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Capo Valley goes to air, rips El Rancho

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

MISSION VIEJO - It's no secret that Capistrano Valley likes to throw the football.

The only mystery is who's going to catch it.

Senior quarterback Kevin Brown passed for another 317 yards Friday night, distributing the ball to nine different receivers as the Cougars crushed El Rancho, 59-7, in a nonleague game at home.

Brown hit 23 of 33 passes, with no clear favorite among his receivers. Nathan Manning caught five balls for 45 yards and a touchdown, Matt Blethen had five catches for 54 yards, Riley Kasper hauled in four for 48 yards and Gianni Munoz made three grabs for 111 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown catch.

All this came a week after Brown threw for 249 yards in a 34-0 win over Valencia, and the Capo Valley defense was just as stellar in this one.

The Cougars (2-0) sacked El Rancho quarterback Jason Rodriguez five times and held the Dons to eight three-and-outs in nine possessions in the first half. The only exception was an 80-yard touchdown play on a short sideline pass from Jacob Rodriguez to Gabriel Huerta.

That made it 14-7, but the host Cougars pulled away with a 24-point second quarter on Brown touchdown passes of 75 19 yards to Munoz and 6 yards to Kasper and Brown. Clay Eggeman tacked on a 20-yard field goal to go with his eight extra points.

Capo Valley added a touchdown on Brown's 6-yard run in the third quarter to take a 45-7 lead and trigger a running clock for the fourth quarter.

Brown exited the game at that point, and Manning took over at quarterback, scoring on a 16-yard run to make it 52-7 early in the fourth. On the first play of El Rancho's next possession, Drew Donovan intercepted a pass and took it 28 yards for a 59-7 command with still 9:27 left in the game.

Capo Valley's running game was virtually non-existent, and Brown was sacked four times in the first half. Still, the Cougars took a 14-0 first-quarter lead on two Brown touchdown passes to Kasper covering 10 and 29 yards.

The Cougars' toughest opponent was themselves, as they were flagged for six personal foul penalties.

Capo Valley will host San Juan Hills next Friday in a nonleague game.


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