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Ryan Cote (#42) was one of Chargers that made life difficult all day long for the Laguna Hills quarterbacks.
The ET Freshman and the Laguna Hills Hawks started this Sea View League contest with scores on each of their opening drives. The Chargers jumped on top with a 43-yard touchdown by Logan Jolliffe and Laguna’s first offensive play went for 78 yards to make the score 7-6 Hawks. ET took its second offensive possession and marched 75 yards down the field as Connor Kentros found the end zone to make the score 14-7. The game was starting to look like whoever had the ball last was going to win. That’s when the Chargers defense took it upon themselves to defend “Our House”. The defense had many stars on this day including the play of defensive end #14 Anthony Moran as he was in the Hawks backfield all day long. Mike Linebacker #7 Milo Pina was laying some big hits and the Chargers secondary was lock down as ET took a 21-7 lead into halftime. The Chargers kicked off to open the second half and on the Hawks second play from scrimmage #2 Drake Martin picked off a pass and took it to the house! After #10 Adam Vilte kicked the extra point the Chargers took a 28-7 lead. ET added one more score by Niko Antoniou to make the final 34-7. With the victory the Chargers secured second place (3-1) in the Sea View League. The Chargers will have one more non-league game next Wednesday at San Juan Hills.
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.
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