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Never too early for a league showdown
The Century League title could be at stake when Foothill meets Villa Park on Friday night at El Modena High.
That is unless one of the other five teams defeats the winner in the coming weeks, which in this league wouldn't surprise anyone.
"You have to be on top of your game every week or you will get your hat handed to you," Brea Olinda coach Robb Perrance said.
"The league is holding true to form. Villa Park and Foothill are doing well and are extremely talented. Anybody can win on any given night. Things are shaping up to be pretty competitive, the way I thought it would be going in."
Brea Olinda and Villa Park are both 1-0 in league.
El Dorado, which was picked to finish fifth, is 2-0, coming off of last week's 24-21 victory over Esperanza.
Canyon, Esperanza and El Modena are all 0-2 in league.
The Comanches have a bye this week. Brea Olinda will be host to Esperanza and El Dorado plays host to El Modena in the league's other action.
• One key factor in the race to the playoffs berths in the Century League will be the health of Brea Olinda running back Josh Vizcaya.
Vizcaya missed the early weeks due to an ankle sprain, but he has played the past three weeks. He rushed for 103 yards in last week's 30-13 victory over Canyon.
"He's getting stronger everyday," Perrance said. "He's starting to feel good and I'm looking forward to the rest of the season."
• Mission Viejo's Garrett Marino turned in one of the top defensive performances of the season in Friday's game against Redlands East Valley.
Marino, a senior defensive end, recorded five sacks, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble as the Diablos rolled to a 52-14 victory.
Mission Viejo recorded nine sacks in the game.
• Tustin's weapons were on display Friday night.
Terence Martinez led the ground attack with 191 yards and two touchdowns. DaVonte Young was right behind him with 168 yards and two scores.
Ed Tandy had an interception return for a touchdown, and quarterback Quinnton Roberson rushed for a score and passed for one.
It all added up to another 40-point performance by the Tillers, who beat Valencia, 49-21.
"I'm glad they're playing for me," Miller said. "We had four guys that run in the 4.5-4.6 ...Martinez, Young, Roberson and Tandy. I'm lucky to have that.
"Those four skill kids are very special and we're lucky to have those guys and they make average plays really good plays."
• Estancia running back Robert Murtha set the career rushing record for the Newport Mesa Unified School District in a 24-18 victory over Sonora this past Friday.
Murtha, who rushed for 93 yards in the game, has 4,398 yards in his career. The previous record – 4,333 - was held by Binh Tran (Costa Mesa).
• El Toro's game against San Clemente on Thursday night will be aired on Cox3, starting Friday at 11:30 p.m.
Also scheduled to be televised is the Orange Lutheran-St. John Bosco game on Friday night. The game is the Fox Sports West Game of the Week.
• Correction: Capistrano Valley's Cole Robinson had 11 catches for 180 yards and three touchdowns in Friday's 48-19 victory over Beckman. Robinson should have been one of our top 5 receivers for the week.
• Here is my top 10 vote this week: 1. Santa Margarita; 2. Mission Viejo; 3. Mater Dei; 4. Tesoro; 5. Edison; 6. Tustin; 7. El Toro; 8. Orange Lutheran; 9. Servite; 10. Foothill.