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Saturday, Sept. 6
Maranatha 14, Capistrano Valley Christian 2
Jeremy Ward passed for 108 yards and Karl Hodel had five catches for 52 yards for visiting Capistrano Valley Christian.
Brentwood 14, Mojave 7
Cathedral 19, Montclair Prep 12
Santa Ana Calvary Chapel 3, El Cajon Christian 3
Nipomo 34, Visalia El Diamante 7
Friday, Sept. 5
Linfield Christian 21, Saddleback Valley Christian 14
Chuck Wilson rushed for 64 yards and two touchdowns in five carries and had four catches for 57 yards, and James Waite had 87 yards rushing in 21 carries for Linfield Christian in a season opener for both teams. Brian Harbin rushed for 84 yards in 15 carries and returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown and Tim Olkie rushed for 40 yards and touchdown in five carries for Saddleback Valley Christian.
Los Alamitos 49, Culver City 0
What do you do when your best players are receivers and you're facing one of the best secondaries in the nation?
You throw to them. Often. And cross your fingers.
Of course, none of that helped host Culver City. Not against Randy Estes, Jeff Minter, Antoine Cason, D.J. Dykes and company.
They cast a net on Culver City receivers Michael Bumpus and Jaison Williams - the Centaurs attempted only three of 20 passes to anyone other than those two - and the top-ranked Griffins dominated last year's Southern Section Division X semifinalists.
Secondary? Bumpus noticed more than the secondary.
"Their defensive line is just amazing," said Bumpus, a preseason All-American who caught only three passes for 19 yards. "They'd penetrate and we'd get no time. The defensive backs are quick and break on the ball. Their linebackers are the best we've ever seen."
Linebackers Sean Clark and Nathan Quinn also had interceptions - Clark returned his 59 yards for a touchdown - and the defensive front sacked Kris Cueva four times. As a unit, they limited the Centaurs to 59 yards rushing in 25 carries, and only 28 yards on five-of-20 passing. Los Alamitos had 355 yards of offense.
"They got big players, but today, their big players didn't come through for them," said Estes, who returned one interception for a 31-yard touchdown and ran for scores of three and 38 yards.
"We talked about [Bumpus and Williams] from the first time we knew we were going to play them. We wanted to come out here and prove what we're all about."
On offense, Jimmy Barnes, son of Griffin Coach John Barnes, completed 12 of 18 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown in his debut. Cortes Rice rushed 21 times for 98 yards for Los Alamitos
Righetti 62, Ayala 28
The season is only one game old but Ryan Mole is in mid-season form.
Mole rushed for 350 yards and four touchdowns in 16 carries and added a 32-yard touchdown on a shuffle pass, leading Santa Maria Righetti to the victory over Chino Hills Ayala in a season opener for both teams Friday night at Ayala.
Mole set the tone early with a 61-yard touchdown run on Righetti's first play from scrimmage. He later added touchdown runs of 70, 69, and 68 yards, all coming on one-play drives. He finished with 408 total yards for Righetti, which outgained Ayala, 641-317.
"He was dynamic tonight," Righetti coach Greg Dickinson said.
The 350 yards was a career high for Mole. Dickinson said it was a school record.
Ayala was within 28-21 when quarterback Bryan Waggener plunged into the end zone from one yard out with 8:14 left in the third quarter. But Mole took over, scoring three times in a seven-minute stretch spanning the third and fourth quarters.
"I just came out and did my best," Mole said. "I didn't think we would do this good this early in the season."
Mark Malangko had 124 yards and two touchdowns in four carries and also returned the second half kickoff 93 yards for a score, Waggener completed 10 of 17 passes for 205 yards and a touchdown and K.C. Asiodu added 51 yards and a touchdown on six carries and caught five passes for 138 yards and a touchdown for Righetti.
Fountain Valley 27, Cantwell-Sacred Heart 18
Irvine University 33, Century 7
Laguna Beach 34, Palos Verdes 13
Mammoth 26, Aquinas 21
Morningside 36, Gladstone 7
St. John Bosco 39, Westchester 12
Senior quarterback Patrick Cowan ran for three touchdowns and passed for another in an impressive debut for the Braves. Cowan, the younger brother of UCLA freshman receiver Joe Cowan, scored on runs of 11, 1 and 3 yards and passed for a five-yard score. Terrance King rushed for 97 yards in 17 carries and scored one touchdown. St. John Bosco opened a 49-0 lead after three quarters.
Vista 17, Bishop Amat 7
Lucerne Valley 21, Imperial 14
Anza Hamilton 42, Pine Valley Mountain Empire 0
Ridgecrest Burroughs 34, Tehachapi 28
Arroyo Grande 38, Shafter 6
Fairmont Prep 48, Santa Clara St. Lawrence 15
Thursday, Aug. 28
Honolulu Pac-Five 27, Schurr 22