I didn't get a chance to interview Aliso Niguel quarterback Nathan Cole after he completed 37 of 48 passes for a school-record 491 yards and seven touchdowns in Aliso Niguel's 50-41 victory over Woodbridge in a nonleague game on Thursday Night at Irvine High.
If I did, I probably would have started off with something like this:
"Impressive. Most impressive. Obi-Wan has taught you well. You have controlled your fear. Now, release your anger. Only your hatred can destroy me."
OK, I'd probably would have left out the "You have controlled your fear. Now, release your anger. Only your hatred can destroy me."
The fact is Cole, a 6-4, 220-pound senior, is "Impressive. Most impressive." He's got the frame, the quick release and the arm strength to play at the next level on Saturdays.
Cole was very much like El Toro's Conner Manning in the way he spread his passes out to all his different receivers. Cole hit seven different receivers and hit four different receivers for touchdowns.
I don't know how far Aliso Niguel will go in the Southwest Division playoffs, but the Wolverines are going to give teams some problems.
Mark Nov. 2 on your calendar because that's when Aliso Niguel plays at Capistrano Valley in the regular-season finale with the Sea View League championship likely on the line. Cole vs. Capo Valley's Mason Dossey in shootout between two gunslingers that are putting up huge stats this year.
THE THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL MADNESS SCIENCE EXPERIMENT
I used my extensive OCVarsity experience to make my picks for Thursday Night Football Madness and my mom and her best pal, Sue Wilcox, who both have absolutely no knowledge of OC Football, made their picks based on the mascots they liked the most. I called it the Thursday Night Football Madness Science Experiment. My mom went 4-1, Sue Wilcox went 3-2 and I went 2-3. I got my butt kicked by two grandmas with a combined 11 grandchildren.I'm using my mom for OCVarsity Pickapalooza Deathmatches from now on.
THE THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL MADNESS STUDS:
Nathan Cole, Aliso Niguel: See the stats above. Done deal. Cole is the real deal.
Brenden Mitchum, Aliso Niguel: He caught eight passes for 195 yards and three TDs to help the Wolverines' cause.
Jesus Pancardo, Savanna: He kicked two field goals and had two interceptions to help the Rebels beat Santiago, 20-7, for their first victory of the season.