Mission Viejo (13-0) will take a 25-game win streak into its West Valley Division championship game against host Vista Murrieta (12-1) on Friday night.
Coach Bob Johnson is seeking his eighth section title in a career that has seen his teams at Mission Viejo and previously El Toro win more than 300 games.
This season has been truly special for him because his grandson, Brock, has been the team’s quarterback guiding the Diablos through the ups and downs associated with any football season.
“Our players are very together,” Johnson said. “They like each other.”
There’s also plenty of top academic players. Carter Hartmann, a standout defensive tackle, has a 4.7 grade-point average and is headed to Harvard.
Mission Viejo is known for its physical play on defense. Vista Murrieta is known for making big plays on offense and with special teams.
This will likely be the final season both teams get to play in the West Valley Division. Both are expected to move to a revamped Pac-5 or Division 1 if a proposal passes next month to place teams in playoff divisions based on past performance and not based on what league they play in.
Vista Murrieta is playing in its seven consecutive final. So it’s a great opportunity for either team to come away champions.
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