Roundup: Newport Harbor, Pacifica, Troy collect important victories
Highlights from some of the county's football games Friday night.
NEWPORT HARBOR 62, MARINA 35
Newport Harbor running back Cole Kinder broke his own school-record for rushing yards in a game, rumbling for 337 yards and six touchdowns in the Sailors 62-35 win over Marina Friday night in a Sunset League game at Estancia High.
The Sailors (5-4, 3-1) secured a Division 6 playoff berth with the victory, guaranteeing itself a top-three finish in league with a matchup against second-place Los Alamitos being the only tilt remaining on their schedule.
Kinder scored on touchdown runs of 55, 54, 13, 18, 1 and 51 yards against the Vikings (3-6, 0-4) defense. Offensively, the Sailors came away with points on nine of their first 10 possessions, and led 48-28 at the half.
Kinder originally broke the school-record earlier this season with a 321-yard outburst in a nonleague loss to Los Altos High. In his last three games alone, Newport Harbor’s workhorse back has rushed for 781 yards and 13 touchdowns.
PACIFICA 48, WESTERN 14
The visiting Mariners (5-4, 2-2) kept their playoff hopes alive by opening a 41-0 lead at halftime en route to the Empire League victory at Bolsa Grande.
Ben Jefferson completed 7 of 8 passes for 178 yards and five TDs while Raul Balderas rushed for 165 yards and two TDs on 14 carries.
Pacifica, tied with Cypress and Kennedy for third place, plays host to Kennedy (5-4, 2-2) next week at Bolsa Grande. Tustin and Valencia are tied for first place at 3-1 in the Empire.
TROY 41, SONORA 6
Josiah Norwood and Mikale Hill helped the Warriors (7-2, 3-1) stay in title contention in the Freeway League with a triumph at Fullerton.
Troy’s first-team offense didn’t punt and the starting defense held Sonora to less than 100 yards of total offense.
“Excited to play Buena Park (8-1, 4-0) for a share of the title (next week),” Troy coach Kevin Hastin said in a text message.
ORANGE 28, OCEAN VIEW 21
The host Panthers (6-3, 1-3) picked up a Golden West League victory at El Modena.
Orange, which beat first-place Santa Ana but forfeited the win, closes league next week against Loara at El Modena. The Panthers are tied with Ocean View (1-3 in league) for fourth place.
WESTMINSTER 50, LOARA 21
The host Lions (5-4, 3-1) remained in the thick of the Golden West League race by taking a 37-0 lead at halftime.
Noah Melbon threw three TDs before being replaced early in his second half. The Lions, tied with Segerstrom for second place, close league next week by playing host to first-place Santa Ana.
GARDEN GROVE 69, BOLSA GRANDE 0
The defending Garden Grove League champion and host Argonauts (7-2, 4-0) raced to a 62-0 lead at halftime and clinched at least a share of the league title.
Fitu Lupematasila paced Garden Grove to its 26th consecutive league victory with a well-round effort.
CREAN LUTHERAN 28, MARANATHA 3
Zach MacAdam rushed for two touchdowns and added a receiving one as the visiting Saints defeated the Minutemen (3-5-1) in a nonleague contest at Maranatha High.
Gavin Folsom passed for two touchdowns and completed 14 of 19 attempts for Crean Lutheran (7-2).
SADDLEBACK VALLEY CHRISTIAN 56, CAPISTRANO VALLEY CHRISTIAN 22
It was the "Cade Henjum Show" from beginning to end as the Warriors (6-3, 4-0) defeated the Eagles (2-7, 0-4).
Henjum was lethal with his arm and legs, gaining 475 all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns. He had 367 yards through the air and 108 on the ground.
CORONA DEL MAR 45, NORTHWOOD 7
Quarterback Chase Garbers completed 20 of 25 passes for 264 yards and four passing touchdowns for Corona del Mar (8-1, 4-0), which had a 42-0 lead over Northwood (1-8, 1-3) by halftime.
Corona del Mar wide receiver Billy Shaw had 4 receptions for 82-yards while wide receiver Tae Lee had 4 receptions for 63 yards and two touchdowns.
ALISO NIGUEL 35, DANA HILLS 21
Tyler Jones had three TD receptions- 19, 62 and 78 yards - to the Wolverines (3-6, 1-2) past the Dolphins (1-8, 0-3).
MAGNOLIA 21, SAVANNA 14
Lia Asoau was 12 of 21 passing for 216 yards and one touchdown, Raymond Perez ran for 107 yards and one TD, and Damien Rosales had seven catches 164 yards in the victory for the Sentinels (2-7, 2-2).
KATELLA 55, CENTURY 0
The Knights (9-0, 4-0) clinched at least a share of the Orange League title. Katella scored on all seven of its offensive possesions, and its defense scored a TD. The Centurions (1-8, 0-4) were held to two first downs.
GODINEZ 30, COSTA MESA 0
The Grizzlies (5-4, 4-0) clinched at least a share of the Orange Coast League title by beating the Mustangs (0-9, 0-3).