Monday, September 13, 2010
Orange County: Five things from the weekend
By Martin Henderson
Some observations from the second weekend of high school sports in Orange County.
1. Is anybody going to stop Nick Richardson of Los Alamitos? I don't think so. At least, not during the nonleague portion of the Griffins' season. He went for 303 yards against Mayfair after gaining 249 against Norwalk. The scary part for opposing defenses: At some point, he's going to get you. His longest carry against Norwalk was 73 yards, his longest against Mayfair was 54 yards. He's a threat from every hashmark on the field.
2. Four of the five teams in the South Coast League are averaging at least 42 points, and San Clemente has done so through three games (everyone else has done it through two). The Tritons' lowest-scoring output was a 25-0 victory a week ago against Villa Park, but that was without Nick Pasquale, who had a 74-yard reception and 54-yard run for touchdowns against Fountain Valley over the weekend in a 59-24 victory. Dana Hills is averaging 50 points, Mission Viejo 45.5, Tesoro 43, and San Clemente 42. The magic number for the fifth team in that league, Trabuco Hills, is 17: The Mustangs won their opener, 17-6, and lost to Newport Harbor, 17-6.
3. Oceanside came into this season with 39 consecutive victories, six consecutive section titles and 16 straight semifinal appearances – all good reasons to believe it wasn't going to have a major fall-off in talent. Yet many said that was the case simply because it graduated several players. Over the weekend, Oceanside – the defending Division I State Bowl champion – defeated Chaparral, 21-14. Chaparral was ranked No. 7 in the ESPNLA top 25 and was highly regarded throughout the state. That result puts into clearer perspective Servite's 31-7 victory over Oceanside a week earlier. Servite is good. It might be really, really good.
4. Placentia Valencia has begun the season with back-to-back shutouts. Not only did the defense post a shutout in a 17-0 victory over Villa Park, but Greg Hammond returned an interception 59 yards for a touchdown. Coach Mike Marrujo is talked about reverently by other coaches in the county, kind of like Terry Henigan – who retired from Irvine after last season. It would be great for Marrujo to make another big run in the playoffs.
5. With its 28-0 victory, Buena Park improved to 2-0 under first-year coach Anthony White. Since finishing 4-6 in 2005, the Coyotes followed with seasons of 1-9, 0-9, 1-9 and 2-8. Jeremy Crow has averaged 158 yards passing and Carlos Ponton 91 yards rushing, and Buena Park goes for win No. 3 on Thursday at Estancia.