Saddleback Valley Christian's David Molina leads a pack of defenders as he starts out on a nearly 60-yard kickoff return, giving his team the ball on the 4-yard line to set up their second touchdown midway through the first half Friday night at San Juan Hills High.

After a wild first half, SVC pulls away for win over Calvary Chapel


SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – Saddleback Valley Christian’s homecoming provided a superhero-themed halftime show and a frenetic football show Friday night.

SVC and Calvary Chapel put on an offensive showcase in the first half before SVC pulled away for a 55-27 nonleague win at San Juan Hills High.

Calvary Chapel’s opening drive embodied the fast-and-furious nature of the game to come.

The Eagles’ opening drive went 12 plays in just four minutes and included a fourth-down conversion as Braeden Stack recovered a muffed punt snap and ran for a first down. Patrick Glasgow’s 13-yard touchdown run started the scoring.

Both teams traded fourth-down stops before SVC’s Dalton Lohman burst through the line for a 44-yard touchdown run to tie the score.

David Molina misplayed a punt return to begin SVC’s next possession, but he collected the bouncing ball and ran 43 yards to set up a 7-yard TD run by Lohman and a 14-7 lead.

The score was the first of five consecutive scoring drives by the two teams.

Calvary Chapel (2-3) responded two minutes later on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Glasgow to Jonathan Carnevale that cut SVC’s lead to 14-13.

SVC (5-0) answered with Lohman’s third touchdown run of the night for a 21-13 lead. Lohman finished with 205 yards on 11 carries.

Not to be outdone, Glasgow ran for his third touchdown for Calvary Chapel, but couldn’t get the two-point conversion. The Eagles trailed, 21-19.

Molina’s star shined on the next two drives. The senior scored on a 1-yard run for a 28-19 lead, then intercepted a pass on Calvary Chapel’s next play.

Molina finished with 123 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.

SVC executed its two-minute drill and Cade Henjum ran 16 yards for a touchdown and a 35-19 halftime lead.

The Warriors pulled away in the second half.

SVC’s first possession ended with a 14-yard TD run by Molina. Its second drive started with a 72-yard run by Lohman and was finished one play later with a 1-yard touchdown run by Ryan Deviso for a 48-19 lead.

Molina then returned an interception for a touchdown that extended the lead to 55-19.

The teams combined to commit 23 penalties for 169 yards.

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