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PAUL BERSEBACH, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Woodbridge's Austin DeFreitas runs against Irvine on Friday.

Woodbridge locks up playoff spot behind DeFreitas

OCVARSITY.COM

IRVINEWoodbridge looked to running back Austin DeFreitas on Friday night to earn a spot in the CIF-Southern Division playoffs.

DeFreitas came through, scoring four touchdowns and rushing for a school record 309 yards on 30 carries to lead the Warriors to a 35-7 Pacific Coast League victory over Irvine at Irvine High.

"I have to give it up to our line, and Austin and our receivers blocked very well," Woodbridge coach Rick Gibson said.

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Woodbridge (5-5, 3-2) advances to the playoffs as third-place team while Northwood, which defeated Woodbridge earlier in the season, goes as the No. 2 team.

Irvine (5-5, 2-3) needed to win to have a chance at advancing to the playoffs.

Beckman would have the edge over Irvine as an at-large entry since it defeated Irvine in the league opener.

"We knew we had to win to go to CIF, and we came out with that intensity (knowing) that this could be our last game," DeFreitas said. "The linemen did great."

DeFreitas broke the Woodbridge school record of 299 yards rushing held by Shane Harris in 1998.

DeFreitas scored on touchdown runs of 3, 13 and 60 yards in the first half, helping the Warriors move out to a 28-7 halftime lead.

Woodbridge also executed a fake punt for a touchdown when quarterback and punter Matt Callahan connected with Tyler Noble on an 86-yard scoring strike in the second quarter.

"That was not called, but that's something that we practice," Gibson said.

DeFreitas capped a big night with an 86-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.

Irvine was victimized by four turnovers. The Vaqueros' only score came when Gary Renteria scored on a 7-yard TD run in the second quarter.

"We got down early and I think that just kind of set the tone," Irvine coach Erik Terry said. "If you look at the second half, it was 7-0. We played pretty well in the second half. We got big mistakes early and got in a hole and had a hard time climbing out of it."

Northwood, which defeated Woodbridge, earned the Dennis Toohey Fence Post Trophy. The Timberwolves will receive the trophy at school next week.


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