Mission Viejo dominates Dana Hills in 77-0 romp


MISSION VIEJO – Mission Viejo came into Friday night’s South Coast League opener against Dana Hills riding a 29-game league winning streak.

The stranglehold on the South Coast seems as secure as ever as they rode a huge first quarter to a 77-0 win over the visiting Dolphins.

Brock Johnson, who threw for 165 yards and three scores, led a quick-strike Diablo attack to six scoring drives in the opening quarter.

One quarter of action was all Johnson needed to dismantle the Dana Hills defense as he made short work of the Dolphins.

Mission Viejo (7-0, 1-0) didn’t start sharply as early penalties and dropped passes slowed down the Diablos’ opening drive. But Mission Viejo would make amends as Olaijah Griffin’s 32-yard reception set up the first score, a 1-yard catch by Austin Osborne.

The Diablo defense was relentless and seemed to be in the Dolphins’ backfield on nearly every snap as Mission Viejo only allowed 10 yards in the first quarter.

Not to be outdone, the special teams also got in the act when Peyton Marshall came off the edge to block a punt, which set up Mission Viejo with a first and goal at the 10-yard line. Jordan Loya scored on the next play to make it 14-0.

After a quick three-and-out by Dana Hills (0-7, 0-1) the Diablos fould the end zone again as Colin Schooler ran for a 15-yard touchdown.

Jacob Clark rushed for 140 yards, 55 of which came on an improbable scoring run in which Clark’s momentum appeared to be stopped but he kept churning his legs while finally breaking loose.

Benjamin Vallier contributed to the ground game by rushing for a team-high 156 yards, including the final score on a 69-yard run.

Mission Viejo outgained Dana Hills 573-214 as the entire second half was played with a running clock.

The Diablos will look to add to their win streak Friday as they host Tesoro.

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