MISSION VIEJO - The Mission Viejo sighs of relief could be both heard and seen when El Toro quarterback Trey Tinsley’s fourth-down pass sailed out of bounds with just over a minute remaining in the contest.
After slowing down the Chargers high-powered offense for the first 20 minutes of the second half, the Diablos defense withstoo
COSTA MESA - JSerra passed its first test as Orange County’s top-ranked team, but the Lions took a giant step toward a more important landmark Thursday night in the Trinity League.
With their faithful chanting “CIF! CIF! CIF!” from the stands in the closing seconds, the Lions held off No. 5 Orange Lutheran, 24-20, at Or
SAN CLEMENTE - Andrew Frohner made an interception in the end zone late in the fourth quarter to preserve San Clemente’s win over Trabuco Hills on Thursday.
Or so it seemed.
Trabuco Hills recovered a San Clemente fumble to get another chance. On fourth and goal at the San Clemente 5-yard line with just over a minute
There are two weeks left in the regular season, and league titles and playoff spots up for graps all across the county.
OCVarsity's Kenny Connolly takes a look at every team and every league race. (Each team and league was updated after Thursday night's games.)
Click on the links below to the league and team breakdowns:
This is the place to find all of OCVarsity's game stories, photos, scores, league updates, video and more from the Week 9 football games on Thursday night:
Playoff Picture: Breaking down the league races
LA HABRA - La Habra’s reign on top of the Freeway League has been tested greatly this year, but Thursday night, the Highlanders again proved why they’ve been on top for so long.
With a one-touchdown lead, the Highlanders were unable to recover the onside kick with less than two minutes remaining, but found one final defensive
Scores from the CIF Southern Section football games on Thursday night:
SOUTHERN SECTIONACADEMY LEAGUEBrethren Christian 35, Crean Lutheran 28AMBASSADOR LEAGUERiverside Notre Dame 49, Western Christian 35BASELINE LEAGUEChino Hills 38, E
IRVINE - Brethren Christian quarterback Conner Miller set the Orange County single-season touchdown record in dramatic fashion Thursday night.
Miller threw his fourth touchdown of the night, a 59-yard screen pass to Andrew Assaf with 44 seconds left in the game, to lift the Warriors to a 35-28 victory over Crean Lutheran in
ORANGE - A big gamble paid off for Canyon in a key North Hills League game on Thursday night, and the Comanches came away with a 22-21 overtime victory over Brea Olinda at El Modena High School. The victory gives the Comanches (3-6, 2-0) at least a share of first place and and a berth in the Southern Division playoffs with one game remain
ANAHEIM - Kennedy had Cypress star Quinten Pounds bottled up and the Centurions on the ropes in an Empire League game Thursday night at Western High.
Pounds, who committed to Washington the day before, didn’t catch a pass and gained 78 yards on 11 carries. But the swift 6-foot-1, 180-pounder was there when Cypress needed him
LA HABRA – Each week Buena Park coach Anthony White chooses a word to use as motivation for his players.
This week, White emphasized the word ‘effort.’
The Coyotes responded with an impressive effort Thursday. Quarterback Zach Taylor threw four touchdown passes and ran for a TD to lead the Coyotes
TUSTIN – Corona del Mar quarterback Chase Garbers acknowledged that it can be a little tough being thrown from the bench into the fire of a game.
He sure didn’t show any ill effects from it Thursday night against Beckman.
Garbers completed 9 of 11 passes for 159 yards and three touchdowns as the Sea Kings defea
GARDEN GROVE - Bolsa Grande had a plan to keep visiting Rancho Alamitos’ high-powered passing attack on the sidelines, using a ball-control running game to mount long, time-consuming drives.
It was rather effective, at least in the first half, but it did little to slow down Vaqueros quarterback Nick Brown once the ball was in his h
DANA POINT - Behind a strong performance from its offensive line, San Juan Hills used a solid rushing attack to secure a 35-21 victory over Dana Hills in a South Coast League game Thursday at Dana Hills High.
Quarterback Patrick O’Brien scored three touchdowns and running back Mike Miscione added two second-half scores as the Stall
MISSION VIEJO - Jordan Bocko had no intentions of making Thursday night’s regular-season finale against Aliso Niguel his last game of the season.
“We treated this game like it was the playoffs,” the Capistrano Valley junior said. “You win the game, you may get to the playoffs. You lose, you go home.”
GARDEN GROVE - Pacifica and Western met Thursday night at Garden Grove High with both teams hoping to leave the other behind in the Empire League basement.
Pacifica produced the game’s first five scores and cruised to a 35-6 victory over the Pioneers (1-8 overall, 0-4 in league).
The Mariners (2-7, 1-3) snapped a six-game l
HUNTINGTON BEACH – Ocean View’s football team is having a historic season.
The Seahawks remained perfect in league this year by defeating Segerstrom, 27-6, on Thursday night in a Golden West League game at Ocean View High.
Ocean View (7-2, 4-0) locked down a playoff berth with the win. The Seahawks will be seeking the
SANTA ANA — Lupe Lopez rushed for 110 yards on 10 carries and scored four touchdowns Thursday night as Magnolia routed Santa Ana Valley, 35-7, to keep their Orange League playoff hopes alive.
The Sentinels (4-5, 2-2) can clinch a postseason berth with a win next week against Century, while the Falcons (5-4, 2-2) must beat fi
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Welcome to Week 2 of what remains an unnamed OCVarsity podcast! (Although, "Off the Cuff with Brian Whitehead and Damian Calhoun" has a nice ring to it.)
This week, the guys discuss league championships, postseason berths and divisional rankings; high schools without yard markers on their football field; the merit of intangibles; the hap
OCVARSITY GAME OF THE WEEK
NO. 3 SANTA MARGARITA (6-2, 2-1) VS. NO. 2 MATER DEI (6-2, 1-2)
Where, when: Santa Ana Stadium, Friday, 7 p.m.
Last time they meet: Santa Margarita won, 16-7, in 2013
Series: Mater Dei leads, 9-6
BUENA PARK - Fullerton and Sunny Hills annually split Nicolas Junior High’s graduating class, with both schools receiving athletes of all sports as a result.
Lately, Fullerton has received the football players.
Running back Ryan Rains scored twice, and both Kaene Soto and David Wagner added defensive to
ANAHEIM - Senior quarterback Leroy Hibbert scored on an 8-yard run with 4:42 remaining in the game to cap a Savanna comeback, as the Rebels edged Century, 14-9, in an Orange League game Thursday night at Glover Stadium.
The victory created a three-way tie for third place in the league. Savanna (4-5, 2-2) shares the position with Magnolia
Junior Nick Shanks returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, setting the tone for a dominating performance by St. Margaret’s on Thursday night.
The visiting Tartans improved their record to 9-0 as they defeated Dymally, 49-0, in a nonleague game at Dymally High in Los Angeles.
St. Margaret’s, ranked No. 1