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2014 Boys Football Archive Stories

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  • New state rules for football signed into law BY STEVE FRYER
    The head coach in Sacramento just sent in a new play. Local high school football teams are trying to figure out how to run it. Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law AB2127, which limits full-contact football practices at the high school and middle school level. The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, will limit teams to t
    Mon Jul 21, 2014
  • Los Al's Johnson headed to U.S. Army game By DAN ALBANO
    Los Alamitos punter Blake Johnson captured an Army All-American punting competition over the weekend and has accepted a spot in the U.S. Army All-American Game, the Griffins football program rep
    Mon Jul 21, 2014
  • Tesoro takes third in Surf City passing tournament BY ANTONIO MORALES
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – Tesoro’s defense struggled mightily in a semifinal loss to Bishop Amat of La Puente in the Surf City passing tournament at Huntington Beach High on Saturday. The Titans’ defense came together in the tournament’s third-place game as they picked off Santa Margarita quarterback KJ Costello four tim
    Mon Jul 21, 2014
  • Mater Dei's Humphreys commits to Duke By DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei wide receiver/safety Ben Humphreys (6-2 1/2 205) has committed to Duke, the senior-to-be confirmed Saturday night. Humphreys is one of county's most versatile players. He also c
    Sat Jul 19, 2014
  • San Clemente's Darnold commits to USC BY DAN ALBANO
    San Clemente senior-to-be quarterback and Elite 11 selection Sam Darnold has committed to USC, he confirmed Friday. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Darnold had narrowed his choices to the Trojans, Utah and Duke but said in a text message that he picked USC because, “I want to stay in SoCal for the rest of my life and the opportunity
    Fri Jul 18, 2014
  • Football recruiting: Mater Dei's Humphreys eyes August trim By DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei senior-to-be wide receiver/safety Ben Humphreys (6-2 1/2, 205) -- one of the county's fastest rising juniors at the end of last season -- plans to trim his college list to a top-three o
    Wed Jul 16, 2014
  • Football: San Clemente takes second at passing tournament By DAN ALBANO
    San Clemente and quarterback Sam Darnold placed second over the weekend at the Under Armour Rumble at the Ranch Passing League tournament at El Rancho, Tritons football coach Jaime Ortiz
    Wed Jul 16, 2014
  • Football: Huntington Beach hosting Surf City passing tournament Saturday By DAN ALBANO
    Reigning state champion St. John Bosco will be among the teams competing Saturday at Huntington Beach's Surf City passing and linemen competitions. The passing competition begins at 8:45 a.m. and also feat
    Mon Jul 14, 2014
  • Football recruiting: Los Al punter receiving SEC interest By DAN ALBANO
    HUNTINGTON BEACH Los Alamitos punter Blake Johnson is receiving recruiting interest from Arkansas, the senior-to-be said over the weekend at the
    Mon Jul 14, 2014
  • Notes: Santa Margarita earns respect at Battle of the Beach By DAN ALBANO
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – Even from afar Saturday, it seemed clear that Santa Margarita’s KJ Costello received positive words from several St. John Bosco players as he navigated the teams’ postgame handshake at the Edison passing tournament. The junior-to-be quarterback comfortably chatted with a cluster of his Trinity
    Sat Jul 12, 2014
  • Football: Hart of Newhall captures Edison passing tournament By DAN ALBANO
    Hart of Newhall and quarterback Brady White defeated St. John Bosco and quarterback Josh Rosen, 19-13, to capture Edison's "Battle at the Beach" passing tournament Saturday. In th
    Sat Jul 12, 2014
  • Notebook: Los Alamitos' Telenko passes first test BY ANTONIO MORALES
    The bracket-makers for Edison's "Battle at the Beach" passing tournament on Saturday didn't do Los Alamitos any favors. In the Griffins' bracket was defending Open Division state champion St. John Bosco, Open division regional runner up Centennial of Corona, and 2012 Division 2 state champion Serra of Gardena. Los Alamitos went 1
    Sat Jul 12, 2014
  • Costello ready to be tested in 'Battle at the Beach' BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA School is out for the summer, but for Santa Margarita quarterback KJ Costello and teammates, class remains in session. The 2014 season will usher in a new era for the Eagles, led by their new coach, Rick Curtis, who was hired in December to replace Harry Welch. With the change in leader
    Fri Jul 11, 2014
  • Notes: North adjustments helped spark win By DAN ALBANO
    COSTA MESA A closer look at some of the key factors in the North’s 12-6 victory in the Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game on Thursday night at Orange Coast College: • The North’s Fullerton coaches made three important adjustments at halftime, trailing, 6-0, after two quarters. First, the North’s offensi
    Fri Jul 11, 2014
  • Football recruiting: Fullerton's Soto picks up offer By: ANTONIO MORALES
    Fullerton wide receiver/defensive back Kaene Soto (5-11, 170) has picked up an offer from the University of San Diego according to Indians coach Gus Martinez. As a junior, Soto posted 39 receptions for 701 yards and seven touchdowns.  Former Fullerton linebacker Matt Hall will begin p
    Fri Jul 11, 2014
  • Summer notebook: O.C. players inivted to U.S. camp
    Huntington Beach pitcher Hagen Danner and Mater Dei pitcher Nick Pratto were among the Orange County players selected to participate in the U.S. 17U National Team Development Program. The players were invited to a training camp Aug. 11-15 in Cary, N.C. Also selected were Aliso Niguel catcher Blake Sabol, Mate
    Fri Jul 11, 2014
  • North win brings sigh of relief BY DAN ALBANO
    COSTA MESA – The North vowed this week to break the South’s dominance in the Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game. On Thursday night, they made good on their promise. Quarterback Scott Lloyd of Fullerton threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Servite receiver Neil Pau’u with 1:32 left in the fourth quarter for the go
    Thu Jul 10, 2014
  • Servite's Waller has big final day at Elite 11
    The last day of Nike's Elite 11 quarterback camp was filled with highlights and a special honor for Servite's Travis Waller. The 6-foot-3 Waller jumped up in the camp's final rankings Thursday night in Beaverton, Ore., finishing No. 3 in the competition that brought together the nation's top 18 quarterbacks in the class of 20
    Thu Jul 10, 2014
  • Football: South all-stars make late roster addition By DAN ALBANO
    The South has added two-way lineman Sean Mastro of Huntington Beach to its roster for tonight's Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game, South coach Eric Lo of Huntington Beach said. Mastro (6
    Thu Jul 10, 2014
  • Katella's Ashmeade beats adversity By DAN ALBANO
    FULLERTON TJ Ashmeade knows about beating long odds and staying motivated. The running back from Katella has earned a spot in the same backfield for Thursday’s Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game as standout runners from Mater Dei (Justin Allen) and Servite (Nick Loppicola). The Orange and Trinity le
    Thu Jul 10, 2014
  • Darnold, Waller earn high praise at Elite 11
    San Clemente's Sam Darnold and Servite's Travis Waller will have a lot to talk about after spending a week at the nation's most prestigious summer showcase for high school quarterbacks. The Elite 11 camp, which is held in Beaverton, Ore., and limited to players entering their senior year, is known for testing quarterbacks i
    Wed Jul 09, 2014
  • North doesn't want South to rise again BY DAN ALBANO
    One team seemed to downplay the importance of the streak while the other team couldn’t stop talking about it. Yes, it was a matter of perspective this week as the North and South teams discussed one of the main story lines for Thursday night’s Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game at Orange Coast College. Kickoff is schedule
    Wed Jul 09, 2014
  • North scrimmage: Offense shows arsenal By DAN ALBANO
    FULLERTON Highlights and notes from the North’s hour-long scrimmage Tuesday night as it prepared for Thursday’s Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game at Orange Coast College: * Quarterbacks Scott Lloyd of Fullerton and Dylan Osborne of Villa Park each showed good timing and accuracy on their short passes. Osbor
    Tue Jul 08, 2014
  • Connette builds game plan around his ill mother BY DAN ALBANO
    FULLERTON – Adam Connette decided weeks ago that he would play Thursday’s Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game for someone other than himself. The Orange Lutheran wide receiver selected his mother. “She doesn’t really have much longer because she has cancer,” he explained. “This might
    Tue Jul 08, 2014
  • Football: Capo Valley Christian names Preszler coach By DAN ALBANO
    Capistrano Valley Christian has named Eric Preszler as its football coach, replacing Dan Dodd who has returned to the college ranks, Preszler said Monday night at the South practice for the O.C.
    Tue Jul 08, 2014