Southern Section

Saturday, Oct. 4


Cavalry Chapel Murrieta 29, St. Margaret’s 0
Matt Chavez ran for a school record 220 yards on 22 carries with one touchdown, Ryan Brodmann had two interceptions and Blake Booth added 8 tackles, including four for loss, for host Cavalry Chapel Murrieta (1-2-1). St. Margarets is 2-2.

Charter Oak 27, Glendora 24
Patrick Fuller had 177 yards on 27 carries with two touchdowns to lead Charter Oak (3-1) at Citrus College. Host Glendora is 2-2.

Foothill 50, El Modena 0
Mike Alba rushed for 156 yards, including touchdown runs of 54, 40 and four yards and Casey Daniels completed eight of 15 passes for 165 yards, including scoring passes of 61 and nine yards, with no interceptions for visiting Foothill. The 61-yard touchdown pass was caught by Pat McNamara, who finished with two catches for 72 yards. Defensively, Sean Hansen and Mike Gentry each intercepted a pass and Ed Majors recovered a fumble and returned it 85 yards for a touchdown for the Knights (4-0).

LA Baptist 23, Mojave 15
Alex Westmore threw 10 of 22 for 207 yards, including touchdown passes of 26 and 15 yards, both to Kiki Duffus, to lead host LA Baptist (3-1). Mojave goes to 0-4.

Pasadena Poly 35, Ontario Christian 7
Jordie Gaffney was 11 for 20 passing for 137 yards and two touchdowns to lead host Pasadena Poly. Ontario Christian is 2-2.

Ribet Academy 65, La Verne Lutheran 0
Bret James rushed for 145 yards with two touchdowns on three carries and Carl Watson had four receptions for 76 yards and one touchdown for Ribet Academy (2-2). Host La Verne Lutheran falls to 0-4.

St. Bernard 45, La Salle 3
Marcus Crockett gained 178 yards and two touchdowns in eight carries to lead St. Bernard (3-1) over La Salle at Monrovia High.Jared Billips added two kickoff returns for 186 yards and caught a nine-yard touchdowon pass, while Justin Calcote scored on a one-yard run.

Whittier Christian 50, Western Christian 16
Sean Thomson rushed for 357 yards and four touchdowns in 25 carries and also scored on a pair of two-point conversion runs for host Whittier Christian (3-1), which led 42-8 at halftime. Western Christian is 1-3.

Alemany 37, Campbell Hall 7
Flintridge Prep 55, Keppel 0
Lynwood 49, San Diego Henry 0
St. Genevieve 29, Malibu 10
Troy 41, Santa Ana Valley 21
Vasquez 29, Santa Ana Calvary Chapel 28
Woodbridge 35, El Toro 28



Heritage League

Santa Clarita Christian 29, Faith Baptist 28
Faith Baptist scored on a 10-yard run with 40 seconds remaining, but Steven Mercier made a game saving tackle at the goal line denying the Contenders the two-point conversion to preserve the victory for host Santa Clarita Christian (4-0, 2-0). Mercier also rushed for 142 yards on 21 carries with three touchdowns on offense and was 4 for 9 passing for 47 yards and one touchdown. Faith Baptist is 2-2, 0-1 in league.

Avalon 40, La Jolla Bishop’s 3
Bakersfield Christian 55, Laguna Blanca 0
Bakersfield Valley 53, Big Pine 6
Bethel Christian 41, Calvary Baptist 24
Bloomington Christian 28, Hesperia Christian 20
Escondido San Pasqual Academy 52, Baker 0
Riverside Christian 47, Southlands Christian 14
Santa Clarita Christian 29, Faith Baptist 28
Upland Christian 50, St. Michael’s Prep 8
Ventura County Christian 54, Trinity Lutheran 18
Villanova Prep 59, L.A. Lutheran 14

Friday, Oct. 3


Banning 52, Riverside Notre Dame 0 Beaumont 26, San Jacinto 13
Big Bear 27, Yucca Valley 26


Grace Brethren 30, Maranatha 0
Chad Kackert carried 23 times for 212 yards and two touchdowns as the Lancers (4-0) won in Simi Valley.


Coachella Valley 42, Desert Hot Springs 13
La Quinta 54, Indio 7
Palm Springs 21, Palm Desert 7


Garden Grove Pacifica 63, Westminster La Quinta 0
Jaymes Franco had 109 yards on five carries and Jimmy White scored touchdowns the two times he ran the ball for Pacifica (2-2, 1-0). Brandon Harper also threw for 126 yards and two touchdowns. La Quinta is 0-4, 0-1.

Rancho Alamitos 30, Garden Grove Santiago 6


Saddleback 29, Costa Mesa 28 (OT)
Romero Chavez scored two touchdowns and the game-winning two-point conversion for Saddleback (2-2, 1-0) over defending league champion Costa Mesa (0-1 in league). Guillermo Garcia was 10 of 20 passing for 200 yards and a touchdown and Albert Garcia had seven catches for 115 yards for Saddleback.


Lompoc 17, Santa Ynez 13
Lompoc Cabrillo 34, Santa Maria 7


Agoura 42, Royal 14
Moorpark 50, Calabassas 7
Simi Valley 53, Newbury 23
Westlake 49, Thousand Oaks 7


Bassett 54, Duarte 22
Randy Tresvant rushed for 330 yards and five touchdowns to lead Bassett (2-2, 1-0) past Duarte (0-4, 0-1).

Azusa 15, Workman 7


Long Beach Wilson 31, Compton 20
Dion Myers ran for 334 yards in 28 carries and scored on touchdown runs of 76, 24 and 17 yards to lead Long Beach Wilson (4-0, 1-0). Compton is 0-4, 0-1.

Lakewood 41, Long Beach Cabrillo 14
Millikan 42, Long Beach Jordan 41


Culver City 56, Palos Verdes 20
Junior quarterback Chris Cueva was eight for eight passing for 136 yards and three touchdowns to lead Culver City (4-1, 0-1) past host Palos Verdes (1-4, 0-1). Senior Michael Bumpus scored on a 33-yard reception, a 15-yard rush, and a 55-yard interception return for Culver City. The Centaurs led, 44-0, at the half.

South Torrance 72, Compton Centennial 0
South Torrance improved to 4-0, 1-0. Compton Centennial fell to 0-4, 0-1.


Arroyo Valley 35, Cajon 16
Colton 52, Pacific 7
San Gorgonio 23, Yucaipa 7


Bellflower 53, Glenn 7
La Mirada 54, Artesia 0


Oaks Christian 44, Santa Paula 9
Aaron Ware rushed for 136 yards, including touchdowns of 70 and four yards, in 14 carries for host Oaks Christian (4-0, 1-0).

Bishop Diego 35, Fillmore 25
Nordhoff 17, Carpinteria 7


Alhambra 20, South Pasadena 17
Alhambra running back Josh Compos carried 17 times for 140 yards and scored on a 60-yard run with 6:47 left in the game that gave Alhambra (2-2) its final lead. Compos also sacked South Pasadena’s quarterback on the final play of the game. South Pasadena is 2-2.

Anaheim Canyon 49, Anaheim 13
Kenny Lusk scored three rushing touchdowns and Rich Kingsland added two more scores on the ground for Canyon (2-2). Anaheim is 0-4.

Bosco Tech 44, South El Monte 24
Nick Acuna had 25 carries for 257 yards and four touchdowns to lead Bosco Tech (1-3) past South El Monte (1-3).

Brentwood 42, Lucerne Valley 3
Tailback Ryan Mallory had 206 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries to lead a host Brentwood (4-0) rushing attack that totaled 323 yards. Lucerne Valley is 2-3.

Capistrano Valley Christian 16, Chadwick 16
Brody Flemming returned an interception 65 yards for a touchdown with five minutes remaining that tied the game for visiting Capistrano Valley Christian (2-2-1). Senior quarterback Danny St. Lawrence had 30 carries for 181 yards and was seven for 16 for 49 yards and two touchdowns to lead Chadwick (2-1-1). Senior linebacker Andrew Vickers had 12 tackles and a fumble recovery to lead the Dolphin defense.

Harvard-Westlake 51, Bishop Montgomery 14
Harvard-Westlake (4-0) limited Bishop Montgomery (0-4) to two first downs through three quarters of play and had five different players scored touchdowns.

Leuzinger 40, Arroyo 19
Junior Jaycen Taylor ran for three touchdowns, a two-point conversion and 169 yards in seven carries and Folau Tuione had 13 carries for 121 yards, a two-point conversion and two touchdowns to lead Leuzinger (2-2) over visiting Arroyo. Tory Morgan added 120 yards and a two-point score in 17 carries to help Leuzinger amass 449 yards on offense, all on the ground.

Los Altos 44, Ayala 13
Brian Waggener was 15 of 29 for 123 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions for Ayala (1-4). KC. Asiodu and Nhamdi Gwachan each caught a touchdown for Ayala.

Loyola 16, Antelope Valley 7
Trason Bragg rushed for 172 yards and one touchdown in 29 carries for Loyola and the Cubs escaped with a victory over the previously unbeaten Antelopes at Antelope Valley High.

Bragg, a junior, scored on a six-yard run on the Cubs’ first possession of the second half for the first touchdown surrendered by Antelope Valley’s defense this season. The score gave Loyola (3-1), ranked No. 14 in the Southland by The Times, a 10-0 lead and provided what turned out to be the decisive points.

The Cubs’ victory prevented Antelope Valley Coach Brent Newcomb from notching the 200th victory of his 26-year career. The loss, which came on the heels of two consecutive shutout victories, dropped Newcomb’s career record to 199-105-3.Antelope Valley sophomore Andre Crenshaw broke three tackles on a zig-zagging 49-yard reverse run to pull the Antelopes (3-1) within 10-7 with 5 minutes 55 seconds to play in the third quarter.

The Antelopes twice moved deep into Loyola territory in the last 10 minutes but were unable to capitalize.

Matt Appenfelder, who had three catches for 75 yards, gave the Cubs their final points with a four-yard scoring reception from Scott Deke to cap an 11-play, 74-yard drive with 11:55 to play. Deke finished 10-of-17 passing for 165 yards.

Aided by a 62-yard run by Kreig Peters (19 carries, 112 yards), Antelope Valley drove to the Loyola four-yard line but Aaron Wilson was stopped for no gain on a fourth-and-one play with 9:15 left.

The Antelopes recovered a fumble at the Cubs’ 26-yard line on the ensuing series, but were unable to advance after three incomplete passes and a run for negative yardage.
--Lauren Peterson

Mary Star 34, Aquinas 7
Josh Chapin carried 28 times for 152 yards and a touchdown and Jonathan Phillips had a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown to lead Mary Star (3-1) past host Aquinas (2-3). Andrew Bradford added 91 yards in six carries in the first half for Mary Star before leaving the game due to injury.

Monrovia 20, El Rancho 17
Brandon Spicer had 123 yards in 19 carries and added a touchdown to help host Monrovia (3-1) past El Rancho (2-2). Jesse Canada added 51 yards on the ground and 58 yards receiving and also scored the go-ahead touchdown with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Morningside 57, El Segundo 7
Quarterback Funaki Mateaki scored for four of his team’s eight rushing touchdowns and the Monarchs held the Eagles to 46 yards in the second half at El Segundo.

Heliki Fifita ran 14 times for 69 yards and two touchdowns, including a 10-yard score with 2:12 remaining in the first half, to give Morningside (5-0) a 28-7 halftime lead.

Tyson Hawley completed nine of 24 passes for 91 yards and El Segundo’s only touchdown, a 49-yard pass to Brad Franks midway through the second quarter to pull the Eagles (2-2) to within 22-7. But Morningside intercepted three of the junior’s passes, including two by Robert Thomas.

Morningside’s defense recorded two safeties, blocked two punts and held El Segundo to 20 yards rushing for the game.

Mateaki completed nine of 12 passes for 106 yards and ran eight times for 119 yards as the Monarchs rolled up 378 yards rushing.

Redondo 41, Gardena Serra 6
Kevin Ellison rushed 18 times for 132 yards and two touchdowns and returned an interception 50 yards for another score to lead Redondo (2-2) past visiting Gardena Serra (2-2).

Ridgecrest Burroughs 59, Paraclete 9
Junior quarterback Karsten Sween was 18 of 28 for 280 yards and four touchdowns and senior wide receiver Anthony Celestine caught five passes for 178 yards and three touchdowns and returned a punt 54 yards for a score to lead Ridgecrest Burroughs (4-0) past Paraclete (2-2).

Saddleback Valley Christian 28, Downey Calvary Chapel 6
Brian Harbin carried 34 times for 220 yards and scored three touchdowns for Saddleback Valley Christian (4-1), as Harbin surpassed the 4,000-yard mark in his career. Tim Olkie added a one-yard touchdown run. Calvary Chapel is 1-3.

Santa Fe 46, Bell Gardens 8
Quarterback Danny Banzet was five of seven for 143 yards and two touchdowns and Nathan Kimbrough returned an interception 45 yards for a score to lead Santa Fe (3-1) past visiting Bell Gardens (0-3-1). Kimbrough also caught all five of Banzet’s completions for 143 yards and two touchdowns.

Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 20, Crespi 3
No longer hobbled by a thigh injury, senior linebacker K.C. Croal of Notre Dame showed why he might be the best defensive player in the Mission League, recording a sack, catching a touchdown pass and spearheading a defense that limited the Celts (3-1) to 129 total yards in a nonleague victory before a standing-room only crowd at Crespi High.

Notre Dame (3-1), ranked No. 12 by The Times, got a dominating performance from its offenƒ{sive line, which helped Cary Harris rush for 108 yards in 13 carries and score on an 18-yard run. Brandon Clayton rushed for 96 yards in 16 carrries, including a six-yard touchdown run, and quarterback Garrett Green added 77 yards in 13 carries.

Green, only a sophomore, is one of the fastest quarterbacks in Coach Kevin Rooney’s 23 years at the Sherman Oaks campus. His speed is quickly making the dive option play very difficult for opposing schools to handle.

“We’re trying to find ways for him to run the ball, and eventually we’ll open things up [passing],” Rooney said.

Crespi, which lost for the 10th consecutive time in the series against its Catholic school rival, led, 3-0, after a blocked punt by freshman D.J. Holt and a 24-yard field goal by Sean Sehnem. But Croal continually penetrated into the Crespi backfield on blitzes, disrupting the Celts’ offense and making quarterback Kevin Vollmer run for cover.
--Eric Sondheimer

Sonora 41, Magnolia 21
Mitch Anderson scored three touchdowns for Sonora (3-1). Magnolia is 2-2.

St. Monica 19, Santa Monica 15
Michael Dunn had nine catches for 115 yards and a touchdown and Josh Clarke carried the ball 18 times for 103 yards to lead visiting St. Monica (3-1) past Santa Monica (0-4). Quarterback Mitch Smith was 20 of 31 for 226 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions and David White returned a fumble 80 yards for the Mariners.

Valencia 14, Arroyo Grande 13
Sophomore quarterback Mike Herrick completed 19 of 26 passes for 263 yards and a touchdown to lead the Vikings to a come-from-behind victory in their homecoming game at Canyon Country Canyon High.

Arroyo Grande (4-1) led, 10-0, at halftime, but Valencia (4-0) drove 41 yards in six plays to start the second half. Jeff Bomberger capped the drive with a one-yard touchdown run after returning the second-half kickoff 54 yards.

Arroyo Grande drove to the Valencia 17-yard-line late in the third quarter, but running back Joey Renner was held to a one-yard gain on a fourth-down-and-three play from 18. The No. 23-ranked Vikings then drove 83 yards in eight plays, capped by Herrick’s 13-yard touchdown pass to Chris Wright.

Wright, who made a diving catch on a 19-yard gain the previous play, took a short pass from Herrick and ran the final 10 yards into the end zone behind a convoy of blockers.

Arroyo Grande, which cut its deficit to 14-13 on a 29-yard field goal by Sal Gutierrez with 5:22 left, stopped Valencia on a fourth-and-goal play from its own one-yard line with 2:27 left in the game. But quarterback Kyle Pollock’s Hail Mary pass was intercepted by Geoff Tisdale at the Valencia two-yard line as time expired.

Pollock completed nine of 19 passes for 161 yards, but he was four of 13 for 45 yards in the second half.
--John Ortega

Arrowhead Christian 58, Boron 12
Atascadero 20, Rio Mesa 17
Barstow 31, Hesperia 10
Bloomington 44, Cathedral City 34
Camarillo 23, Buena 7
Canyon Country Canyon 60, Highland 28
Canyon Springs 41, Rubidoux 0
Cerritos 35, Gahr 14
Chaffey 34, Jurupa Valley 0
Chaminade 37, Burbank Burroughs 22
Corona del Mar 28, Cypress 14
Corona Santiago 35, Riverside Poly 28
Covina 13, Diamond Ranch 10
Crescenta Valley 28, La Canada 13
El Monte 24, Hoover 18
Esperanza 49, Cantwell-Sacred Heart 6
Etiwanda 21, Miller 7
Fontana 27, Moreno Valley 26
Glendale 6, Montclair Prep 3
Hemet 9, San Bernardino 6
Hueneme 16, Ventura 12
Kaiser 24, Claremont 14
Laguna Hills 13, Huntington Beach 7
Lancaster 27, Desert 0
Los Altos 44, Ayala 13
Mira Costa 44, West Torrance 21
Montclair 30, Nogales 11
Murrieta Valley 16, Capistrano Valley 13
Norco 28 Alta Loma 7
Norte Vista 28, Perris 18
Northview 48, Rowland 34
Oak Park 48, Rosamond 0
Orange Lutheran 35, Marina 14
Oxnard Pacifica 28, Beverly Hills 7
Palmdale 15, Upland 7
Paso Robles 15, Santa Maria St. Joseph 3
Peninsula 37, Hawthorne 6
Pioneer 29, Baldwin Park 20
Ramona 27, La Sierra 14
Rancho Cucamonga 58, Redlands 21
Rancho Verde 38, Paloma Valley 12
Redlands East Valley 55, Quartz Hill 7
Righetti 20, Dos Pueblos 20
Rim of the World 19, Granite Hills 6
Rosemead 7, San Marino 6
Fairmont Prep 26, Sage Hill 13
San Gabriel 48, Mountian View 0
San Marcos 18, Oxnard 12
Santa Barbara 35, Channel Islands 14
Santa Margarita 28, Fountain Valley 20
Serrano 49, Littlerock 0
Servite 41, Rialto 0
Sherman Indian 6, Twin Pines 0
Silverado 42, Apple Valley 7
St. Bonaventure 41, Saugus 7
St. Francis 21, Pasadena 14
St. John Bosco 38, Downey 0
Torrance 26, Pomona 22
Valley View 35, Temecula Valley 7
Victor Valley 33, Sultana 21
Villa Park 30, Loara 14
Walnut 29, San Dimas 8
Warren 56, Schurr 23
Webb 36, Linfield Christian 29
Western 26, Tustin 18
West Valley 15, King 14


Chaparral 43, San Diego County Ramona 7
Senior quarterback Matt Ticich was 11 of 13 for 284 yards and two touchdowns and wide receiver Mike Blum caught three passes for 152 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown to lead Chaparral (4-0) over San Diego County Ramona. Senior Trey Pierce had four catches for 91 yards and senior running back Ronnie Steele had 86 yards and two touchdowns in 17 carries for Chaparral. Stephon Mitchell added 75 yards and a touchdown in 13 carries to help Chaparral compile 480 yards in offense.

Dominguez 47, Garfield 0
Darryl Crummie rushed for 123 yards in eight carries and two touchdowns and returned an interception 55 yards for another score as the Dons (4-0) won at Garfield. Robert Moody had a seven-yard fumble return for a score and Derrick Walker had four sacks for Dominguez, which held the Bulldogs to 53 yards total offense.

Jefferson 33, Cathedral 20
Running back Travis Lee scored on returns of 78, 43 and 68 yards and again on a 30-yard touchdown run to lead host Jefferson. Jerome Morris also scored on a 45-yard touchdown run and Dayvon Sinclair had 11 tackles and two forced fumbles on defense. Cathedral drops to 3-1.

Paramount 44, Bell 13
Jorge Gaxiola had 72 yards in 13 carries and had a 90-yard touchdown return on a kickoff for Bell (2-1-1). Paramount is 1-3.

St. Paul 17, Wilmington Banning 7
Quarterback Miguel Rios completed six of 11 for 140 yards and two touchdowns for St. Paul (2-2). Phillip Molina had 113 yards on two catches.

Frazier Mountain 36, Firebaugh 28
Imperial 41, CSDR 6
Muir 20, Bakersfield 14
San Diego Midway Baptist 27, Silver Valley 0



Viewpoint 34, Thacher 32
Daniel Wasser rushed for 175 yards and three touchdowns in 42 carries for Viewpoint at Calabasas High.


Lighthouse Christian 52, Cornerstone Christian 0
Lighthouse Christian is 3-0.

Bermuda Dunes Desert Christian 70, Eastside Christian 6
First Lutheran 50, Liberty Christian 12
Maricopa 52, Cuyama Valley 6
Trona 34, Excelsior 12
Peace in the Valley 62, Victor Valley Christian 14

Thursday, Oct. 2


Los Amigos 55, Bolsa Grande 0


Orange 49, Santa Ana 14


Gladstone 49, La Puente 14


Cerritos Valley Christian 9, California 7
Matt Struiksma kicked a 29-yard field goal with six seconds left in the game to give Cerritos Valley Christian (3-1) the win at California (3-2). Mario Parrish’s seven-yard touchdown catch was the only other score for Cerritos Valley Christian.

La Serna 38, Sierra Vista 0
Senior Brandon Fierro had two interceptions and returned one 33 yards for a touchdown to give La Serna (4-0) a 10-0 halftime lead in the win over visiting Sierra Vista (2-2). Senior Ernie Cooper also had an interception for La Serna.

Los Alamitos 37, La Habra 7
Quarterback Jimmy Barnes had a breakout game in his young career and Los Alamitos dominated all phases at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach.

Barnes, a junior, completed 28 of 46 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown. His favorite targets were Orlando Scandrick, who had nine catches for 96 yards and two touchdowns, and Jeremy Childs, who caught eight passes for 53 yards.

In three previous games this season, Barnes had completed 36 of 66 passes for 580 yards. The victory was a statement of sorts for Los Alamitos, the defending Division I champion, which narrowly defeated La Habra last year, 24-20.

Randy Estes set the tone when he returned the opening kickoff 83 yards to the La Habra set up Barnes’ one-yard sneak for a touchdown. The Los Alamitos defense held La Habra to 195 yards, forced four turnovers and sacked La Habra quarterback Daniel Morales seven times. Kicker Brooks Rossman had field goals of 38, 26 and 22 yards.

La Habra’s lone score came on a 78-yard pass play from Morales to Trenton Sakioka that pulled La Habra to within 17-7 with 7:25 left in the second quarter. That and a 45-yard, fourth-quarter drive against the Los Alamitos second string accounted for most of the La Habra offense. La Habra enter Los Alamitos territory only three times.
--Peter Yoon

Mater Dei 6, Edison 0
Neither coach wanted to see Thursday’s game between Santa Ana Mater Dei and Huntington Beach Edison end the way it did.

The Monarchs, ranked No. 25 in the Southland by The Times, stopped Edison running back Joshua Gage inside the one-yard line just before time expired and then watched the final seconds tick off to preserve their 6-0 victory at Santa Ana Stadium.

Afterward, Coach Dave White of No. 15 Edison was livid because his team did not get to call its final timeout after the play, even though White said he gave the head referee instructions to immediately use it if Gage did not score.

“He didn’t give it to us,” said White. “That’s just cheating the kids.”

Mater Dei Coach Bruce Rollinson, who was trying to keep Mater Dei from beginning the season 0-4 for the first time since 1951, also sensed that the game ended prematurely.

“If I’m Dave White, I’m saying, ‘Why didn’t we get one more play?’ ” said Rollinson.

Edison (3-1) moved into position to win after the Monarchs scored a touchdown on Justin Guzman’s 11-yard run with just over five minutes remaining in the game. But the Monarchs mishandled the extra-point attempt, leaving the door open for Edison.

The Chargers had first and goal at the nine with 25 seconds remaining, then were awarded the ball inside the two after a pass interference penalty in the end zone with seven seconds left. Gage then barreled over the right side, but was tackled short of the goal with about two seconds left.

Edison had a chance to score earlier in the fourth quarter after moving the ball to the Mater Dei one-yard line, but running back Abel Cardona fumbled at the goal line and Mater Dei’s Andrew Simmons recovered at the one. The Monarchs then went 99 yards in seven plays to take a 6-0 lead.
--Dan Arritt

Mission Viejo 28, Long Beach Poly 27
Apparently, there is no such thing as going to the well too often.

And, apparently, there is no beating Mission Viejo.

Not only did receiver Marty Tadman throw a touchdown pass in the first half on a double-reverse pass, but with a 31-game winning streak on the line, he did it again in the fourth quarter.

It all came together in a victory over Long Beach Poly, but Tadman’s defense also needed to make a play or two. The Diablos turned away a two-point conversion attempt with 2 minutes 6 seconds left and then held off the Jackrabbits after they recovered the ensuing onside kick.

The game pitted two Southern Section and state powers. Mission Viejo (4-0) is ranked No. 2 by The Times and No. 3 in the state. Poly (2-2) is ranked No. 4 by The Times, No. 14 in the state.

Mission Viejo won its 32nd consecutive game, tying Huntington Beach Edison (1979-81) for the longest winning streak in Orange County history. At 32 games, it is the fifth longest in section history.

“Nobody in the streak can say they beat Poly,” said Tadman, who completed both of his passes, for touchdowns of 36 yards to Jed Collins for the Diablos’ first score and 15 yards to quarterback Mark Sanchez with 5:08 left. He also caught four passes for 79 yards. “We’re not going to play another team like Poly, with those athletes. To know that we can beat a team with that speed and that size”

Tadman, a backup quarterback last season, gave the Diablos a 28-21 lead with his pass to Sanchez, but Mission Viejo eventually found itself punting from its end zone. Derrick Jones’ 19-yard return gave Poly possession at the 18.

Anthony Torrell Baker, who rushed 20 times for 108 yards and two touchdowns, scored three plays later on a four-yard run. With 2:06 left and trailing by one, the Jackrabbits went for a two-point conversion. The ball went to Baker, who was trying to sweep around right end, just as he had done successfully all night. One difference this time: Chase Moline tackled him by the ankles.

Poly was successful with its onside kick, but Nick Reed tackled Poly quarterback Cruz Parsons on third- and fourth-down plays.

Poly had its chances. Twice Poly got inside the five-yard line, but only got three points out of it, a 20-yard field goal by Nathan Smith.

Smith also missed a 23-yarder. Another time, the Jackrabbits reached the 14, only to have Nick Grothjan intercept a Parsons pass. It was critical, because on the next play, Moline shook off three defenders on his way to an 88-yard score.

“I’ll take luck any day,” Mission Viejo Coach Bob Johnson said. “This was one of the best football games I’ve ever been associated with.”
--Martin Henderson

Burbank 21, Gabrielino 14
Chino Hills 45, St. Anthony 0
Don Lugo 7, Arlington 0
Irvine 45, Temescal Canyon 21
Katella 24, Sunny Hills 20
La Serna 38, Sierra Vista 0
Placentia Valencia 25, Tesoro 13
Riverside North 38, Eisenhower 21
South Hills 38, Ontario 0
Westminster 32, Garden Grove 6


Hart 45, Birmingham 22
Quarterback Sean Norton threw for a career-high 396 yards and three touchdowns as the Indians shook off three close losses to notch their first win of the season at College of the Canyons.

Hart (1-3), The Times’ ninth-ranked team, opened the season with losses to Los Alamitos, Ventura St. Bonaventure and Westlake Village Westlake. Norton made sure there wouldn’t be a fourth against the defending City Section champions as he completed 21 of 28 passes while also running for a touchdown.

Evan Surratt caught seven passes for 158 and two touchdowns while Kevin Ciccone caught seven passes for 121 yards and a score. Surratt’s 30-yard scoring grab gave the Indians a comfortable 31-14 lead.

In a prolific first half, Hart outgained Birmingham in total yardage, 306-281, but made key defensive plays in the second quarter to take a 24-14 lead into intermission.

With the Patriots driving in Indian territory, Ciccone intercepted an Andrew Miramontes pass to quell the threat. Birmingham got the ball back and drove to the Hart 24 but Darin Hetman sacked Miramontes on third down.

The Patriots took a 14-7 first-quarter lead on short touchdown runs by Brian Stuart and Bryan Baylor but Hart bounced back with a 39-yard touchdown pass from Norton to Surratt. Ciccone’s 26-yard field goal gave the Indians the lead for good.
--Eric Stephens

Monday, Sept. 29



Viewpoint 71, L.A. Lutheran 36
Daniel Wasser had 254 yards and five touchdowns in 22 carries and Geoff Chizever completed 10 of 17 passes for 214 and three touchdowns for Viewpoint (3-0, 1-0), which led, 35-12, at halftime. Kelly Johnson had 262 yards and five touchdowns in 24 carries for host L.A. Lutheran (0-3, 0-1).