St. Margaret's senior middle linebacker Dalan Cragun will anchor the Tartans defense in 2014. Photo: Steve Breazeale
St. Margaret’s senior middle linebacker Dalan Cragun will anchor the Tartans defense in 2014. Photo: Steve Breazeale

Football teams gear up for the second week of the season

By Steve Breazeale

The San Juan Capistrano area will be full of quality high school football games tonight. Here is the schedule of games, along with some background information.

For in-game updates, news and more for all the area high school football games, follow us on Twitter @SouthOCsports.

JSerra vs. Chino Hills at Saddleback College, 7 p.m.

The Lions did all of their damage against Cabrillo in the second half of their 40-0 win in Week 0. The two teams went into halftime squared up at 0-0 before JSerra exploded for 40 points in the final 24 minutes.

The Lions will need to get things going earlier in their matchup against Chino Hills tonight.

Chino Hills, the No. 4 ranked team out of the West Valley Division, had an impressive 63-48 season-opening victory over Hart of Newhall last week. The Huskies’ (1-0) prolific offense was led by quarterback Zac Sturdivant, who threw six touchdown passes.

During training camp, JSerra was trying to figure out who their starting running back would be. But new transfer Edward Vander, who came from Paramount, seems to be the answer. Vander rushed for 126 yards and three touchdowns in his debut with the Lions. The Lions will use Vander, along with senior running back D.J. Bailey, to bolster their run game.

The Lions will play a formidable preseason schedule this season and this matchup against Chino Hills will be their first big test.

San Juan Hills vs. Canyon at San Juan Hills High School, 7 p.m.

The Stallions lost a back and forth game against Thousand Oaks in Week 0 and will take on Canyon tonight in their home opener at The Badlands Stadium.

San Juan Hills (0-1) junior quarterback Patrick O’Brien had a breakout game against Thousand Oaks, passing for 206 yards and rushing for three touchdowns. O’Brien did throw a costly interception, which Thousand Oaks converted into a field goal to go up 31-28 late in the third quarter.

O’Brien threw to sophomore wide receiver Jacob Huff often, as Huff reeled in 11 passes for 131 yards. Senior running back Mike Miscione did most of the work on the ground, rushing for 55 yards and a score.

Tonight’s game will be the third year in a row the Stallions have faced Canyon in the preseason. San Juan Hills has yet to lose against the Comanches (0-1), who lost to Troy 34-7 last week.

These two programs are familiar with each other and both will be looking to rebound from Week 0 losses.

St. Margaret’s vs. Capistrano Valley Christian at Capistrano Valley High School, 7 p.m.

This game will feature two teams ranked in the top-10 of the CIF-SS East Valley Division coaches poll.

No. 1 ranked St. Margaret’s will provide a tough test for No. 10 Capistrano Valley Christian (1-0), who are playing larger schools this preseason to prepare for the playoffs.

St. Margaret’s has yet to play a game this season, but return 13 starters to a team that reached the finals of the CIF-SS East Valley Division Championships last year. St. Margaret’s has a slew of weapons on offense, like receiver Nick Shanks and running back Oscar Gomez, and a proven defense, led by senior middle linebacker Dalan Cragun.

After losing standout senior quarterback Josh Davis to graduation, senior Ryan O’Hare has filled in nicely under center so far in 2014. O’Hare threw for 102 yards and a touchdown in the Tartans season opener.

Capistrano Valley Christian proved they can score points in a hurry in their 52-0 win over Maranatha Christian last week. Senior quarterback Riley Babick threw for 214 yards and three touchdowns and three different players scored rushing touchdowns in the Eagles victory.

But tonight, the Eagles will face a much tougher defense.

Saddleback Valley Christian—BYE

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