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Mission Viejo makes it look easy
CORONA - On any given offensive play, Mission Viejo gives its quarterback a plethora of different options to choose from.
All Ian Fieber has to do is choose.
The Diablos' junior signal caller completed passes to seven receivers as part of his 393-yard, three-touchdown performance in Mission Viejo's 42-17 nonleague victory over Santiago of Corona on Friday night at Santiago High.
"It's wonderful," Mission Viejo coach Bob Johnson said of Fieber's 19-for-25 evening. "I love seeing it spread around like that. It was a good night."
Fieber, an Orange Lutheran transfer, completed his first nine passes, including a pair of touchdowns (90 and 48 yards, respectively), and had 295 yards through the air in the first half to pace Mission Viejo (3-0).
"He's been coming around," Johnson said of his quarterback. "He came to us in late January, early February, and has been working hard ever since. He has a strong arm and is starting to make the right reads which is a good thing."
Max Redfield (101 yards receiving) and Alex Suchesk (88) were on the receiving end of long touchdowns in the first half, and five of Fieber's seven targets finished with over 35 yards receiving.
Senior halfback Marcus Collins added 94 yards on the ground, including a 3-yard score in the fourth quarter.
"It's real nice to have two tailbacks," Johnson said of Collins and junior halfback Suchesk. "I like it that way. You saw Collins in the second half and Alex in the first, it's certainly something we like to do; mix them up like that."
Mission Viejo's Ryan Pesak kicked off the scoring by returning Santiago's opening kickoff 95 yards, untouched, the other way.
After the Diablos' defense forced a pair of three-and-outs (including one that started on Mission's own 17-yard line following a blocked punt), Suchesk took a short screen pass from Fieber 90 yards for the score.
Soon after, Mission Viejo followed another empty possession by the hosts with a quick three-play drive that resulted in a 48-yard touchdown grab by Redfield.
After a Santiago field goal cut the deficit to 21-3, Fieber led his third consecutive scoring drive, this one culminating with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Frank Schnicker.
"It's just a win," Johnson said. "We have a lot of tough games ahead of us. They (Santiago) are a good bunch of kids. We'll be glad to host them next season."
For Santiago (1-2), Dorion Barnett had 12 grabs for 166 yards and a score.