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Mission Viejo scores 84 in blowout
MISSION VIEJO – With No. 2 Mission Viejo putting up points at a record-setting pace, a battle of unbeatens quickly turned into a devastating Diablos' rout.
Junior quarterback Ian Fieber three for 121 yards and three touchdown passes, while senior Max Redfield caught a touchdown and returned an interception for a touchdown, as the Diablos rolled past the Aliso Niguel Wolverines, 84-22, in a nonleague game Friday at Mission Viejo High.
"We came out and played really well tonight," Redfield said. "We have great players and seeing 84 points on the board is pretty amazing."
Mission Viejo (5-0) set a school record for points in a game, eclipsing the previous record of 70 set in the last meeting between the schools on October 30, 2009.
"We were rolling on all cylinders and had some huge plays," Diablos coach Bob Johnson said. "(As a team) We are still working on a lot of stuff. We have some big games coming up and we have to get ready for those games."
The Diablos' defense, which produced four interceptions on the night, set up the first touchdown of the game. On Aliso Niguel's third offensive play, senior Jessie Holmes intercepted a pass by Wolverines senior quarterback Nathan Cole and returned it 16 yards to the Wolverines 20-yard line. On the next play, Diablos running back Alex Suchesk raced 20 yards into the end zone to make it 7-0.
Mission Viejo added to the lead a little over two minutes later, as senior running back Marcus Collins took a pitch and raced 13-yards into the end zone.
Senior receiver Frank Schnicker gave the Diablos a 21-0 lead just past the midway point in the first quarter, as he hauled in a 12-yard touchdown pass from Fieber.
Aliso Niguel (4-1) answered with a 16-play, 85-yard drive that culminated with a 9-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Nathan Cole to senior receiver Alijah Arnold.
The Wolverines recovered the ensuing onside kick, but the officials ruled an illegal touch by Aliso Niguel and the ball was awarded to Mission Viejo. Three plays later from the Wolverines' 35-yard line, junior receiver Sean Modster took a short pass from Fieber, broke a tackle, and raced into the end zone to make it 28-7.
Redfield then recovered a muffed punt at the Wolverines 5-yard line, Suchesk took Fieber's next handoff and scampered into the end zone.
The Diablos' defense then added two touchdowns later in the half. Redfield returned an interception 37 yards for a score, and on the third play of the following Wolverine drive, junior Steven Macke picked off a pass and returned it 43 yards for a score.
After Redfield's 26-yard touchdown reception made it 56-7 with 3:21 left in the half, the Diablos' special teams got into the act. Senior Carlos Rodriguez returned a fumble on the ensuing kickoff 6 yards to make it 63-7.
The Wolverines scored inside the final minute of the half, as Cole found tight end Anthony Ventura from three yards out.
Cole would finish the night 34-56, throwing for 302 yards and three touchdowns.
Suchesk's third rushing touchdown of the game made it 70-14 early in the third quarter.
Junior Andrew Schuurs hauled in a 21-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Brett Tenhoff with 2:25 left in the third quarter to give Mission Viejo a 77-14 lead and break the school's all-time points record.
Arnold's second touchdown of the game from four yards out made it 77-22 midway through the fourth quarter.
A 43-yard touchdown pass from Tenhoff to junior receiver Adrien Whiteside late in the fourth closed out the scoring for Mission Viejo.