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O'Brien sets tone in San Juan Hills' romp over Capo Valley
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – As San Juan Hills quarterback Patrick O’Brien goes, so go the Stallions.
On Friday night, O’Brien turned in an outstanding performance and the result was a dominating 58-21 victory over rival Capistrano Valley in a nonleague game at San Juan Hills High.
The 6-4, 225-pound senior completed 22 of 30 passes for 327 yards and five touchdowns and also rushed for a season-high 100 yards on 17 carries as the No. 10 Stallions improved to 3-0, with all three victories coming against teams who made the playoffs in 2014.
“He’s obviously a difference maker,” said Stallions coach Aaron Flowers. “What people don’t realize is how well he manages the game for us. He’s fun to watch.”
O’Brien’s exploits were certainly no fun for Capistrano Valley, which suffered its first loss of the season to drop to 2-1.
“We just have to get better,” said Cougars coach Ernie Bucher. “They pushed us around tonight, no doubt.”
The Stallions totaled 659 yards on offense and 28 first downs. Most of the damage came in the first half when San Juan Hills scored on six of its eight possessions.
“I still think we can get better,” Flowers said. “We haven’t practiced well in the last two weeks. I know it’s not sexy, but we have to practice better to get better.”
The Cougars never led in the game, but did tie it at 7-7 early in the first quarter following a 46-yard touchdown reception by Tyler Waggoner from junior quarterback Kevin Brown.
It was all Stallions from there as San Juan Hills, ranked No. 9 in the CIF-SS West Valley Division, scored 30 of the game’s next 36 points to take a commanding 37-13 lead at halftime.
O’Brien led the charge with touchdown passes to Jacob Huff of 57 and 34 yards, and Harrison Van Gelder for 13 yards.
San Juan Hills was equally as potent on the ground, as offensive lineman David Volk, Tommy Gaisford, Eric Dominguez, Zak Oblea and Jared Aviles opened huge holes all night. The Stallions rushed for 333 yards, which included a 13-yard scoring run by Cole Suchesk, a 9-yard touchdown run by Devin Wegis, and a 44-yard score by backup quarterback Brady Bjorkman late in the game.
Wegis also led the defensive charge with two interceptions.
Capistrano Valley kept things interesting following a 99-yard kickoff return by Devin Jenkins midway through the second quarter and a 71-yard TD run by Tyler Waggoner.
But that was all the offense the Cougars could muster as San Juan Hills held Capistrano Valley to just 170 total yards.
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