Tuesday, October 25, 2011
O.C.: Five things from the weekend
1. A week after a stunning fourth quarter comeback -- down 28-0 -- Aliso Niguel might have had El Toro right where it wanted. Well, not really. The Wolverines were no match for El Toro, which scored 27 points in less than six minutes in the second quarter en route to a 47-0 Sea View League victory. Jacob Furnari and Conner Manning led the way for El Toro (7-1, 2-0). Furnari had 20 carries for 286 yards -- more than half of the 534 he had gained though the first six games -- and three touchdowns; Manning completed 12 of 20 passes for 209 yards and four touchdowns. Aliso (5-2, 1-1), which was ranked No. 10 in the Southwest Division going into the game, isn't ranked now. El Toro is ranked No. 5, but another Sea View team, Laguna Hills (6-0, 1-0), is No. 4. Don't let the rankings throw you; El Toro is the team to beat. They play in the season finale on Nov. 11.
2. Anything can happen, but it's unlikely, and that means that Huntington Beach should have secured a place in the Pac-5 playoffs with a 35-7 Sunset League victory over Newport Harbor. It's the program's first victory over the Sailors since 1991 -- back when Tony Gonzalez was at the school -- as Michael Chislock ran for two touchdowns and passed for two more; he threw for 356 yards. The Oilers' next two games are against teams expected to finish ahead of them in the standings, Edison and Los Alamitos, before finishing with Fountain Valley.
3. For the same reason, Tesoro's victory over Trabuco Hills (5-3, 0-2) was huge. The Titans (5-2, 1-0) should have punched their ticket into the playoffs with a decisive 26-14 South Coast League victory. They should secure at least third place in the five-team league, contending with No. 9 San Clemente (8-0, 2-0) and No. 8 Mission Viejo (5-2, 1-0). Maybe the biggest statistic of the night was Tesoro holding Trabuco Hills running back Mitchell Simonsen to 14 yards on eight carries; he had been averaging more than 140 yards per game. Also big was the commitment to the ground game by Tesoro; Nate Tago carried 20 times for 134 yards and a score, and Blake Rodgers carried 11 times for 100 with two touchdowns. Matt Adam attempted only 10 passes (three of 10, 27 yards. The constant pounding paid dividends; Tesoro led at halftime, 6-0.
4. Bolsa Grande, which snapped a 25-game losing streak earlier this season, almost won for the third time in four games, and very nearly beat Los Amigos for the first time since 1989. However, Los Amigos scored the last 20 points, including Jerry Saldivar's two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, to steal the victory. The worst is over for Bolsa, which got touchdowns from four different players; its league losses have been to Rancho Alamitos (6-1, 2-0) and Los Amigos (6-1, 2-0). The Matadors (2-5, 0-2) will try to break a 14-game league losing streak Thursday against Westminster La Quinta (2-5, 0-2).
5. As league titles go, Villa Park can probably order the banner for winning the Century League. The top-ranked team in the Southwest Division, though, may not want to get overconfident in its Southern Section playoff hopes with La Habra and now, apparently, El Toro lurking as legitimate threats. Villa Park (7-0, 3-0) needed overtime against Foothill (5-3, 3-1) to score a 28-21 victory. Villa Park has played only two opponents with a winning record, and the only remaining team on the schedule, Brea Olinda (6-1, 1-1) was beaten last week by Esperanza (5-3, 2-2) -- which is the other team with a winning record that Villa Park has played. Foothill took a 21-14 lead in the third quarter but Villa Park answered with a 57-yard TD pass from Blair Boyce to Jacob Scavuzzo. It was the second long connection; they scored from 47 yards in the first quarter. The Spartans won it when Meki Tafuna, who scored twice, ran in from 16 yards in OT; he finished with 13 carries for 101 yards.