O.C.: Five things from the weekend

September, 19, 2011
9/19/11
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1. Now we see how deep top-ranked Servite is. The Friars suffered a big injury when their leading rusher, Charlie Etiaki, suffered a broken collarbone in a 24-16 victory over La Habra. Now, the likelihood is that Andrew Moore will have to step in, and Sean DeRosa will have to step up. Coincidentally, a year ago there were several injuries to the running back position that resulted in Malik Felton moving from slot receiver to tailback, and Felton became one of the Southern Section's most dynamic performers. Could history repeat?

2. Maybe Laguna Beach is for real. The Breakers (2-0) aren't likely to challenge the elite teams in Orange County, but they put up some more big numbers with a potent ground attack under first-year coach Mike Churchill. The Breakers faced another Southern Division team and scored a 73-40 victory over Ocean View, one week after beating Claremont Webb, 55-7. Drake Martinez rushed for 313 yards and scored five touchdowns, on runs of 48, 59, 65 and 60 yards, and an interception return of 39 yards; among his eight TDs this season, the shortest is 18 yards. The Breakers totaled 503 yards on the ground after rushing for 579 against Webb. In all, there were 13 touchdowns in the Ocean View game scored from 25 yards or more, and 10 from 39 yards or more. Next week, the Breakers play host to Bishop Montgomery.

3. There's something to be said for Mater Dei's two losses in two games, to Carson, 26-22, and Corona Centennial, 28-20. Both games went to the final seconds before the outcome was settled. It just goes to show that all records are not created equal. You learn something from being challenged, and these games are putting the Monarchs on the fast-track in preparation for the Trinity League gauntlet. They began last season 0-2, then walloped undefeated San Clemente and eventually reached the Pac-5 semifinals. Next week, Mater Dei plays undefeated San Clemente.

4. Two of the marquee girls' volleyball programs in the state faced each other Saturday, and the Battle of the Bay didn't disappoint as Corona del Mar defeated Newport Harbor, 25-27, 25-22, 25-20, 25-19. Adding to the flavor of the emotional evening was the Sailors warming up in shirts that said "We run this town." It added further motivation—as if that was needed—for CdM, which was led by freshman Hayley Hodson, Grace Kennedy and Nikki Borchard. Newport Coach Dan Glenn told the Daily Pilot of the shirts, "I wasn't real happy with that. I knew nothing about those shirts. That one's on my seniors." The battle between rival schools goes to the gridiron on Friday when Newport (0-2) faces CdM (3-0). Newport has won the last four meetings, but is off to an 0-2 start for the first time in Jeff Brinkley's 25 seasons as head coach.

5. Mater Dei won the Santa Barbara Invitational water polo tournament with a 13-7 victory over Agoura. Jon Walters led Mater Dei with four goals after the Monarchs beat Loyola in the semifinals. San Clemente, JSerra and Woodbridge and also won tournament titles. In a nonleague match among heavy hitters, Newport Harbor's Farrel South scored five goals and Sam Edson scored with one second remaining for an 11-10 victory over Coronado.

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