Mission Viejo's Brayden Roesch, top, and Cole Paton bring down Crespi's Torrance Brumfield during Friday's CIF-SS Pac-5 Division playoff opener at Mission Viejo.

Mission Viejo makes it look easy vs. Crespi


MISSION VIEJO – Running back Alex Suchesk and Mission Viejo's suffocating defense provided the spark need to help the Diablos start the playoffs with a resounding victory.

Suchesk rushed for 126 yards and scored four touchdowns in the first half, as the Diablos overwhelmed Crespi High of Encino, 45-0, in the first round of the CIF Pac-5 Division playoffs Friday at Mission Viejo High.

“I was hungry to run the ball, and the line did an awesome job opening huge holes for me,” Suchesk said.

The Diablos (11-0), the second seed in the Pac-5 Division, will be on the road next Friday to take on Mater Dei in the second round.

Crespi, who earned an at-large berth into the playoffs, ends the season at 4-7.

“I was happy with the way our team played and executed offensively and defensively,” Diablos coach Bob Johnson said.

“We put together a pretty darn good game plan and my coaches did a great job.”

Suchesk's big night on the ground began less than two minutes into the game, as he capped the Diablos' first drive with a 1-yard touchdown run.

He added another 1-yard score on Mission Viejo's second possession to increase the lead to 14-0.

Daniel Marx made it 21-0 late in the first quarter, bulldozing his way into the end zone from two yards out.

Mission Viejo's defense dominated the Celts' offense from the opening kickoff, holding it to 66 total yards, forcing two turnovers, and registering three sacks.

Suchesk displayed his form as one of the county's best sprinters twice in the final six minutes of the first half. He powered past the Crespi defensive line and accelerated away from tacklers on touchdown runs of 57 and 24 yards, as the Diablos took 38-0 lead into the half.

He sat out the second half, accumulating all of his yards on only 10 carries.

Hunter Bland added the game's final points with a 20-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.

Johnson acknowledged that facing Mater Dei will be an intriguing battle of two of the county's most storied schools.

“It's been a while since we played them and we look forward to it as I'm sure they do too,” Johnson said.

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