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Mission Viejo's DeMarlo Cobbins moves around a San Juan Hills defender and makes a break for the sideline during a game at Mission Viejo High School in Mission Viejo on Friday, October 14, 2016. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

Mission Viejo proves relentless in victory

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

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.


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