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Mission Viejo attack derails San Juan Hills
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – Receivers were getting very open. Brock Johnson was very good at getting the ball to them.
Johnson completed 17 of 20 passes for a season-high 311 yards and two touchdowns to lead Mission Viejo to a 48-20 win over San Juan Hills in a South Coast League game at San Juan Hills High.
Mission Viejo is 9-0 overall and 3-0 in the South Coast League. The Diablos play their final regular season game at El Toro next Friday and would clinch a share of their seventh straight league title with a win there. They have a bye on the last week of the regular season.
It was the first loss for San Juan Hills. The Stallions are 7-1 overall and 1-1 in the league. They play a home game against Dana Hills next Friday and conclude the regular season at Tesoro on Nov. 6.
POSTGAME TALK: What Mission Viejo did to beat San Juan Hills
Mission Viejo is No. 2 in the Orange County top 10, behind Mater Dei. San Juan Hills is No. 7 in the county.
Both are CalHiSports.com’s California top 25. Mission Viejo is at No. 8, San Juan Hills at No. 21. In the CIF-Southern Section West Valley Division rankings, Mission Viejo is No. 1 and San Juan Hills is No. 5 (Tesoro is No. 3).
The win pushed Mission Viejo’s league winning streak to 32 games. The Diablos hold the county record for consecutive league wins, 2000-07, with 44.
It is the Diablos’ 21st consecutive overall win. Their last loss was to Oceanside in the second game of the 2014 season. Mission Viejo then won its next 12 games, including a 21-10 win over Vista Murrieta in the CIF-Southern Section West Valley Division championship game at Angel Stadium.
Mission Viejo’s Austin Osborne, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound sophomore receiver, had seven receptions for 156 yards and returned a kickoff 72 yards for a touchdown.
Diablos senior running back Isaiah Miller rushed for 159 yards and three touchdowns. He scored on runs of 28, 17 and 11 yards.
Mission Viejo’s first punt happened with 4:01 left in the fourth quarter.
Both of Johnson’s touchdown passes went to Jason Lee, Lee’s only catches of the game, covering 23 and 20 yards.
Colin Schooler, a junior, caught four passes for 54 yards. His senior brother, Brenden Schooler, had three receptions for 33 yards.
“The receivers came to play tonight,” said Johnson, who was 7 of 8 for 116 yards in the first quarter. “We were ready to go and it showed.”
Mission Viejo had a 34-0 lead at halftime.
The Diablos defense kept San Juan Hills quarterback Patrick O’Brien from being effective. O’Brien completed 29 of 40 passes for 207 yards.
Johnson’s average yards per completion Friday: 18.3. O’Brien’s: 9.9.
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