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Four to cheer about at Trabuco Hills
HUNTINGTON BEACH – Another week, another tough opponent, another win. The victory laps continue for Trabuco Hills.
Mustangs coach Scott Orloff stood before his players following a 27-17 win against Huntington Beach on Friday and offered two directives.
“Give yourselves a round of applause,” Orloff said.
As soon as they finished clapping, the talk was all about next week's opponent, Santa Margarita.
“It gets a little tougher for us,” Orloff said outside of the cluster at Huntington Beach High. “We got the Trinity League coming up. We got to tighten up. These are great kids. I think they're up for the challenge.”
No. 7 Trabuco Hills, which improved to 4-0 for the first time since 1992, met the challenge of No. 14 Huntington Beach (2-2) on the strength of its defense and the play of quarterback Tommy Kelley. The senior persevered through some early drops to complete 14 of 27 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns.
He found an open Jacob Breeland behind the Oilers' secondary in the third quarter for a 79-yard touchdown that gave Trabuco Hills a 27-10 lead. The Mustangs' defense maintained control from there.
After giving up a 3-yard touchdown run to Huntington Beach running back Hunter Simmons on the Oilers' first possession, the Mustangs surrendered just a field goal over Huntington Beach's next nine possessions. Trabuco Hills forced four punts, made three stops on fourth downs and Matthew Laney recorded an interception.
Oilers quarterback Kai Ross was mostly held in check while completing 16 of 25 passes for 203 yards and a late touchdown. He rushed for 71 yards on 22 carries and Simmons had 151 rushing yards.
“We bent a lot but we didn't break,” Orloff said. “Our defense stepped up at some critical times.”
Trabuco Hills held a 20-10 halftime lead after Huntington Beach was penalized 12 times for 125 yards in the first half. During one second-quarter drive, the Oilers reached Trabuco Hills' 14 before an ambush of infractions had them staring at fourth-and-59 from their own 27.
After the Oilers punted, Mustangs quarterback Jimmy Jacobs connected with Conner O'Malley for a 34-yard touchdown to break a 7-7 tie.
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