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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.