Los Angeles Preps: Chris Kearney

Orange County: San Clemente 42, Dana Hills 28

October, 22, 2010
10/22/10
11:57
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DANA POINT – It was a stunning moment, one in which Christian Tober turned around a game with a gutsy move and blurring speed.

Tober's 69-yard punt return in the third quarter paved the way for San Clemente to post a crucial 42-28 victory over host Dana Hills. It ruined the Dolphins' homecoming, and didn't do much for their playoff chances either. The Dolphins (3-5, 0-2) now need to win out against Tesoro and Trabuco Hills to get one of three guaranteed playoff berths from the South Coast League.

It was just the opposite for San Clemente (7-1, 2-0); two victories – including one against a playoff contender such as Dana Hills – should be enough to get into the playoffs. Next week, the Tritons take on undefeated defending league champion Mission Viejo (7-0, 1-0) with plenty of confidence. Last week Mission beat Dana Hills, 52-26.

San Clemente's scoring drives were 73, 29, 51, 48, 20 and 48 yards.

San Clemente got a big defensive effort in the second half, but it was Tober's return that was the monster play.

The score was tied at 28-28 after a remarkable first half in which San Clemente fell behind, 21-7, but got back into the game by taking advantage of a short field. Dana Hills had to punt on its first possession of the second half, and though Chris Kearney booted a 50-yard punt, Tober's 69-yard return – to the 20-yard line – was the flashpoint necessary to complete the comeback.

“That killed us,” said Dana Hills coach Brent Melbon of Tober's return. “We had the kid pinned in with three guys and he split two of them.”

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Orange County: Edison's defense locks down Chris Kearney

September, 17, 2010
9/17/10
7:29
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Tony Tribolet
As evident here, the Edison defense and Allen Atkins were able to keep Dana Hills receiving threat Chris Kearney under tight wraps most of Thursday night.

HUNTINGTON BEACH -- Even though Trent Mason had a big game passing for 104 yards and rushing for 136, Edison's defense looked very competent in its 27-21 nonleague victory Thursday over Dana Hills.

Sure, Mason was fantastic because he's a great athlete. So is receiver Chris Kearney, an outstanding playmaker who routinely burns other defenses. Coming into the game he had caught 10 passes for 227 yards and four touchdowns. Against the Edison defense he caught 12 passes for 53 yards. That is not a misprint. Sixteen yards came on one reception, meaning 11 other catches averaged 3.8 yards. That seems unimaginable.

The point is, Edison did a great job of tackling and preventing a big play guy from making the big play and it shows the potential of this defense. Not a lot of teams have a player like Mason in the backfield.

Sackmaster Charles Burks didn't have any sacks of Mason, but he did strip the ball that turned into a 12-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Gavin Perdomo.

Robert Mase did have a sack -- the only one -- and also wrapped up Mason's legs on the Dolphins' final desperate pass of the night. Roland Blackiston and Nicholas Masaniai also made their presence felt on a night that Edison's defense showed that it meant business.

Orange County: For Dana Hills and Edison, something has to give

September, 15, 2010
9/15/10
8:43
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There is no reason to not be excited about the impending duel Thursday between Dana Hills and Edison. Trent Mason is a dual threat who last week passed for 221 yards, ran for 97 and had a hand in five touchdowns for the No. 25 Dolphins (2-0) against Aliso Niguel.

It's also a chance for Chase Favreau, the transfer from Mater Dei, to show off what all the fuss was about. He had been denied eligibility until that decision was reversed a little more than a week ago. He saw blitzes all night but still passed for four touchdowns and no interceptions in his varsity debut against Long Beach Wilson.

Dana Hills is averaging 50 points per game, which is impressive. Edison is averaging 53.5.

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