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Fryer: Mission Viejo doing everything right

OCVARSITY.COM

CERRITOS – Mission Viejo did it last year, and is going to do it again.

The Diablos went 10-0 in the regular season in 2012. On Friday night, they walloped La Habra, 46-21.

A preseason study of the Mission Viejo 2013 schedule led to the conclusion that three regular-season opponents could give Mission Viejo a challenge: Don Bosco Prep of New Jersey, La Habra and, in the South Coast League, Trabuco Hills.

Mission beat Don Bosco Prep, 28-25, in overtime last week. The Diablos dominated La Habra, 46-21, Friday night. They play Trabuco Hills on Nov. 1.

The Diablos did so much right Friday. They produced four turnovers and got 17 points off of them. Mission Viejo has a multi-faceted offense, and a quick defense – yes, a typical Diablos team.

Mission Viejo made one turnover, but that was a backup quarterback's interception when the outcome was certain.

Trabuco Hills is good and is 4-0 for the first time since 1992, before the kids on this year's team were born. The Mustangs have beaten four good teams – Dana Hills, Newport Harbor, Fountain Valley and, on Friday, Huntington Beach, 27-17. But none of those teams is in Mission Viejo's class.

Mission Viejo got to the second round of the Pac-5 Division playoffs last year, losing to eventual champion Long Beach Poly. The Diablos also went undefeated in the 2010 regular season. They took a 13-0 record into the Pac-5 final in which Mission lost to Servite.

It's a tough division, that Pac-5. Mission Viejo is No. 2 in the division rankings, behind St. John Bosco. Mater Dei is No. 3, and Alemany of Mission Hills is No. 4.

Mission Viejo took a 16-0 lead in the first quarter. La Habra did make it 16-7, but Mission quickly took control and never lost it.

The game featured two great defensive ends, La Habra's Greg Gaines and Mission Viejo's Michael Mathewes. Gaines is 6-foot-2 and 296 pounds, and committed to Boise State. Mathewes is 6-5 and 245, and should be on the radar of more big college programs than he is at this point.

You look at this score, Villa Park 43-29 over Dana Hills, and think it had to be a runaway like Mission Viejo-La Habra. But Villa Park had a 22-6 lead early and Dana Hills tied it, 22-22, in the fourth quarter before Villa Park went off in the final eight minutes.

Tight end Louis Vecchio scored three touchdowns for Villa Park. He has to be a featured part of the offense for the Spartans to keep winning.

Casey Eugenio is a featured part of offense, defense and special teams at JSerra. He rushed for 178 yards and four touchdowns as the Lions hammered Buena Park, 52-13.

There were some neighborhood rivalry games Friday. Yorba Linda beat Esperanza, 23-10. Godinez beat its west Santa Ana neighborhood rival, Segerstrom, for the first time, 22-16.

In one of the bigger rivalries in county football, Corona del Mar beat Newport Harbor, 34-14, at a wild, sold-out LeBard Stadium on the Orange Coast College campus.

Corona del Mar has won CIF championships the past two years, but Friday's win might have bigger than those two titles. Newport Harbor had defeated Corona del Mar for six years in a row in the Battle of The Bay series.

Decades ago, TV host Art Linkletter had a segment on his show called “Kids Say the Darnedest Things.”

They still do.

Newport Harbor standout receiver Quest Truxton made a prediction on the Corona del Mar game. “I don't think it'll be close,” Truxton said.

He was right … sort of.

And the way Mission Viejo is playing, the Diablos might not be in a close game for a couple of months.

Contact the writer: sfryer@ocregister.com


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