Los Angeles Preps: Anthony White

Orange County: Five things from the weekend

November, 15, 2010
1. You don't have to play at a high-profile school to have a great high school career. Chris Paul caught eight passes for 191 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-39 Orange Coast League victory over Saddleback and ended his career as Orange County's all-time leader in touchdown receptions. Paul was on the receiving end of 42 scoring passes, giving him three more than Jeremy Childs, who caught 39 for Los Alamitos before graduating in 2005.

2. In his fourth consecutive week as a starting tailback, Malik Felton is making a bid for offensive player of the year honors in Orange County. He broke off a 70-yard TD run against Orange Lutheran, so six of his seven scores in that span are from 11 yards or more, and three are from at least 37. He has 83 carries for 682 yards (8.2 per carry) against St. John Bosco, Mater Dei, Santa Margarita and Lutheran. No easy marks there. Before Sean DeRosa was hurt, Felton had been a wide receiver who carried six times for 79 yards. He has reeled off consecutive games of 196, 185, 163 and 138 -- the latter against Orange Lutheran on 12 carries in a 31-13 victory. He has had TD runs of 11, 11, 87, 6, 37, 70 and 15 yards. It's a short, but impressive, resume.

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Orange County: Five things from the weekend

November, 1, 2010

Courtesy of Tony Tribolet
Matt Adam (11) passed for three touchdowns as Tesoro dominated Dana Hills, 38-3.

1. The most surprising result of the weekend had to be the outstanding and dominant performance by Tesoro in a 38-3 South Coast League victory over Dana Hills (3-6, 0-3). The Titans (7-1, 2-0) dominated Dana in a way that neither Mission Viejo (a 52-26 winner) nor San Clemente (42-28) could. The result makes this week’s showdown with MV (8-0, 2-0) all the more interesting. Given the mostly lackluster schedule and the milquetoast performances in recent weeks by Tesoro, the thinking here was that Coach Brian Barnes’ team was toast. Instead, they hinted that they were getting into playoff shape as the defense shut down dynamic Trent Mason, and Matt Adam passed for three touchdowns (two to Kyle Woolbright) and four different players found the end zone.

2. Servite seems to be a different animal with Malik Felton as the tailback. His ability to take it to the house – witness his game- and head-turning 87-yard TD run on Friday -- has added a dimension to the Friars that had been lacking. However, the most important thing that may have come from Servite’s 21-14 victory over Trinity League rival Mater Dei was the performance by junior quarterback Cody Pittman on a fourth quarter touchdown drive. The kid whose task was to replace Cody Fajardo showed poise, completed all four of his passes, and ran three times for 36 yards, including a big 24-yard gain that preceded Felton’s six-yard scoring run. Every week he gets closer to being the guy who can lead this team to a championship, and he also gains the confidence of teammates as he succeeds in new situations. And, lest we forget, for all the concerns about him and the team’s lack of offensive punch, he’s 8-0 as a starter.

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Orange County: Not America's team, but Buena Park ought to be

September, 24, 2010
Buena Park's success this season has been mentioned in this space, and the Coyotes won their fourth game to open the season on Thursday with a 50-0 victory over Bolsa Grande. Those four victories match the entire total from 2006 to '09.

Yet regardless of the results on the field, the results within the ranks are even more important and impressive, and there is an outstanding story by Jeff Miller in the Orange County Register about the changes that have taken place in the Buena Park program as first-year coach Anthony White tries to change the culture of the program. It will be one of the best reads of the year.

And pay special consideration to David Fulivai. That dude is The Man.