Los Angeles Preps: Emmanuel Lara
September, 25, 2010
By Pedro Moura | ESPNLosAngeles.com
LONG BEACH -- No Tre Madden, no problem.
No. 3-ranked Mission Viejo stormed into Veterans Stadium on Friday without its star player and flat-out dominated No. 16 Long Beach Poly behind a steady dose of power running from Dallas Kessman and Jahleel Pinner and an especially stout defense. The two backs -- often lining up together in a dual-threat I-formation -- combined to rush for 247 yards and five touchdowns as the Diablos rolled to a big nonleague victory, 37-7.
Mission Viejo forced five turnovers and blocked a punt early in the first quarter that pushed the momentum in its favor. Both Jackrabbits quarterbacks, juniors Chaiyse Hales and Emmanuel Lara, struggled mightily to get passes off against a fierce Diablos pass rush, and Mission safety Max Redfield seized the opportunity with two first-half interceptions.
"We played real well tonight," Mission Viejo coach Bob Johnson said. "We had some good breaks early on and we made some of our own breaks too."
The Diablos (4-0) had sometimes started slowly early this season on offense, but Friday's game was a complete turnaround. Their first drive saw Kessman and Pinner run straight through Poly's defense and into the end zone, as the two totaled 89 yards on eight carries on the drive, capped off by a four-yard touchdown run from Kessman.
Three plays later, Mission Viejo had the ball again after Andrew McPeak jumped on a blocked punt at the Poly 31-yard line. Another four plays and the Diablos had a 14-0 lead, with Pinner taking it in for a 10-yard score.