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  • Mater Dei marches past Tesoro with LaMarche, freshman QB BY STEVE FRYER
    SANTA ANA – A couple of years from now, it might be remembered as the game in which JT Daniels made his freshman debut as Mater Dei’s quarterback. Now, though, it will stand as a game in which Brandon LaMarche again carried the offensive load and the defense was mean and nasty again. Mater Dei beat Tesor
    Sat Sep 05, 2015
  • Foothill defense holds its ground vs. Tustin BY DAN ALBANO
    TUSTIN – An overflow crowd filled the stands and hung over the fences at Tustin on Friday night to watch longtime rivals face off. Foothill and Tustin kept them hanging onto the drama until the final seconds. Foothill used a defensive stand from its 5-yard line in the final 1:20 of the fourth quarter to seal a 13-7 victory
    Sat Sep 05, 2015
  • Mission Viejo coach has nothing to worry about BY JOHN SCAFETTA
    MISSION VIEJO – Mission Viejo coach Bob Johnson wasn’t fazed when facing the fact his inexperienced offensive line would be playing without its star tackle Friday night. Johnson knew he could offset that gaping hole with his cache of offensive weapons. Senior running back Isaiah Miller found that hole an
    Sat Sep 05, 2015
  • San Juan Hills, O'Brien roll over Canyon BY DAN ARRITT
    ORANGE – San Juan Hills didn’t let last week’s big upset victory lead to a letdown Friday against Canyon. The Stallions simply picked up where they left off in the 32-14 victory at El Modena High. San Juan Hills quarterback Patrick O’Brien completed 29 of 38 passes for 275 yards and a touchdown and ran for
    Sat Sep 05, 2015
  • OCVarsity Hot Shots: Friday's Fandemonium
    Check out the Register’s photos of the fans, bands, cheerleaders and spirit group in its “Fandemonium” slideshow from Friday night’s high school football games (Sept. 4, 2015).
    Fri Sep 04, 2015
  • San Clemente rebounds to beat Huntington Beach BY NATHAN PERCY
    SAN CLEMENTE – In response to last week’s upset loss, San Clemente did some soul-searching before its Week 1 matchup with Huntington Beach. That time to reflect paid dividends as the Tritons scored on their first four possessions and routed the Oilers in a nonleague game, 51-21, Friday at San Clemente High. “I t
    Fri Sep 04, 2015
  • Dinh rallies Westminster past Garden Grove BY SCOTT FRENCH
    WESTMINSTER – Matt Dinh drove Westminster on a pair of fourth-quarter scoring drives, and the Lions’ defense stiffened after a tough first quarter as they stunned visiting Garden Grove, the defending champion and top-ranked team in the CIF-SS Southern Division, in a season-opening showdown Friday night. Dinh’s 5-
    Fri Sep 04, 2015
  • Edison's fast start propels it past Buena Park BY DEVIN UGLAND
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – Edison doesn’t lose season-opening games often – the last time it happened before last week’s loss to Tesoro was in 2002 against Iolani of Honolulu. But when the Chargers do drop their first game of the season, their next opponent is typically in for a long evening. “We were out fo
    Fri Sep 04, 2015
  • Second-half surge helps Esperanza roll Irvine BY STEVE FRYER
    YORBA LINDA – Esperanza dominated the second half Thursday in a 39-15 win over Irvine at Yorba Linda High in the season opener for both. The Aztecs outscored the Vaqueros, 32-0, in the second half. Irvine had taken a 15-7 lead early in the third quarter. Patrick Campos rushed for 157 yards and four touchdowns. In the
    Thu Sep 03, 2015
  • Fryer: Officiating crews of 7 now more common BY STEVE FRYER
    Seven-man officiating crews will become more commonplace in football. The Edison-Tesoro game last week used a seven-man crew. So did Huntington Beach’s home game against West Adams Prep of Los Angeles, Fountain Valley-Servite and Bishop Amat-Mater Dei. Tesoro-Mater Dei tonight at Santa Ana Stadium will have a seven-man crew.
    Thu Sep 03, 2015
  • Offensive line clears the way for Beckman BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    TUSTIN – - For starters, this one went well for everyone associated with the Beckman football program. Beckman, under new coach Marcello Giuliano, used all facets of its attack, leading to a 29-14 season-opening victory over visiting Santa Ana Valley on Thursday at Tustin High. I’Jon Akahi rushed for 165
    Thu Sep 03, 2015
  • Telenko stars for No. 8 Los Alamitos BY DAN ALBANO
    LONG BEACH – Los Alamitos played host to a trio of former Orange County players Thursday, but the Griffins weren’t in the mood for pleasantries at Veterans Stadium. The county’s eighth-ranked team was still
    Thu Sep 03, 2015
  • Troy turns to Shaw for second-half comeback BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    FULLERTON – - Halftime adjustments are vital in determining who wins tight football games. Fortunately for Troy’s coaching staff, the only real piece of fine-tuning it had to do during Thursday’s intermission included inserting its workhorse running back into the contest when the second-half whistle blew. After
    Thu Sep 03, 2015
  • OCVarsity On the Record: Ties, upsets and a wild Week 0 BY BRIAN WHITEHEAD AND DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Welcome back to OCVarsity On the Record with Brian Whitehead and Damian Calhoun! This week, the guys share their musings on Week 0 and preview Week 1. What did Tesoro and San Juan Hills declare with victories over ranked Week 0 opponents? Can the Trinity League be stopped? And why couldn't Damian get Segerstrom and Santa Ana Vall
    Thu Sep 03, 2015
  • OCVarsity's Trinity League podcast for Week 1 BY DAN ALBANO
    The latest Trinity League football podcast by Dan Albano and Scott Barajas, former publisher of Orange County's Gridiron magazine, is live. Episode 2 of the first-season podcast features an interview with
    Thu Sep 03, 2015
  • Updated: O.C.'s Top 39 recruits for 2016 BY DAN ALBANO
    The Register's Dan Albano continues to update his list of Orange County's top football recruits for the Class of 2016. In late August, OCVarsity will reveal its annual O.C. Hot 150 list -- which ranks the top players in the county based on-field performance and expectations and not soley on recruiting. The
    Thu Sep 03, 2015
  • Fryer on Football: Previews, predictions for Week 1 BY STEVE FRYER
    OCVarsity's Steve Fryer has previews and predictions for some of the top games this week.  GAME OF THE WEEK NO. 5 TE
    Wed Sep 02, 2015
  • Garrett White adds to family legacy at Edison BY DAN ALBANO
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – A smile gleams from Garrett White as he remembers growing up with two older brothers who included him in their roughhousing play. From being tossed into the family couch during WWE-style wrestling to a basketball game that would have generated a few flagrant fouls, he excitedly races through his formative
    Wed Sep 02, 2015
  • Calhoun Countdown: Tustin-Foothill our favorite rivalry BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    This week the Calhoun Countdown spotlight is on …. Tustin vs. Foothill. There are several good rivalries across the county, but for the staff here in the Calhoun Countdown office (myself), my favorite is Tustin vs. Foothill. According to MapQuest (and you can always trust MapQuest), the schools are separated by approximate
    Tue Sep 01, 2015
  • OCVarsity Gridiron Crew visits Tesoro for Week 1
    The OCVarsity Gridiron Crew - Steve Fryer, Dan Albano and Jonathan Khamis - stopped by Tesoro on Monday to discuss the Orange County football scene. Among the topics: Can Tesor
    Tue Sep 01, 2015
  • CIF-SS preseason boys water polo polls (8-31-15) BY DAN ALBANO
    The CIF-SS released its 2015 preseason coaches polls in boys water polo on Monday:  Division 1 1. Harvard-Westlake (defending champion) 2. Mater Dei 3. Loyola
    Tue Sep 01, 2015
  • Santa Ana Unified honors first group for new Hall of Fame BY STEVE FRYER
    The Santa Ana Unified School District celebrated the opening of its Santa Ana Public Schools Sports Complex by inducting 27 members into its first athletics hall of fame. Inductees names are on a Wall of Fame at the complex.
    Tue Sep 01, 2015
  • OCVarsity O.C. Top 10 for Week 1 BY STEVE FRYER
    Here is this week's updated OCVarsity football poll for Week 1 of the season: OCVARSITY'S O.C. TOP 10
    Mon Aug 31, 2015
  • Fryer on football: Mater Dei had the will to win BY STEVE FRYER
    Mater Dei trailed Bishop Amat of La Puente by a touchdown at halftime this past Friday night. The Monarchs won, 24-21. That has the looks of a game in which one team perhaps out-condit
    Mon Aug 31, 2015
  • Albano notebook: San Juan Hills moving up BY DAN ALBANO
    San Juan Hills coach Aaron Flowers didn’t want to dwell on it, but he knows the perception of his team’s season-opening triumph against then-No. 9 San Clemente. Bigg
    Mon Aug 31, 2015