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El Toro lights it up in South Coast return
MISSION VIEJO – El Toro can do more than just throw the football.
Sure, the Chargers have been good at that all season, and they were again Thursday night. Record-setting quarterback Conner Manning threw for 349 yards and three touchdowns.
El Toro displayed a productive running game and a nasty pass rush in a 49-37 victory over San Clemente at Trabuco Hills High. It was the first South Coast League game for both.
Chargers senior running back Jacob Furnari, running behind a quick offensive line, rushed for 194 yards and four touchdowns on 36 carries. El Toro's defense collected six sacks, five of them by defensive lineman Jeffrey Nelson.
"Our defensive coordinator, Mike Mayoral, came in with a good game plan," El Toro coach Rob Frith said. "I'm proud of the way Jacob played, the way Conner played, and the way the defense played. Jeff Nelson was an absolute beast all night."
It was El Toro's first South Coast League game since 2005. The Chargers have been in the Sea View League since, and went 4-0 last year to win the Sea View League championship.
As part of the 10-school Coast View Conference's arrangement of placing different schools in either the South Coast or Sea View leagues, El Toro's success in the Sea View League had the Chargers switch football leagues with Dana Hills, which this year moved to the Sea View League for football.
A South Coast League preseason coaches poll picked El Toro to finish fourth in the five-team South Coast League, behind, in order, Mission Viejo, Tesoro and San Clemente. The Chargers, 7-0 overall and ranked No. 6 in Orange County and No. 10 in the CIF-Southern Section's Pac-5 Division, play host to Tesoro at Trabuco Hills High next Friday. San Clemente (4-3) plays host to Mission Viejo next Friday
The 349 yards was Manning's lowest total in a full game this season. He threw two interceptions, both returned for touchdowns, giving him three for the year. Manning finished with fewer yards in two games in which El Toro had huge early leads and Manning was given the rest of the night off.
Shoffeitt had seven receptions for 90 yards and two touchdowns. Cody White also caught Manning's other touchdown pass.
San Clemente kicker Brett Miller was 4-for-4 on extra point attempts, moving his CIF-Southern Section and Orange County records for consecutive point-after kicks made to 104.