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MATT A. BROWN, FOR THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Tesoro's Preston King (9) separates El Dorado's Danny Jeffus (15) from the ball in the second quarter.

No. 7 Tesoro takes care of El Dorado

No. 7 Tesoro takes care of El Dorado

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The Titans improve to 5-0 and have a bye before they face Mission Viejo.

PLACENTIA- Tesoro started hot, cooled down but heated up again in the final moments to beat El Dorado, 27-6, Thursday in a nonleague game at Valencia High.

Tesoro, ranked No. 7 in Orange County, is 5-0. The Titans have a bye next week, then play host to Mission Viejo on Oct. 17 in the South Coast League opener for both. Tesoro won the South Coast championship in 2007, and beat Mission Viejo in the process.

El Dorado is 1-3. The Golden Hawks, CIF-Southern Section Southwest Division champions last year and in 2006, have lost three in a row since beating Kennedy in their season opener. They play their final nonleague game next week against Glendora.

The Golden Hawks might be without quarterback Kane Wilson, the Century League's 2007 offensive player of the year. Wilson, sacked twice and hit hard on a few other plays, left the game in the fourth quarter and had an ice pack on his right shoulder while standing on the sideline. El Dorado coach Jeff Bailey said he was unsure of the nature and severity of Wilson's injury.

Tesoro quarterback Robbie Picazo threw for 200 yards and one touchdown. The Titans' Preston King scored on a punt return, and Adam Mitchell scored on a 53-yard run.

El Dorado's points came from two Chase Lansford field goals.

The Titans scored on their first possession, a 13-play, 80-yard drive than ended on a 1-yard touchdown run by Isaac Tago.When El Dorado punted on its ensuing possession, King returned it 65 yards for a touchdown, and the Titans had a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.

Lansford, son of former Rams kicker Mike Lansford, kicked field goals of 29 and 28 yards in the second quarter to cut Tesoro's lead to 14-6.

Early in the third quarter, Tesoro's Bryant Chinnosrecovered an El Dorado fumble and the Golden Hawks' 46. A holding penalty backed the Titans into their own half of the field. On third-and-2 at Tesoro's 45, Picazo passed deep to Brett Gudim, who found plenty of space between the El Dorado safeties to take in the pass and run unopposed to the end zone. The kick for the extra point was blocked, leaving the Titans with a 20-6 lead.

El Dorado appeared to have scored later in the quarter on a 43-yard run by Wilson, but an inadvertent whistle blew the play dead. A touchdown would have pulled the Golden Hawks within a touchdown.

"That would have helped," said Bailey, smiling.

Mitchell's touchdown run in the fourth quarter put the victory away for Tesoro.

"We didn't play well," Tesoro coach Brian Barnes said. "We need to be crisper on offense, and we need to tackle better on defense. But El Dorado's a good football team."

Bailey was pleased with his team's effort.

"We kept playing hard," he said, "and we kept fighting. I'm proud of this team."

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Contact the writer: sfryer@ocregister.com


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