Los Angeles Preps: Luis Soto

Orange County: Five things from the weekend

November, 8, 2010
1. Orange Lutheran (5-4) showed that it has some life after all. Who could have expected that the Lancers would have beaten St. John Bosco (5-5) in easier fashion than Servite (9-0) or Mater Dei (6-3)? The victory by Lutheran, which got a fumble return by Jabari Wilson for one touchdown and another fumble that set up a 36-yard drive, makes next week's game against Servite far more intriguing, although history doesn't favor the Lancers: Servite has won four in a row, even though the teams have shared three of the last four league titles. Bosco was ranked by one media entity as the No. 26 team in the state, making them easily the best fourth-place team in California: Now the Braves, winless in the Trinity League, will easily be the best fifth-place team (unless they finish sixth by losing to JSerra).

2. Even though Trinity teams such as Orange Lutheran and Bosco would make the Pac-5 playoffs a lot more interesting if they were included – unfortunately there is no at-large berth in the division – one has to believe that Dana Hills (4-6) would sure be an interesting first-round opponent if they could be included as well. The Dolphins gave Mission Viejo and San Clemente all they could handle for a half – which is as much as any team has done with Mission – and they are ridiculously entertaining even in defeat. However, they were winners over the weekend, 39-38, after trailing by 10 points early and falling behind with less than three minutes remaining on a 57-yard TD pass from Jonathan Newsom to Adam Gann. Too much time remained for Trent Mason and Chris Kearney, who scored with 28 seconds left on a five-yard run. Mason finished with 237 yards passing with two touchdowns, and 179 yards rushing and two touchdowns. They may be up and down, but they're a lot more interesting than the third- and fourth-place teams from the Moore League, Long Beach Jordan (5-4) and Long Beach Wilson (5-4). And yes, I'm aware that Jordan beat El Toro and Dana Hills did not.

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