Campos helps Esparanza rumble over Bellflower


YORBA LINDA – Since rectifying its penalty issues at halftime last week, little has been able to stop the Esperanza offense.

The Aztecs scored 32 points in the second half of their season-opening, come-from-behind win against Irvine. They picked up where they left off, defeating Bellflower, 49-14, Thursday night in a nonleague game at Yorba Linda High.

Patrick Campos had 190 total yards (140 rushing) and four touchdowns.

Campos said the coaching staff had turned its attention to playing a more disciplined game, and the abscence of penalties allowed Campos to break loose early. He had 13 carries for 86 yards and three touchdowns in the first quarter.

“That’s how we should start out every week,” said Campos, who had his second straight four-touchdown game. “When we play a game like that, there is no one that can stop us.”

Esperanza (2-0) scored the first 28 points of the game. Jake McPherson rushed for two touchdowns. Trevor Markowitz passed for 135 yards, including a touchdown to Anthony Koclanakis.

Bellflower’s two touchdown drives were largely the work of athletic quarterback Merrell Jasper. The junior made several plays out of the pocket to move the Buccaneers (0-3) down the field. His touchdown pass to Jeffrey Manning made it 28-7 at the half. Later, he added a rushing score.

The Aztecs made Jasper pay for some of his creativity. When the Buccaneers’ quarterback forced balls into traffic, Eric Burns and Zach Fraser were there for the interception.

Clint Meyer, Trevor Barkley, and Brendan Kelly each recorded a sack.

Esperanza goes on the road to Buena Park next week.

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