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Blake Murphy, former El Toro wide receiver from the 2011 and 2012 seasons, has earned a full football scholarship to Baylor University this year. Murphy was an integral part of the Charger’s high octane offense that overwhelmed opponents with a fast tempo and laser sharp passing attack. Connor Manning, who is now at Georgia St, was the QB who delivered the football to Murphy, and in the two years they worked together Murphy amassed over 1700 yards receiving and scored 17 touchdowns. For those who saw him play for the Blue and Gold they will remember a fearless 5 foot 9 inch, 150 pound frame (at that time) inside of his #18 jersey, with hands so talented the football only had to be in range of his touch. Blake was a courageous route runner, who would take himself into traffic in the middle of the field to make catches while knowingly sacrificing himself. For Murphy it was team before self. Blake was part of a magnificent receiver corps that included, Alec Schoffeitt, DC Collins, Cody White and himself.
Murphy has always been a team first player. His enthusiasm and dedication to the game carried over to his current collegiate career at Baylor University. As a Bear, Murphy won over his coaches with his attitude and commitment and this year had the honor to gain a full scholarship. The El Toro family couldn’t be more proud!
Blake Murphy has carried the Charger tradition forward in football, but far more importantly in life as he lives with a depth of character, faith and conviction that are the true mark of a man. El Toro Nation is proud of our #18. We wish him the best in his senior season!!
Blake Murphy Statistics from the 2011 & 2012 Seasons
B. Murphy (Sr) 11 59 938 15.90 85.3 83 11
B. Murphy (Jr) 14 67 821 12.25 58.6 47 6
EL TORO STADIUM – Lake Forest, CA
September 1, 2017
The Chargers burst forth from the tunnel at EL Toro Stadium Friday night, totally unaffected and unfazed by the heat and humidity. From the opening kick-off they took the fight to the El Dorado Hawks and controlled them in all 3 phases of the game. When the final gun sounded El Toro had put together a resounding 66-21 win.
The ET defense set the tone of the game early by forcing a quick 3 and out on the Hawks first possession. They shut down the Hawks running game and had El Dorado QB Jack Strouse on the run for most of night intercepting him twice: one by Jake Landry, and the other a pick 6 by Alex Baha who had a nice run up the visitors sideline ticks for the touchdown. Sam Whipple and Charles Poderoso, who started as sophomores last year, and Noah Aguilar, Austin Derrico, Baha and Landry anchor a new group of Chargers starters who have stepped in and played outstanding football. Two games into the season the character of this defense is showing, and they are executing Coach Mayoral’s system well.
The Chargers didn’t take long to get on the scoreboard when the defense got them the football. After a long punt return by Noah Aguilar put the football deep into El Dorado territory, Cooper Jones connected with him for a 12 yard touchdown. Matt Freem converted the PAT for a 7-0 lead. Jones finished 20-29 for 302 yards and 5 TD’s, and Aguilar finished with 3 TD catches. Shane McLaughlin had 2 touchdown catches: one was a front pylon shot, and the other a leaping grab in the end zone. Running the football and scoring on rushing TD’s were Running Backs Steven Castaneda, Julian Bruce, and Jake Landry. Castaneda and Bruce carried the rushing load behind the Front 5 of Kyle Whitesides, Dominick Vasquez, August Clark, Troy Teofilo, and Patrick Davis. Matt Freem was perfect on 9 PAT’s, drilled a 25 yard field goal, and stuck a couple of kickoff’s into the endzone just for good measure.
The on-field temperature at kick-off was over 100 degrees, but the field wasn’t the only thing that was hot Thursday afternoon as the freshman Chargers played with the hot hand and dominated this football contest at Chargers Stadium in front of their home crowd. The margin of victory was big, and had the game not been stopped after the 3rd quarter due to lightning in the area, it may have been bigger.
Every player on the Charger squad contributed to their success as the team clicked on offense, defense and special teams. It all came together under Head Coach/DC BJ Parsons, OC Scott Tinsley and Coach Tisdale whose hard work and excellent training and knowledge paid off in a great performance.
On offense the running game and passing game were balanced and extremely effective as most drives finished with scores. Credit the offensive line for laying the foundation for the receivers and runnings backs and giving our QB’s time to throw. And the defense swarmed the football and hit hard. The physical nature of the Chargers play on that side of the football clearly set the tone and some of the Hawks got a bit chippy because of it.
With a 1 and 1 record we look forward to next Thursday when the Chargers will play host to Corona Del Mar at 3:15. Let’s get El Toro nation out in force for this freshman game again.
Attention El Toro Football Families: Photographs of our last game are posted and ready to view. Future games will continue to post as the season progresses. For those who don’t know, Debbie Braasch has been doing her stunning photography at El Toro football games for a number of years. She is an integral part of our El Toro family and a phenomenal artist with the camera.
You can visit her website at the link below to view last Friday nights pictures :
Also, as the season progresses, you can use the below link and then select any game you wish:
Thank you Debbie and Go Chargers!
El Toro battles to the end, but falls short against Green Valley 42-35 after a 4th quarter rally saw them tie the score at 35.
The full OC Varsity Game Story Link below:
We are proud of our Chargers who played every snap with heart. Friday the Chargers play El Dorado at home wth a 7:00pm kick-off.