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The Freshman Chargers opened up Sea View League play with an impressive 37-7 victory over the Aliso Niguel Wolverines. The Chargers took the opening drive and marched 67 yards on 7 plays. Dylan Reynolds went 4-4 on the drive including an 18-yard touchdown pass. On the ensuing kick-off the Chargers special teams forced a fumble and Milo Pina recovered the ball at the Wolverines 19-yard line. Two plays later the Chargers found the paint again as Connor Kentros ran it in from 10 yards out for his second touchdown on the day. Kentros banged his way across the goal line for the two-point conversion making the score 14-0. The hard hitting Chargers defense forced a safety on the next Wolverine drive to make the score 16-0. Starting the second quarter the big boys upfront simply dominated the game in the trenches. The offensive line of Tyson Chavez, Daniel Estada, Nathan Hollenbaugh, Jaden Meija, and Tyler Davies were opening huge holes all day long for the Charger running backs. Early in the second quarter Mike Brown sprinted 19 yards for the Chargers third score of the day. After Raul Franco’s kick the Chargers took a commanding 23-0 lead.
The El Toro defense was suffocating all day long. Milo Pina led the D with a couple of bone jarring hits as they did not allow a Wolverine first down until mid-way through the fourth quarter. The front seven were equally as dominating throughout the contest.
Jolliffe added two touchdown runs in the second quarter to give the Chargers a 37-0 halftime lead.
The Chargers still turned the ball over twice and will need to clean that up going forward but this was the most complete performance since week #1 of the season. The Chargers will be on the road next week as they travel to Capo Valley for another Sea View League tilt.
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.
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. Jolliffe 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 Chargers D-Line was led by #44 Spurgeon Loomis who had multiple sacks and forced many QB hurries as his furious pass rush presented problems for the Diablo quarterbacks.