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Yorba Linda blanks Troy to snap 6-game losing streak

CONTRIBTUING WRITER

YORBA LINDA – Yorba Linda snapped a six-game losing streak dating to last season with a 38-0 victory over Troy in a nonleague game Friday on the Mustangs’ field.

“It’s been a long time,” Yorba Linda coach Jeff Bailey said. “We got the monkey off our back.”

Yorba Linda (1-1) controlled the line of scrimmage, opening up holes for tailbacks Mason Winter and Matt Laoretti and providing quarterback Kamren Freck with good protection. Winter rushed for 152 yards on 27 carries including touchdowns of 1 and 20 yards. Laoretti added 73 yards on nine carries and had touchdown runs of 18 and 3 yards.

Freck, a 6-foot, 170-pound senior, completed 7 of 13 passes for 121 yards and didn’t throw an interception. He showed arm strength and accuracy on a 45-yard touchdown pass to Luke Adams in the second quarter.

Yorba Linda led 31-0 at the half.

Troy (1-2) had running back Dray Shaw, its best offensive weapon, for only one play, a 1-yard run in the first quarter. Shaw has been slowed by a sprained ankle since the start of the season. The Warriors also lost starting center Trevor O’Brien with an injury in the first quarter.

The Warriors had 16 yards rushing and sophomore quarterback Josiah Norwood completed 8 of 17 for 105 yards and had one interception.

“They were a lot more physical than we were,” Troy coach Kevin Hastin said. “We didn’t play tough.”

Winter (5-8, 190 pounds) is an inside-the-tackles runner who reads blocks well and slips tackles. He has some speed, too. Winter had a 31-yard run on Yorba Linda’s first touchdown drive, which covered 53 yards in nine plays and ended with his run from the 1.

“Winter played great,” Bailey said.


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