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The freshman Chargers defense came up with two key fourth quarter interceptions which helped propel them to their second Sea View League victory of the season. The Chargers, 2-1 in league play, entered the fourth quarter tied 14-14. With under six minutes left in the contest #15 Nick Manske came up with his biggest interception of the season setting up the Charger offense on their own 45-yard line. Consecutive runs off left tackle by #80 Logan Jolliffe pushed the ball to Dolphins 25-yard line. Three plays later ET found themselves with a fourth and one from the 16-yard line. #8 Connor Kentros took the snap from wildcat quarterback and dashed down to the one-yard line setting up first and goal. Two plays later Kentros hit pay dirt to give El Toro the lead with 3:20 left to go. The Dolphins tried to march down the field to tie the score but Kentros picked off the Dolphin quarterback to end any hopes of a comeback. The Chargers look to close out league play next week at home vs Laguna Hills.
By NATHAN PERCY – OC VARSITY STAFF WRITER
MISSION VIEJO – Capistrano Valley’s athletic defense has been so consistent that holding opponents to a touchdown or less may start to become an expectation for Cougars coach Ernie Bucher.
In a game featuring two of the county’s top five quarterbacks in passing yards, the Cougars’ defense made it a one-sided affair, riding four interceptions to a 41-7 rout of El Toro in a Sea View League game at Capistrano Valley High.
The Cougars’ offense rewarded the defense’s efforts by turning three of the five takeaways into 17 points.
“We were confident coming in,” Cougars cornerback Justin Burk said. “We weren’t expecting 41-7, but we knew we could win this game if we executed.”
Capistrano Valley (7-1, 2-0) came into the game having given up 7.1 points per game through its first seven contests. After El Toro quarterback Cooper Jones hit Austin Derrico for a 48-yard score to open the scoring, the Cougars secondary caused traffic.
“We were able to control what they were doing with a great game plan and great execution,” Bucher said. “They’ve been relentless all year.”
First, it was Ryan Schurmer hauling in a tipped pass by Derrico. That led to a 10-play, 60-yard drive and a 5-yard touchdown run by Cougars’ quarterback Kevin Brown to tie the score at 7-7.
Then it was Brock Ricci cutting off a receiver late in the second quarter as El Toro (2-6, 1-1) was marching in the red zone. That led to an Andre Vera 1-yard TD run just before halftime as Capo led, 28-7.
Tommy Dickman picked off Jones early in the third quarter and later came up with a fumble recovery, which led to a Clay Eggeman field goal.
Finally, Burk provided double coverage on Derrico on a deep pass down the sideline and provided the fourth interception. Jones finished 16 of 36 for 202 yards.
Meanwhile, it was smooth sailing for Brown, who completed 26 of 37 passes for 320 yards and a TD. Michael Dyer was the beneficiary, hauling in nine passes for 174 yards and racking up plenty of yards after missed tackles, including his 59-yard TD reception in the second quarter.
Riley Kasper also caught nine passes for 119 yards and a touchdown off a trick-play pass from Nathan Manning.
“Kevin played fantastic, he was in full control tonight,” Bucher said. “He took what they gave him and the receivers made big plays.”
The win puts Capistrano Valley in the driver’s seat for a Sea View League title with Aliso Niguel and Dana Hills still to come.
The freshman El Toro Chargers spotted the undefeated Cougars an 18-point lead in league play Thursday. The Chargers finally woke up and ran off 26 unanswered points to take a 26-18 lead in the fourth quarter behind three touchdown passes from Dylan Reynolds. The first was to Connor Kentros and the next two were to Logan Jolliffe. The Chargers had the momentum but the Cougars came up with a long touchdown pass to tie the game at 26 midway through the fourth quarter. The Cougars would add two more scores to close out the Chargers hopes 40-26. The Chargers will be on the road next week at Dana Hills.
El Toro Football honored our senior players before their game against Aliso Niguel on October 7th, 2016. The tribute to the Charger seniors preceded a 63-28 victory over the Wolverines. To view a video of the tribute to these Chargers players visit the ET football website at www.etfootball.com or use the below link:
Chargers are forever!!
Friday night El Toro was honored to have Ayden Elsasser as a team captain. Ayden has courageously fought against cancer since he was 7 years old and has made a commitment to Never Ever Give Up (NEGU). Inspired by the Jessie Rees Foundation Ayden has persevered and taken up the call of NEGU. Friday night in El Toro’s victory against the Wolverines, Ayden walked the field as a captain with Kevin Frum (C,LB), Tyler Romo (LB), AJ Aguilar (LB), and Conrad Frick (OT) for the coin flip on Senior Night. It was a tribute to Ayden’s character and to let him him know that El Toro football stands firmly beside him and his whole family.
To view the pregame coin flip use the below link for visit the www.etfootball.com homepage:
Go Chargers and Go Ayden!