El Toro vs. Servite
132 yards in 12 carries
1. Greg Cicero
Servite vs. El Toro
23 of 32, 446 yards
2. Mike Strand
El Toro vs. Servite
22 of 35, 320 yards
3. David Priestley
Brethren Christian vs. Nordhoff
16 of 32, 216 yards
4. Nick Stremick
Mater Dei vs. Redlands
11 of 22, 210 yards
5. Carson Palmer
Santa Margarita vs. Valencia
14 of 21, 209 yards