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Mission Viejo unstoppable in 63-7 romp in Maui

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

WAILUKU, Maui, Hawaii - The Mission Viejo football team has traveled to the island of Maui three times, and the latest edition of their Hawaiian sojourn was impressive.

The Diablos scored touchdowns the first five times they had the ball en route to a 63-7 win over Baldwin on Friday night in front of about 500 fans at War Memorial Stadium.

Twice in the first half Mission Viejo (1-0) had touchdowns called back by penalty, but scored on the drives anyway.

Austin Osborne caught three passes in the first half, all for touchdowns (50, 3 and 15 yards). Quarterback Brock Johnson finished 17 for 22 for 267 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. Running back Isaiah Miller carried the ball 11 times for 162 yards, including touchdown runs of 64 and 20 yards.

Mission scored touchdowns twice on two-play drives to start the game, scoring on the 50-yard hookup from Johnson to Osborne and the 64-yard run by Miller to take a 14-0 lead just 5 minutes, 5 seconds into the game.

Baldwin’s defense forced the Diablos to surrender the ball on downs late in the second quarter after three straight incomplete passes by Johnson.

The Bears were limited to 59 first-half yards, while Mission Viejo piled up 372 yards in the first two quarters. For the game, Mission had 653 yards of offense and limited Baldwin to 82.

Mission Viejo coach Bob Johnson said his team still has work to do.

"We've got some (talented) kids, and Brock's a returner, an all-everything guy ... I'm real happy with him," Johnson said. "Miller is a good little back, strong. Osborne, three catches, three TDs, we'll take that."

Mission scored on a five-play, 80-yard drive to start the second half, as Olaijah Griffin caught a 6-yard pass from Johnson.

On their first play of the next drive, Kion Lathan went 85 yards on a run up the middle for a touchdown to make it 49-0 with 4:23 left in the third quarter.

That was the end of the night for Johnson, Osborne, Miller and the rest of the Diablos’ starters.

Baldwin’s Laakea Kahoohanohano-Davis returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for the Bears’ touchdown.

Diablos backup running back Benjamin Vallier broke free up the middle for a 47-yard touchdown run with 6:32 left in the fourth quarter, and third-string running back Alex Weddle broke free for a 32-yard scoring run with 16 seconds remaining to complete the scoring.

Bob Johnson was not happy with a small skirmish that happened in the second quarter.

“It’s our opening game and it got out of hand on both sides and I didn’t like that, neither did their staff,” Johnson said. “They’ve got a classy staff and a good bunch of kids. ... I wish them best."

Mission Viejo's contingent leaves Sunday after spending a week in Maui.

"Tremendous, total bonding," Johnson said of the trip. "We're just guys getting together, sharing rooms, Sunday to Sunday. It's been great."

***     ***     ***    

Mission Viejo  21 14 14 14 — 63
Baldwin             0   0   7    0 — 7

First Quarter
MV—Austin Osborne 50 pass from Brock Johnson (Josh Davey kick), 9:51.
MV—Isaiah Miller 64 run (Davey kick), 6:55.
MV—Osborne 3 pass from Johnson (Davey kick), 1:28.
Second Quarter
MV—Miller 20 run (Davey kick), 10:12.
MV—Osborne 15 pass (Davey kick), 5:25.
Third Quarter
MV—Elijah Griffin 6 pass from Johnson (Davey kick), 8:15.
MV—Kion Lathan 85 run (Davey kick), 4:23.
B—Laakea Kahoohanohano-Davis 80 kickoffr return (Kelii Kaiama kick), 4:09.
Fourth Quarter
MV—Benjamin Vallier 47 run (Davey kick), 6:32.
MV—Alex Weddle 32 run (Davey kick), 0:16.



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