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Orange County: Five things from the weekend

November, 29, 2010
1. Mission Viejo is a better team when Tre Madden is on offense. The linebacker is no longer just a wildcat quarterback, but could be the quarterback, period. The Diablos like junior Alex Bridgford – and he's a terrific talent – but he doesn't make Mission's offense as dangerous as it is when Madden lines up at QB. He was three-for-three passing with all completions going for more than 20 yards, he squirmed away from would-be tacklers in the backfield and he threw on the run. Madden is a stud. Of course, the best thing about Mission is that it got duly tested and performed in the clutch. The Diablos fell behind in the fourth quarter, 20-17, the first time this season they have trailed that late in the game. After that, Mission attempted only one pass – by Madden, good for 27 yards to Frank Randal – which set up Dallas Kessman's one-yard run to retake the lead.

2. Really impressive that Servite scored so many points against Crespi. Most critics of the Friars point to their middling offense, so a 40-16 victory was definitely eye-opening. The Servite defense came through again with another strong performance as the Friars opened up a 33-0 lead in the third quarter before giving up a touchdown. And special teams continue to produce, this time London Lewis scoring a touchdown after Cameron Farrell blocked a punt. But the offensive production was stellar. Crespi had given up as many points only once this season, a 53-47 shootout over Taft. Two of Crespi's other three losses were by three points – to Compton Dominguez in the first game under newly hired coach Jon Mack's reign, and to Bishop Amat. The other was a 28-17 loss to third-seeded Alemany. In addition to Malik Felton's emergence as a game-changing back (he had 190 yards and TD runs of 20, 49 and 65 yards) junior quarterback Cody Pittman rushed for 77 yards and passed for 108.

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