Los Angeles Preps: REV

REDLANDS -- What do they have to lose? That's what coach Kurt Bruich said before the game, this notion of playing a team such as Mission Viejo that was nationally ranked. "If you win," Bruich said, "it puts you on the map."

Rand-McNally may be looking for the Redlands East Valley football program any day now after the Wildcats, ranked No. 21 in the ESPNLA Top 25 rankings, delivered the biggest victory in school history, a 10-7 decision over No. 2 Mission Viejo.

The Diablos, visitors on the University of Redlands campus stadium, weren't just any No. 2 team; they were ranked No. 31 in the nation in the Powerade Fab 50.

"We just beat a national ranked, state-ranked, perennial powerhouse, and we beat them on defense," Bruich said. "Special teams and defense. ... It's a big win for the Inland Division."

No question, Mission Viejo (4-2) was beat up; the Diablos were missing their top three running backs, Jahleel Pinner, Buzzy Yokoyama and Daniel Marx. But REV was missing its top two runners, Darreus Parrison and Taylor Thompson.

That left the quarterbacks to shoulder much of the load. Austin Decoud led REV with 45 yards rushing, and he completed eight of 14 passes for 68 yards and an interception. Alex Bridgford completed 11 of 28 passes for 196 yards and two interceptions, and he was sacked three times -- once on the game's final desperate drive.

Ultimately, the game was a battle of solid defenses, and in the end, REV (5-0) made more plays that mattered.

The biggest of those came in the second quarter with REV holding a 3-0 lead. A REV punt hit the ground and bounced into the back of the leg of Mission Viejo's Max Redfield at the 25-yard line, then bounced toward the end zone with a den of Wildcats in pursuit.

Eventually, Tanner Shreve got his hands on it and fell the last yard into the end zone for a touchdown. David Massuere's point-after made it 10-0, a lead taken into the fourth quarter.

"This is the biggest win ever," Shreve said. "We just made REV history. I've got to give it up for the defense."

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Orange County & Inland Empire: Mission Viejo is in another class even without Tre Madden

October, 8, 2010
When Mission Viejo takes the field Friday against visiting Redlands East Valley, it will be the third week in a row the Diablos have played without their best player, linebacker Tre Madden.

“It seems like the 10th week,” Coach Bob Johnson said. “It's day-by-day, week-by-week. It's a foot injury – they take a while.”

Ranked No. 3 by ESPNLA, the way Mission Viejo (5-0) is playing, Madden's teammates might still be playing 10 weeks from now. Without question, Mission -- along with Servite -- has separated itself from the pack in Orange County and is one of the handful of really proven outstanding teams in the Southland.

Junior LB Wes Hartmann has stepped in for Madden on defense and is getting valuable playing time that will make him a better player this year and next. That's going to make Mission even tougher in the playoffs when Madden returns.

With a capable passing QB in Alex Bridgford (7 TDs, 1 int.) and running backs Dallas Kessman (120 yards/game) and Jahleel Pinner (92 yards/game), the Diablos aren't hurting on offense -- they're averaging 45 points while giving up 16. Madden was the QB in the wildcat formation, and had carried eight times for 189 yards -- a 23.6 average -- before he was hurt. Johnson understandably thinks the USC commit is the best player in Orange County.

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