Search:

Anaheim seals playoff berth with 35-26 win over Magnolia

FOR OCVARSITY.COM

ANAHEIM - The storyline was simple for Friday night’s regular season finale between Magnolia and Anaheim. The victor would clinch third place in the Orange League and with it, an automatic berth in the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

Josh Tafoya rushed for 292 yards and two touchdowns, and Rico Kindle added three more scores on the ground as Anaheim jumped to a three-touchdown lead en route to a 35-26 win over Magnolia at Western High.

“It’s always huge to get to advance to the playoffs,” said Anaheim coach Lanny Booher, whose squad improved to 5-5 overall and 3-2 in league play. Magnolia ends the season 3-7, 2-3 in league.

Kindle started the scoring with a 12-yard touchdown run with 4:43 left in the opening quarter after the Colonists stopped Magnolia on downs.

Anaheim upped the lead to 21-0 on consecutive offensive plays in the second quarter. Tafoya capped a 92-yard drive with a 7-yard scoring run, and after Albert Herrera's 50-yard interception return on Magnolia’s next offensive play, Kindle followed with a 6-yard scoring run.

Tafoya seemingly put the game away in the fourth quarter on his 33-yard scoring run, one of six runs of over 20 yards for the junior running back.

However, Adeel Akbar kept Magnolia in the game with touchdown passes of 28 and 4 yards, the latter coming with 45 seconds to play. The extra point was missed, though, keeping the margin at two scores and sealing Magnolia’s fate.

Adeel Akbar completed 21 of 40 passes for 310 yards and four touchdowns, with Larry Cooper catching eight passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns.


See archived 'Sports' stories »
 


Other Varsity coverage:
Inland Empire
Search Players


Football:

Tesoro 14, Edison 31 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Football:

Capistrano Valley 34, Valencia 0 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Football:

La Mirada 21, Orange Lutheran 14 - 03:35 4th QT - Completed

Football:

Santa Margarita 14, Mission Viejo 48 - 01:00 3rd QT - Completed

Football:

Long Beach Poly 27, Los Alamitos 20 - 07:32 4th QT - Completed

Football:

Laguna Beach 26, Bolsa Grande 11 - 03:47 3rd QT - Completed

Football:

Sacramento 7, JSerra 28 - 01:01 3rd QT - Completed

Football:

Oceanside 28, San Clemente 28 - 04:48 3rd QT - Completed

Football:

Mater Dei 35, Bishop Amat 7 - 05:08 2nd QT - Completed

Volleyball:

Cathedral Catholic 1, Corona del Mar 3 - 4th Set - Completed