Compiled by Steve Breazeale
The week in San Juan Capistrano high school football belonged to JSerra Catholic. The Lions defeated Orange Lutheran 24-20 on Oct. 30 to improve to 3-1 in the Trinity League, guaranteeing their first playoff berth in school history.
Here is a rundown of last night’s action.
JSerra 24, Orange Lutheran 20
The Lions (8-1, 3-1 league) scored in every quarter and held off Orange Lutheran late for their second consecutive Trinity League win and first guaranteed playoff berth in program history.
The contest could have been marked down as a trap game for JSerra, as the Lions were coming off the biggest win in their history, a 17-10 victory over Mater Dei on Oct. 24. Expectations and emotions ramped up another notch heading into the game with the Lancers but JSerra played the efficient, mistake-free football that has been their trademark this season.
Senior quarterback Nick Robinson had another big game, passing for 218 yards while rushing for 17 yards and two touchdowns.
JSerra held a 10-7 edge at halftime and maintained their one-score lead throughout. Orange Lutheran scored on a 55-yard touchdown pass from quarterback LJ Northington to Hudson Hankins to make it 17-10 with just over one minute remaining, but the Lions’ lead was too much to overcome.
JSerra will close out Trinity League play Nov.7 with a game against Servite at Saddleback College.
San Juan Hills 35, Dana Hills 21
San Juan Hills ran the ball often against South Coast League opponent Dana Hills on Oct. 30 en route to a 35-21 win.
Stallions (4-5, 1-2) running back Mike Miscione rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns while junior quarterback Patrick O’Brien added 74 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. O’Brien’s three scoring runs came from eight, 22 and six yards out. O’Brien’s third touchdown put the Stallions up 22-7 in the second quarter.
San Juan Hills will face Tesoro at home on Nov. 7 to close out league play.
St. Margaret’s 49, Dymally 0
St. Margaret’s kept their perfect season alive thanks to a strong defensive effort in a 49-0 win over Dymally out of Los Angeles on Oct. 30.
The Tartans’ (9-0, 3-0) win was their third shutout of the season. St. Margaret’s has held their last five opponents to 41 combined points.
A Nov. 7 match with Calvary Chapel will be the Tartans chance to run the table and claim another Academy League title.