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Mission Viejo proves relentless in victory
MISSION VIEJO – Mission Viejo students traveled through time for their homecoming show, and the second-ranked Diablos football team looked as good as it has at any time.
Mission Viejo scored on its first six drives in a dominating 57-28 win over San Juan Hills in a South Coast League game at Mission Viejo High on Friday.
“Our defensive and our offensive staff, I just love ’em.,” Mission Viejo coach Bob Johnson said. “They’re really good coaches and I’ve been with them a long time. I’m really blessed. A lot of credit goes to both those sides.”
Mission Viejo (8-0, 2-0) got out quickly and scored on all five first-half drives.
Matthew McDonald marched the Diablos down the field with 15-yard and 22-yard passes to Olijah Griffin and a 32-yard bomb to Gio Pavon. Colin Schooler cleaned up with the first of his four touchdowns on a 3-yard run.
“They were giving us what we wanted,” McDonald said. “My line gave me time. We ran the ball great. It’s just a great overall offensive game.”
McDonald finished 10-of-15 passing for 259 yards and two touchdowns. Griffin caught nine passes for 115 yards and a score.
Schooler carried the ball seven times for 110 yards and four touchdowns.
San Juan Hills (6-2, 1-1) responded quickly as Matt Rodriguez connected on big passes to Brady Bjorkman for 27 yards and Jacob Huff for a 33-yard touchdown and 7-7 tie.
But that was all Mission Viejo would allow in the first half, forcing the Stallions into three straight three-and-outs. Time expired on San Juan Hills’ last possession of the half.
The Diablos retook the lead on a 1-yard TD run by Schooler just before the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, McDonald hooked up with Austin Osborne on a 51-yard touchdown pass as the Stallions tried to jump the route for an interception.
After Schooler punched in a touchdown from 1-yard out again, four consecutive carries by Demarlo Cobbins were bookended by a 40-yard burst and a 1-yard score for a 36-7 Mission Viejo lead at halftime.
McDonald started the second-half scoring with a 55-yard touchdown pass to Griffin for a 42-7 lead.
San Juan Hills got touchdown passes to Bjorkman (12 yards) and Huff (20 yards), but Schooler ended the comeback and the third quarter with a blazing 72-yard TD run.