Los Angeles Preps: Diego Mendoza
September, 20, 2010
By Martin Henderson | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Courtesy of Tony Tribolet
With his performance against Dana Hills in a 27-21 victory, it appears Edison is in good hands with running back Nicholas Masaniai.
Some observations from the third weekend of high school sports in Orange County.
1. It's hard to imagine how good Edison would have been with Davion Orphey, the dynamic senior running back/defensive back who was ruled academically ineligible. Coach Dave White said Orphey's absence was probably more significant on defense than offense. However, we saw on Thursday against Dana Hills his replacement, Nicholas Masaniai, who carried 20 times for 134 yards. He's not as flashy and he's not going to take some plays to the house that Orphey would have, but he puts the Chargers in good hands. He had five carries of more than 10 yards: 24, 14, 18, 11 (for a touchdown) and 31 yards, and he's going to keep defenses honest as junior quarterback Chase Favreau develops.
2. Buena Park and Los Alamitos don't seem to have a lot in common except for 3-0 records. Los Alamitos is a well-respected program that contends for the Sunset League title every year, has one of the most dynamic players in the Southern Section in tailback Nick Richardson, and is coached by Orange County's all-time leader in victories, John Barnes. Buena Park has been a program that has not done much of anything over the past decade, and its three-game winning streak is much-needed good news for a program that had won only three games the last three years. Yet relative to its own strength, Buena Park -- which is badly in need of victories -- has actually played a tougher schedule this season than Los Alamitos. Based on the statistical ratings of team strength at Calpreps.com, Buena Park – with a rating of minus-2.8, has played teams that are 17.5, 27.2 and 12.3 points lower than the Coyotes; Los Alamitos has played teams that are 20.9, 25.6 and 29.5 points lower than the Griffins.