Los Angeles Preps: Los Amigos

Los Amigos snaps Garden Grove's streak

January, 12, 2012
It took two overtimes but, on Tuesday, Fountain Valley Los Amigos did what seemed to be the impossible.

It beat Garden Grove in a girls' water polo match.

Los Amigos scored an 11-10 victory, and in doing so ended the Argonauts' 47-game winning streak in the Garden Grove League. Just like that, Garden Grove's run of nine consecutive league titles is in danger.

Leticia Zacarias and Brianna Salas scored four goals apiece for Los Amigos (10-5, 1-0).

Vivianne Mai and Brianna Vi scored three goals apiece for Garden Grove (8-8, 0-1).

O.C.: Top games for Thursday

November, 10, 2011
Tesoro (6-3, 2-1) at San Clemente (8-1, 2-1), Thursday, 7 p.m.
Tesoro was more competitive last week against Mission Viejo in a 14-7 loss than San Clemente was the week before in a 29-21 setback, but that doesn't mean that anything. This is anyone's game. Both teams have outstanding rushing attacks with Mike Elespuru (126 yards/game, 12 TDs) leading San Clemente and Nate Tago (114 yards/game, 12 TDs) leading Tesoro. But the difference might be at quarterback, where Travis Wilson (14 TDs, 6 int.) has been more consistent than Tesoro's Matt Adam (6 TDs, 4 int.). San Clemente has had two weeks to prepare for this game, but Tesoro could be filled with confidence knowing it could legitimately have beaten Mission. The winner finishes in second place in the South Coast League and will probably get a home game in the first round of the playoffs; the loser will be in third place and play a first-place team on the road. Winning this game is important for Pac-5 championship hopes.

Edison (7-2, 4-0) at Newport Harbor (5-4, 3-1), Thursday, 7 p.m.
What a turnaround this could be for Newport Harbor if it were to pull the upset against the Chargers. Harbor lost its first two games for the first time in Coach Jeff Brinkley's 25 years, but its victory over Los Alamitos -- for the third time in four seasons -- has put it in a position to create a tie for first place in the Sunset League. Titus Hasson has gained 408 yards in the last two games, including 255 in the 35-21 victory over Los Alamitos; he is complemented by Cole Blower (13 TDs, 3 int.). If Newport can run the ball, the Sailors have a chance to be one of the more improbable league champions in the section. They will have their hands full as Edison has gotten healthier and presents a stronger rushing attack, and Chase Favreau (13 TDs, 5 int.) is as dangerous a quarterback as there is.

Garden Grove Rancho Alamitos (8-1, 4-0) vs. Fountain Valley Los Amigos (8-1, 4-0) at Garden Grove HS, Thursday, 7 p.m.
These teams used to rule the '90s, so the battle for the Garden Grove League title is like a step back in time. Rancho makes do with running back Brett Hurley (1,086 yards, 18 TDs) and quarterback Lincoln Faletoi (11 TDs, 5 int.), while Los Amigos counters with Jerry Saldivar (722 yards, 14 TDs) and Danny Hernandez (6 TDs, 5 int.). Both teams have two shutouts in league play, and both held Garden Grove to 14 points. This could go to the wire.

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1. A week after a stunning fourth quarter comeback -- down 28-0 -- Aliso Niguel might have had El Toro right where it wanted. Well, not really. The Wolverines were no match for El Toro, which scored 27 points in less than six minutes in the second quarter en route to a 47-0 Sea View League victory. Jacob Furnari and Conner Manning led the way for El Toro (7-1, 2-0). Furnari had 20 carries for 286 yards -- more than half of the 534 he had gained though the first six games -- and three touchdowns; Manning completed 12 of 20 passes for 209 yards and four touchdowns. Aliso (5-2, 1-1), which was ranked No. 10 in the Southwest Division going into the game, isn't ranked now. El Toro is ranked No. 5, but another Sea View team, Laguna Hills (6-0, 1-0), is No. 4. Don't let the rankings throw you; El Toro is the team to beat. They play in the season finale on Nov. 11.

2. Anything can happen, but it's unlikely, and that means that Huntington Beach should have secured a place in the Pac-5 playoffs with a 35-7 Sunset League victory over Newport Harbor. It's the program's first victory over the Sailors since 1991 -- back when Tony Gonzalez was at the school -- as Michael Chislock ran for two touchdowns and passed for two more; he threw for 356 yards. The Oilers' next two games are against teams expected to finish ahead of them in the standings, Edison and Los Alamitos, before finishing with Fountain Valley.

3. For the same reason, Tesoro's victory over Trabuco Hills (5-3, 0-2) was huge. The Titans (5-2, 1-0) should have punched their ticket into the playoffs with a decisive 26-14 South Coast League victory. They should secure at least third place in the five-team league, contending with No. 9 San Clemente (8-0, 2-0) and No. 8 Mission Viejo (5-2, 1-0). Maybe the biggest statistic of the night was Tesoro holding Trabuco Hills running back Mitchell Simonsen to 14 yards on eight carries; he had been averaging more than 140 yards per game. Also big was the commitment to the ground game by Tesoro; Nate Tago carried 20 times for 134 yards and a score, and Blake Rodgers carried 11 times for 100 with two touchdowns. Matt Adam attempted only 10 passes (three of 10, 27 yards. The constant pounding paid dividends; Tesoro led at halftime, 6-0.

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