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MIGUEL VASCONCELLOS, FOR THE REGISTER
Capistrano Valley quarterback Matt Gordon is sacked by Aria Sadeghi of Dana Hills during Friday's game.

Dana Hills' smothering defense records shutout

FOR OCVARSITY.COM

DANA POINT – After a successful debut two weeks ago and an equally successful encore last week, Dana Hills' new-look defense continued its tear through the second half of the season Friday night.

The Dolphins' defense intercepted a pair of passes, deflected a punt, recorded five sacks and held visiting Capistrano Valley to just 105 yards of total offense in a decisive 31-0 Sea View League victory at Dana Hills High.

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"We have a great group of guys who do nothing but work hard," Dolphins coach Todd Rusinkovich said. "Our front four has put pressure on two great quarterbacks already and our back guys, our linebackers and defensive backs, have given us great coverage."

No. 22 Dana Hills (3-5, 2-0) was again led offensively by sophomore halfback Brian Scott, who followed last week's 216-yard breakout performance with 129 yards and a pair of scores.

"He's a great kid," Rusinkovich said of Scott. "He spent time at inside linebacker earlier this year, making tackles for us, then (Marcus) Hughes went down ... and Brian has done a great job for us since."

For the second time in as many games, Dana Hills' defense handcuffed a prolific passing attack, holding the Cougars (5-2, 0-1) — top five in the county in terms of passing yards — to just 61 yards through the air.

"Tonight was really the first time we put four great quarters together," Rusinkovich said. "We played a tough nonleague schedule to prepare us for the Sea View League, and our players have been outstanding."

In the first quarter, the Dolphins' offense turned interceptions by Michael Vogeler and Justin Scott into 10 quick points before jumping out to a three-score lead on a pair of second-quarter rushing touchdowns by Scott.

"Capo Valley is a great team so we mixed up our coverages tonight," Rusinkovich said.

"We've faced some great quarterbacks with high passing numbers and our guys have played great in all phases of the game."


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