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Compiled by Steve Breazeale
Week 5 of the San Juan area high school football season was a wild one, filled with big victories for the small schools.
Here is a run down of the week’s action, along with previews for this week’s contests.
JSerra Catholic was on a bye last week and will open their Trinity League schedule with a game against Santa Margarita on Oct. 10 at Saddleback College.
For scores, in-game updates, news and more for all of the San Juan area football teams, follow us on Twitter @SouthOCsports.
Saddleback Valley Christian 24, Aliso Niguel 14
The Saddleback Valley Christian football team pulled off its signature win of the season on Oct. 2 with a win over Aliso Niguel out of the Sea View League.
The Warriors (5-0) got on the board early when Ryan DeViso returned a Wolverines fumble 47 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.
Saddleback Valley Christian would score on touchdown runs from Charlie Morris and quarterback Cade Henjum to take a 21-0 lead in the third quarter.
Aliso Niguel would score 14 unanswered points and dig into the Warriors lead, but the damage was done.
Morris had a game-high 81 yards rushing in the contest. Henjum passed for 166 yards and rushed for 46 in the win.
The win came at the perfect time for the Warriors, who will begin San Joaquin League play on Oct. 10 with a match against rival Capistrano Valley Christian. That matchup should be an indicator on who will take home the league title.
Capistrano Valley Christian 56, Crean Lutheran 17
The Eagles got an all around effort from up and down their roster on Oct. 3 in a convincing 56-17 win over Crean Lutheran out of the Academy League.
Capistrano Valley Christian quarterback Riley Babick completed 13 of 21 passes for 138 yards and four touchdowns. Rafael Ramos returned a kickoff 87 yards for a score and Michael Balmer returned a blocked punt for a touchdown.
Babick hit Ben Sukut for three touchdown passes and connected with Dylan Baird for another to take a commanding 28-0 lead midway through the second quarter. The Eagles had a 42-14 lead at halftime and didn’t look back.
Capistrano Valley Christian’s Daniel Herber and K.C. Thompson added touchdown runs of their own to finish off the game.
The Eagles will play rival Saddleback Valley Christian in their San Joquin League opener on Oct. 10.
San Juan Hills 35, Beckman 14
After giving up 14 straight points to visiting Beckman on Oct. 4, San Juan Hills responded in a big way, scoring 35 unanswered points to cap a 35-14 nonleague victory.
The Stallions (3-3) heavy hitters, junior quarterback Patrick O’Brien and senior running back Mike Miscione, were responsible for the offensive outburt.
O’Brien threw touchdown passes to Jacob Huff and Haydn Gilman to even things up at 14-14 in the second quarter and O’Brien found Gilman again in the third to take the lead. O’Brien threw for 94 yards and rushed for 78 more.
Miscione scored twice in the fourth on short touchdown runs to end the scoring. Miscione, who has scored in every game he has played in this season, ran for a game-high 97 yards in the victory.
The Stallions will be on a bye this week but the South Coast League is now on the horizon. It will be the first time in school history a San Juan Hills football team takes the field in the competitive league that features powerhouses Mission Viejo and Tesoro. San Juan Hills will face El Toro at home on Oct. 17.
St. Margaret’s 35, Century 0
The Tartans (5-0) shut out Century on the road behind a strong effort from their running backs.
Nick Shanks and Oscar Gomez punched in scoring runs for 12 and 72 yards out, respectively, to give St. Margaret’s a 14-0 lead at halftime.
Preston Ellis scored two rushing touchdowns and Shanks returned a punt 56 yards in the second half to give the Tartans their fifth consecutive win of the season.
Gomez has been on a tear this season and recorded a game-high 197 yards in the win.
St. Margaret’s will hit the road this week to play Sage Hill in an Academy League contest on Oct. 10.