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The El Toro Chargers and Tesoro Titans tangled in a physical football contest Friday night at Charger Stadium. When time ran out in the fourth quarter Tesoro ended up on top, 25-21.
El Toro opened the game with an impressive 7 play drive that culminated in a TD when Cooper Jones found Austin Derrico in the back of the end zone for the score and a 7-0 lead. On the drive the Chargers were 4 for 4 in the air including an opening play leaping grab by Shane McLaughlin on the right sideline for a 35 yard gain. McLaughlin finished with 2 catches for 52 yards before the junior WR was forced to leave the game with an injury.
Tesoro scratched their way back to take a 10-7 lead early in the 2nd quarter with a 5 yard rush for a TD, followed by another Titan possession that resulted in a field goal.
However, the El Toro defense changed the momentum of the game back in El Toro’s favor with a key 3rd and 1, and 4th and 1 stop on consecutive tackles by AJ Aguilar. The Charger offense took that momentum and on the next play from scrimmage Jones hit Noah Aguilar over the middle. who then broke into the clear for a 57 yard TD. That put the Chargers back on top 14-10. El Toro’s defense stopped the Titans again, and running back Marcus Blevins, who carried the ball 24 times for 88 rushing yards on the night, followed a lead block by senior center Kevin Frum on the right side, found daylight, and scampered 48 yards for the touchdown extending the ET lead to 21-10.
Tesoro slowly clawed their way back into the game in the 2nd half, taking the lead back with 8 minutes to go. El Toro had 2 final drives but could not get what they needed.
The Chargers defense was relentless in the Titans backfield, holding the Titans to 30 yards rushing on 24 carries. El Toro’s defense, which had an interception by Sam Whipple, also made it tough for quarterbacks Chase Petersen and Aaron Angelos, who combined to complete 15 of 37 passes. Whipple’s INT came when Tyler Romo heavily pressured the Tesoro QB and made him hurry his throw before being sacked. Andrew Aguilar played big on the defensive line and had 6 tackles. AJ Aguilar and Jacob Williams led the Chargers with 7 each, and Charles Poderoso had 5. Robert Brandenburg had a couple of tackles and a sack.
On offense Austin Derrico finished with 8 catches for 142 yards, and Aguilar had 7 catches for 119 yards. Then big men up front who battle in the trenches on offense, Conrad Frick, Kyle Whitesides, Kevin Frum, Dominick Vasquez, Ben Chretin, and Andrew Aguilar made up an offensive line that created running room for running backs Blevins and Ricky Silva who combined for 100 yards rushing. Cooper Jones was 24-45 passing for 335 yards and 2 TD’s.
“El Toro is very good,” Tesoro Head Coach Matt Poston said. “To get a win here is huge.”
Next Friday the Chargers play host to Hilltop High School from San Diego.
The El Toro Freshman were in a battle yesterday afternoon defending their home turf. The Tesoro Titans were in town and after they took a 7-0 lead Dylan Reynolds hit Connor Kentros for a 43-strike to move the beloved Chargers within one after the two-point conversion failed. On the ensuing drive the Chargers defense stiffened and forced a three and out. Milo Pena partially blocked the Tesoro punt and ET was in business on the Tesoro 32-yard line. The Chargers offense who moved the ball very well all day was not able to convert the good field position into points. The Titans took a 14-6 lead and then El Toro went on an impressive march. Starting a drive on its on 28-yard line Steven Gutierrez connected with Kentros for a 32-yard gain to the Tesoro 40-yard line. Mike Brown had two impressive runs behind the downhill blocking of ET’s O-Line that pushed the ball inside the redzone. As the second quarter started Gutierrez hit Logan Jolliffe on a swing pass that put the ball first and goal from the Tesoro 4-yard line. On fourth down the Chargers pass went incomplete and Tesoro took over on downs. Both defenses stiffened as they forced punts on the next four possessions. Tesoro then struck to take a 21-6 lead. The Chargers again got the ball back and marched right down into the Titans redzone but were unable to convert the drive into points as the half ended. Tesoro took the opening second half drive and scored to increase their lead to 28-6. The Chargers offense again marched right down the field mixing in some timely completions and impressive runs that put ET back into the Titans redzone. The Chargers turned the ball over on a fluky play that gave the Titans the ball back on their own 42-yard line. Tesoro was able to convert the turnover into point to make it 35-6. Each team added another score and final was 42-12. The score was certainly not indicative of how well the Chargers played and close the game was. The Chargers are definitely making big strides as they head into league play in the coming weeks.
September 10, 2016 12:06 AM
By STEVE FRYER
STAFF WRITER – OC VARSITY
COSTA MESA – Corona del Mar’s offense has Chase Garbers’ great arm, an outstanding group of receivers and a heck of an offensive line.
Those three components came together Friday for Corona del Mar in a 42-13 win over El Toro in a nonleague game at Estancia High.
Garbers threw for 344 yards and four touchdowns. Garbers, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior who committed to Cal, also ran for two touchdowns. Junior receiver Tae Le had nine receptions for 234 yards and three touchdowns, including a short sideline pass he turned into an 88-yard scoring sprint.
Corona del Mar, ranked No. 14 in Orange County and No. 6 in CIF-Southern Section Division 4, is 2-1. The Sea Kings lost their season opener at Palos Verdes, 42-20, then got a 31-13 win last week at Los Gatos.
El Toro is 0-3. The Chargers, No. 20 in the Orange County top 25, lost earlier to La Habra and at Eastlake of Chula Vista.
Garbers and Sea Kings coach Dan O’Shea credited the offensive line of Colston Chacon, Arwin Rahmatpanah, Sean Owens, Bryan Samudo and Denham King for helping all of that scoring happen.
“Tae and Chase look great,” O’Shea said. “But it all starts up front.”
Corona del Mar scored 14 points in the first, second and third quarters. The Sea Kings had a 28-0 lead in the second quarter and took a 42-6 lead into the fourth.
They scored their first touchdown on their second possession. Garbers connected with Le on a 68-yard touchdown pass. Le caught the ball near midfield, skipped over the fallen defensive back who vied with him for the ball then ran the rest of the way for the six points.
The Sea Kings recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff at El Toro’s 22-yard line and quickly converted. Garbers, rolling right, tossed 12 yards to Le who made a leaping catch and just managed to get a foot in the end zone. That made it 14-0.
Corona del Mar pushed the lead to 21-0 early in the second quarter when Garbers scored on a 5-yard run. Later in the quarter, Garbers dropped back before taking off on a 15-yard touchdown run on which he did a tuck-and-roll, high-jump move to get into the end zone for a 28-0 lead.
El Toro scored with 37 seconds left in the second quarter on quarterback Cooper Jones’ 18-yard pass to Noah Aguilar.
The Sea Kings’ two third-quarter TDs were on an 11-yard pass from Garbers to Reese Perez and Le’s 88-yard score.
El Toro got a late touchdown on a 70-yard run by Marcus Blevins.
Corona del Mar’s next game is against Newport Harbor at Orange Coast College on Friday – the Battle of the Bay. Newport Harbor has a 38-16 lead in the series, although Corona del Mar won the game last year, 24-3, and has defeated Newport Harbor three years in a row.
El Toro plays at home against Tesoro next Friday.
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El Toro fell 41-21 to the Eastlake Titans in Chula Vista. El Toro had stretches in the game where everything was clicking, but those stretches were short circuited one way or another. In spite of this, the Chargers on offense moved the ball effectively for large portions of the game, but were limited to 3 touchdown passes. El Toro, trailing 21-7 at the half, pulled to within a touchdown twice, and almost yet again a third time before being turned away on the Eastlake 2 yard line. A score at that point would have cut the Titan lead to 6 with plenty of time remaining in the 4th quarter. The Titans tacked on late scores, but the game was much closer than the final score indicated.
Defensively the Chargers made tackles for losses and would place Eastlake’s offense in difficult positions, but the Titans were able to find a way to make a big play when they needed it. AJ Aguilar led the team with 11 tackles, 3 for losses and was flying to the football all game. Defensive lineman Andrew Aguilar was in the backfield often, and forced a fumble that was recovered by Noah Aguilar on the first Eastlake drive of the second half. Andrew finished unofficially with 5 tackles. Chris Sawaya had 5 1/2 tackles himself and was active making plays. DE’s Robert Brandenburg and Jeremiah Allen finished with 8 tackles and Brandenburg forced a fumble that Eastlake was fortunate to fall on. Artie Varela had multiple tackles including 1 for a loss and a clutch break-up of a Titan pass on 3rd down. Multiple tackles were also turned in by Patrick Kotnik and Jacob Williams, 1 for a loss of yardage by Kotnik.
The Offensive Line did an outstanding job once again providing time to throw and allowing the offense to accumulate 385 yards in the air. Senior Center Kevin Frum (who also played linebacker), Tackles Conrad Frick and Kyle Whitesides, along with Guards Dominick Vasquez and Angel Rodriguez were rock solid up front in pass protection against a big Eastlake defensive line. Football is a big man’s game and these Chargers in the trenches played well as a unit. Wide Receiver Austin Derrico finished with 8 catches on the night, including 3 TD’s for 152 receiving yards and he also had another bundle of return yards on special teams. Noah Aguilar had a huge game with 10 receptions for 153 yards, and had a diving interception on defense as he undercut a receiver for the pick (Noah also added a fumble recovery on defense for good measure). Ricky Silva caught the ball 7 times and carried it 11 times for 60 plus yards including a nice burst up the sidelines after a catch for a 23 yard pick up. Marcus Blevins averaged over 5 yards a carry and had big first down scamper to keep a drive alive in the second half. Shane McLaughlin returned an Eastlake kick-off 75 yards to the Titan 10 and added 4 catches. Chris Sawaya also had a nice reception in traffic. QB Cooper Jones finished 31 of 53 for 385 yards, 3 TD’s and 1 INT and spread the football around to the Charger receivers. In the kicking game, Matthew Freem hit his PAT’s and handled all of the kick-off and punt game duties this week.
Next Friday, September 9th, the Chargers look to put it all together against Corona Del Mar. They will be on the road. Check the schedule on www.etfootball.com for details
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