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Modster helps Tesoro take third in Huntington Beach tournament

STAFF WRITER

HUNTINGTON BEACH – The Huntington Beach passing tournament ended Saturday and so did the summer tournament season.

With its completion, high school football fans have a good idea of what they can expect during the regular season, and they got to see it all on display at Huntington Beach High on Saturday.

Tesoro quarterback Devon Modster has consistently looked like one of the best quarterbacks in Southern California this summer and he showed why again Saturday.

He brought a lot of hype to all of the competitions he competed in this summer and with good reason.

Modster dropped pass after pass perfectly into his receivers’ hands, and showed off terrific arm strength while he threw 40- to 50-yard passes with a flick of the wrist. He had Coach Matt Poston excited for the upcoming season.

“Devon did a great job keeping everything under control today and threw some really nice balls in some tight spots,” Poston said. “Obviously it’s just seven-on-seven and not 11-on-11, but you go out there to compete and to come in third place in a good tournament like this is really exciting.”

Wide receivers Carter Jaenichen and Ty Freeman also had good outings for Tesoro.

As well as Modster and the Tesoro offense played though, it was only good enough for a third-place finish. Tesoro played Mission Hills in the third-place game and won, 36-20.

Another quarterback who played well, LJ Northington of Orange Lutheran, didn’t get the results he wanted. He did have a good tournament nonetheless and should enjoy a good season behind an improved offensive line that won the tug-a-war challenge.

Crespi of Encino used this competition as a platform to try out its expected starting quarterback, Hamish McClure. The sophomore quarterback helped Crespi take fifth-place honors in the tournament as the Celts beat out Torrey Pines for an 18-14 victory.

St. John Bosco played efficiently and consistently on offense, and as a result, had success throughout the day. It was the Braves’ defense that kept them ahead of the pack, however, as they played quick, and crisp defense while routinely jumping routes and helping out their offense.

As a result St. John Bosco pulled ahead of the pack and finished in first place, beating Bishop Amat of La Puente, 32-16, in the championship game.

NOTES

St. John Bosco won the lineman competition and came in second in the tug-a-war competition. ... This was El Toro's first competition under new head coach Mike Mayoral.

Contact the writer: hknudsen@ocregister.com


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