Los Angeles Preps: Mitchell Simonsen

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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Orange County: Five things from the weekend

October, 4, 2010
10/04/10
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Martin Henderson/Special to ESPNLA.com
Newport Harbor's Buzzy Yokoyama suffered a knee injury last week against San Clemente.

Some observations from the fifth weekend of high school sports in Orange County:

1. The most distressing news of the weekend had to be the knee injury to Buzzy Yokoyama, who moved from receiver to running back at Newport Harbor and looked like one of the best in Orange County. He was the county's second-leading rusher going into the game against San Clemente, but he suffered a knee injury in the second quarter with the score tied at 7-7. He was replaced by Drew Diller, who scored twice, in the 21-20 overtime loss; Diller was stopped on a two-point conversion attempt for the victory.

2. It took a career turn, but Jason Negro finally beat La Habra. The former Trabuco Hills coach, whoe team was beaten by the Highlanders in the semifinals in 2008 and the championship in 2009, finally scored a victory over his nemesis, 35-17, while wearing the blue of St. John Bosco (4-1). After his team's victory, Negro made a guarantee – that La Habra (2-3) would be in the Southern Division finals. That wouldn't surprise me at all.

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