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By NATHAN PERCY
OC VARSITY STAFF WRITER
LAKE FOREST – Mission Viejo quarterback Matt McDonald and wide receiver Austin Osborne didn’t want people to forget just how dangerous a combination they can be when they’re in sync.
Feeling as if the Diablos’ aerial attack had been lacking over the past three weeks, the two came into Friday night’s nonleague matchup against El Toro ready to prove themselves.
There was no denying the chemistry between the two in the first half against El Toro. Osborne hauled in six passes from McDonald for 222 yards and five touchdowns as No. 2 Mission Viejo rolled to a 55-14 victory over the No. 22 Chargers.
“We were a little off the last three games and we knew that,” McDonald said. “We expect better of ourselves. This was a great bounce-back game.”
McDonald completed 12 of 21 passes for 358 yards and seven total touchdowns. After giving up a touchdown to El Toro on the Chargers’ opening drive, Mission Viejo’s defense held the Chargers to 24 yards for the remainder of the first half.
The Diablos’ defensive front held El Toro to 22 rushing yards in the first half and 52 total, which put pressure on quarterback Cooper Jones to move the ball downfield.
Cornerback Akili Arnold intercepted Jones twice in the first half. Both turnovers led to touchdowns late in the first half for the Diablos.
“I told them, they could come out in that first series like anyone can, and we needed to be ready,” Diablos coach Bob Johnson said. “Sure enough, (El Toro) did what I told them. They didn’t like that prediction, but it worked out.”
El Toro (1-5) marched 69 yards for a TD on nine plays as Jones hit Steven Castaneda for an 11-yard TD.
But McDonald and Osborne could not be stopped in the first half. McDonald hit Osborne for a 6-yard score on Mission Viejo’s first drive to tie the score, 7-7.
Osborne navigated the Chargers’ secondary, finding himself with plenty of room to catch passes. McDonald also connected with the junior receiver for touchdown passes of 69, 26, 7 and 71 yards.
“We looked at the defense and the safeties were only 8 yards off,” Osborne said. “We looked at each other and said let’s do this. It feels good to get back into it.”
McDonald’s final first-half TD went to Olaijah Griffin for 34 yards as time expired, giving Mission Viejo (6-0) a 42-7 halftime lead. McDonald hit Christian Lavalle for a 35-yard score on the first drive of the second half before sitting the remainder of the game.
Jones threw a 7-yard TD pass to Austin Derrico late in the third. Mission Viejo responded with a 16-yard TD pass from Christian Kovnesky to Steven Munoz.
“I think we’re improving each week,” Johnson said. “They’ve had a few setbacks, but these are high school kids, they always do.“
Mission Viejo opens South Coast League play at Tesoro next week. El Toro will open Sea View League play at home against Aliso Niguel.
Freshman Charger Logan Jolliffe threw for a TD on a halfback pass to Gus Pina to tie the game at 7 in the first quarter against the Diablos. After that the day went downhill. Joliffe was the lone spark on offense as he threw for a TD and ran for another. El Toro coming off another bye week continued its lack of ability to take care of the football. Ball security has been a problem that they have not figured out all season as they enter league play winless. It is time for El Toro to dig deep, show some will, and right the ship. There is no doubt they have the ability to compete each week but let’s all see if they will find the fire to compete for all four quarters as they open the Sea View League with a match up against Aliso Niguel at home next Thursday.
The El Toro football team put it all together Friday night at Chargers Stadium and defeated the Hilltop Lancers 49-12. The Lancers came in 3-1 and were off to a good start in 2016, but they into a hungry and determined El Toro team. Hilltop received the opening kick, but the ET defense forced the Lancers to punt after a quick 3 and out. The Charger offense took over on their own 17 yard line. The Charger offense immediately put together a 6 play drive for a TD. ET led 7-0 and never looked back.
As the first half progressed it was clear the El Toro defense was on a mission. The physical play and hard hitting Chargers shut out the Lancers for most of the evening. The defense was led by senior linebacker AJ Aguilar who finished with 12 tackles ( As well as 2 rushing TD’s on offense) and senior linebacker Tyler Romo who finished with 8 tackles, 2 QB Sacks and a Hurry. Sam Whipple (Soph) had 7 tackles, Patrick Kotnik had 6, and Jacob Williams (Sr), Noah Aguilar (Jr) and Andrew Aguilar(Sr) added 5 tackles each. All in all there were 20 different Chargers with tackles in this game.
On offense the Chargers scored 35 1st half points and a quick 14 points early in the third quarter to start the 2nd half which sealed the game. Marcus Blevins, AJ Aguilar, and Steven Castaneda carried the football with Blevins and Aguilar scoring 2 TD’s each. The front 5 on the offensive line of Conrad Frick, Dominick Vasquez, Kevin Frum (who also played some Middle Linebacker), Ben Chretin, and Kyle Whitesides opened big holes for the running backs and provided excellent pass protection all game. Wide receiver Austin Derrico had a 49 yard TD catch, and a beautiful one handed grab for another 35 yard gain. Derrico finished with 113 yards and 149 all purpose yards. Noah Aguilar had 112 Yards receiving including a 89 yard TD catch in which he raced down the middle of the field outrunning Lancer defenders all the way to the end zone. Steven Castaneda finished with 6 catches, and Chris Sawaya with 4. Alex Baha had a TD when he caught a 16 yard pass from junior QB Cooper Jones. Jones finished 17 for 21 for 348 yards and 3 TD’s. Matthew Freem, the Jr. ET kicker was straight the true with his left leg and was 7 for 7 on PAT’s.
El Toro gets back to work in practice this week and they get ready to play Mission Viejo Friday night at home.
The Charger Freak show, made up of the El Toro Student Body dressed in wild and outlandish ET gear and face paint, made their debut Friday night at the first home game of the season, and took away the SOCAL SIDELINES award for best Student Section in the County. Congratulations to the EL Toro Student Body for carrying on the tradition of insanely energetic and loyal Chargers fans, and for being tops in OC! Let’s do it again this Friday night!
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.