Capo Valley earns first league title since 1995
MISSION VIEJO - At halftime, the question every Capistrano Valley fan had was, how do you stop Aliso Niguel quarterback Nathan Cole, who had picked apart the Cougars secondary for 386 yards and 3 touchdowns in the first half alone?
The answer proved to be easy: Keep him off the field.
Behind running back Joey Beaumont’s career-high 232 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns, Capistrano Valley ran away from Aliso Niguel, 62-27, Friday night in a Sea View League game at Capistrano Valley High.
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With the win, the Cougars (8-2, 3-1) claimed a share of the Sea View League title and will be the league’s No. 1 seed in the Southwest Division playoffs.
“We’re real happy to get this win and to get our first league title since 1995,” Capistrano Valley head coach Matt Poston said. “We got through our preseason and league schedules; now we’ll see what we can do in playoffs.”
The Wolverines (5-5, 0-4) gave the Cougars everything they could handle in the first half.
Cole completed 27 of 40 passes for nearly 400 yards. His third touchdown pass came on a 42-yard connection to wide receiver Alijah Arnold, cutting Capistrano Valley’s lead to 34-27 with 8 seconds remaining in the first half.
“We knew they were going to be the best passing team we played all season,” Poston said. “We made some great adjustments at halftime, but above everything else, the kids stepped up and caused some turnovers.”
After running 50 plays in the first half, Aliso Niguel ran 11 in the second half. Four of those were turnovers, including three interceptions by Cole, who threw for only 19 yards in the second half.
Beaumont and the offense scored 28 unanswered points and controlled the ball for over 20 minutes in the second half.
“Our offense was amazing tonight,” Poston said. “(Offensive coordinator) Brian Clark called a great game, and the guys were dialed in.”
Beaumont and the Cougars will now look to win the school’s first playoff game since 1996.
“I think we can do good in playoffs,” Beaumont said. “If our offense continues to play well, our defense has been playing amazing.”