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Orange records second straight shutout
ORANGE – Miguel Orendain had four touchdowns (three rushing) and Brandon Warren added two rushing scores as Orange rolled past Anaheim, 39-0, Saturday night in a nonleague game at El Modena High.
Orange (2-0) recorded its second consecutive shutout to open the season. The Panthers have outscored their opponents, 82-0, this year.
Anaheim (0-1) edged Orange, 12-10, in the teams’ season opener the year before.
Warren said his team is more equipped to play a physical style of football this year, and it was largely responsible for Orange’s revenge against the Colonists.
“Tonight was great because we came back strong,” Warren said. “Weight room all year and just kept on pounding it.”
The Panthers dominated the line of scrimmage. The offensive line of Ricardo Alberto, Noah Tiliaia-Faletoi, Juan Medrano, Cody Remigio and Keanu Tongilava allowed Orange to outgain Anaheim, 285-75, on the ground.
Nathan Howard had a game-high 103 rushing yards.
Orange’s shutdown defensive front meant that Anaheim had to put the ball in the air, something it was reluctant to do with ball-hawking cornerback Jordan Schmidt roaming the secondary.
Schmidt had three interceptions to help his team turn away the Colonists with ease.
“I think that we have an incredible defense,” Schmidt said. “Bunch of young kids that can blow up gaps, especially the defensive line.”
In the first half, the Panthers’ offense was gifted several short fields by their defense. Luis Correa and Schmidt snagged interceptions. Tiliaia-Faletoi and Julian Morariu also recovered fumbles.
Orange converted just one of those four turnovers into a touchdown, a 15-yard run by Warren on the first play following Morariu’s fumble recovery.
It was enough to give Orange a 12-0 lead going into the half.
Orendain connected with Jacob Tuua-Burch for a 42-yard touchdown on the Panthers’ opening drive.
Raymond Serna had a team-high 47 rushing yards for Anaheim. Richard Sanchez added 32 rushing yards and a sack.