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    Football: New Trinity Podcast ranks position leaders, grades each team

    October 1st, 2015, 11:37 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    Football teams in the Trinity League are taking their bye weeks, but Dan Albano of and Scott Barajas have been busy with their weekly podcast.

    This week, they rank their top-three quarterbacks, running backs, wide receiver corps, offensive lines and defenses in the Trinity League based on nonleague performances.

    Dan and Scott also hand out grades for each team and list a strength and concern going into league play Oct. 9.


    The 43-minute podcast ends with short comments from Mater Dei QB JT Daniels and Monarchs coach Bruce Rollinson, who channels his Trinity League passion while discussing a penalty, "Picture that in the Trinity League. It's over."

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    Football: Trinity podcast asks what happened to Santa Margarita, previews Pac-5

    September 24th, 2015, 11:15 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    Have you heard the new weekly Trinity League football podcast with Dan Albano and Scott Barajas?

    This week's episode asks what happened to Santa Margarita at Westlake, evaluates Orange Lutheran as it faces a potential crossroads game against Vista Murrieta, discusses the schedules of Servite and JSerra and takes an early look at the Pac-5 Division.


    Trinity League schedule


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    Trinity League podcast: Spotlight on Orange Lutheran-Centennial clash

    September 10th, 2015, 3:46 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Dan Albano and Scott Barajas return this week for Episode 3 of the Trinity League Football Podcast.

    The weekly show covers the impressive starts of Orange Lutheran, Santa Margarita and JSerra, the quarterback change at Mater Dei, some of the background of freshman QB JT Daniels, Servite's struggles at Bishop Amat and standout players from Week 1.

    There's also a short interview with Orange Lutheran coach Chuck Petersen, pictured, a preview of the Orange Lutheran-Centennial of Corona game Friday night at Orange Coast College and a look at the rest of this week's games.



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    Football recruiting: Servite QB Lytle lands two Pac-12 offers

    September 2nd, 2015, 8:40 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    How good was Servite quarterback Tyler Lytle's performance last week against Fountain Valley?

    The junior passed for 422 yards and has landed three scholarship offers since the season-opening game.

    Lytle has been offered by Cal and Temple, Servite football coach Scott Meyer said Wednesday night. The passer also tweeted Tuesday that he has been offered by Washington State.

    Lytle was offered by Miami in the spring, Meyer said.

    This coming Friday, Lytle and the Friars' offense will be challenged by host Bishop Amat of La Puente.

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    Bad news for Orange County's Trinity League teams

    September 1st, 2015, 11:44 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    The road to the Trinity League football title goes through St. John Bosco, and that route was supposed to be less treacherous this fall for Orange County contenders because of the departure of quarterback Josh Rosen to UCLA.

    Well, perhaps not so much.

    The Braves' new starting quarterback, senior Quentin Davis (6-2, 208), impressed Friday in the Braves' season-opening 76-8 victory at La Mirada, ranked second in the preseason Southeast Division poll.

    Davis completed 18 of 22 passes for 363 yards and six TDs and no interceptions. He also rushed six times for 60 yards.

    Davis wasn't the only breakout performer for St. John Bosco. Sophomore Re-Al Mitchell, also listed as a quarterback, rushed for 131 yards on five carries, including a 71-yard TD run.

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    The passing of two great men: Frank Ciarelli and Doc Scudday

    August 27th, 2015, 1:58 pm by By STEVE FRYER

    Two great men on the Orange County high school sports scene died in recent days.

    Frank Ciarelli. He was the father of two of the county's great coaches, Tony (Newport Harbor football and track and field -- and a throws master) and Rocky (Huntington Beach volleyball, and elsewhere). Frank had a bunch of grandchildren who were outstanding athletes. He played on the 1946 HB football team that won the Sunset League title. And he coached the Orange Lionettes softball team, which was a national power. (I saw that team as a kid at Hart Park, in the 1960s, and it was a big deal back then.)

    Frank was also a Waterman -- bodyboarder, body surfer, surfer. A memorial service is Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. at the pier in HB. Wear a lei.

    Doc Scudday. His son Brian coached here and there. Doc was at a zillion high school basketball and football games. Doc loved watching the kids compete. He always had some quality insight to offer about teams and players.

    The services for Doc Scudday will be Saturday at 10 am. at Santa Ana First Church of the Nazarene, on 17th Street. There might be a Servite lapel pin seen at that one, although Doc went to games of all sorts of schools.

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    Trinity League insider: Albano-Barajas podcast debuts

    August 27th, 2015, 10:16 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    Can't get enough coverage of Trinity League football? Well, OCVarsity has a new podcast for you.

    OCVarsity's Dan Albano has teamed with Trinity League insider Scott Barajas, former publisher of Orange County's Gridiron magazine, for an expanded venture into Orange County's toughest league.

    In their first installment, Dan and Scott discuss St. John Bosco's dominance, Servite's hire of Coach Scott Meyer, preview each team -- including Mater Dei, Orange Lutheran, Santa Margarita, JSerra -- and offer predictions on the playoff race and league MVP awards.

    Give their debut podcast a listen and return each week for in-depth Trinity League coverage.


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    Football: CIF-SS preseason polls

    August 26th, 2015, 9:27 am by By STEVE FRYER

    Three Orange County teams are No. 1 in their CIF-Southern Section rankings. Of course, two of the divisions, the Southwest and Southern, are exclusively Orange County divisions so an O.C. team will be No. 1. St. Margaret's is No. 1 in the East Valley Division, a smaller-schools division that covers a large geographic area.

    It is interesting that Santa Margarita is ranked ahead of Mater Dei in the Pac-5 Division. Our O.C. top 25 had Mater Dei at No. 1, Santa Margarita at No. 3. In a preason ranking, the difference between Nos. 1 and 3 is slim.

    The CIF-SS polls are created by coaches advisory committees. Here are the rankings for divisions that include Orange County teams. (Whittier Christian, the only county team in the the Northwest Division, was not in that division's top 10.)

    1.    St. Margaret’s (Academy)
    2.    Grace Brethren (Frontier)
    3.    St. Anthony (Santa Fe)
    4T.    Saddleback Valley Chr (San Joaquin)
    4T.    St. Genevieve (Santa Fe)
    6.    Desert (Desert Mountain)
    7.    Capistrano Valley Chr (San Jaoquin)
    8.    Brethren Christian (Academy)
    9.    Calvary Murrieta (South Valley)
    10T.  St. Monica Catholic (Santa Fe)
    10T.  Santa Paula (Frontier)

    1.    Garden Grove (Garden Grove)
    2.    Brea Olinda (North Hills)
    3.    Canyon/A (North Hills)
    4.    El Modena (North Hills
    5.    Westminster (Golden West)
    6.    Calvary Chapel/SA (Orange Coast)
    7.    Rancho Alamitos (Garden Grove)
    8.    Los Amigos (Garden Grove)
    9.    Estancia (Orange Coast)
    10.   Katella (Orange)

    1.    San Clemente (Sea View)
    2.    La Habra (Freeway)
    3.    Trabuco Hills (Sea View)
    4.    Villa Park (Crestview)
    5.    Corona del Mar (Pacific Coast)
    6.    Capistrano Valley (Sea View)
    7.    Buena Park (Freeway)
    8.    Foothill (Crestview)
    9.    Troy (Freeway)
    10.   Sonora (Freeway)

    1.    Vista Murrieta (Southwestern)
    2.    Rancho Cucamonga (Baseline)
    3.    Mission Viejo (South Coast)
    4.    Great Oak (Southwestern)
    5.    Tesoro (South Coast)
    6.    El Toro (South Coast)
    7.    Upland (Baseline)
    8.    Los Alamitos (Sunset)
    9.    Edison (Sunset)
    10.   Chino Hills (Baseline)

    1.    Centennial/Corona (Big VIII)
    2.    St John Bosco (Trinity)
    3.    Bishop Amat (Mission)
    4.    Santa Margarita (Trinity)
    5.    Mater Dei (Trinity)
    6.    LB Poly (Moore)
    7.    Crespi (Mission)
    8.    Alemany (Mission)
    9.    Orange Lutheran (Trinity)
    10.   Servite (Trinity)

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    Football: National rankings, local impact

    August 11th, 2015, 4:27 pm by By STEVE FRYER

    A poll that combines the national football rankings of Max Preps, USA Today and others to produce a composite poll has Bishop Gorman of Nevada at No. 1 and De La Salle of Concord at No. 2 in the nation. It has Centennial of Corona at No. 9, St. John Bosco at No. 10 and Bishop Amat of La Puente at No. 18.

    Servite plays three of those teams in nonleague games: Gorman; De La Salle; and Amat. Orange Lutheran has nonleague games against two of them: De La Salle and Centennial. Mater Dei plays Amat in the Monarchs’ opener Aug. 28 at Santa Ana Stadium.

    Of course, all of Orange County’s Trinity League teams play St. John Bosco in league games.

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    Football recruiting: Servite's Riley nabs major Pac-12 offer

    August 6th, 2015, 7:08 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Servite senior safety Keyon Riley (6-2, 190) has been offered by UCLA, Friars football coach Scott Meyer confirmed Thursday.

    With the offer, Riley jumps to No. 10 in the OCVarsity rankings of class of 2016 recruits. His earlier offers included Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Wisconsin, Arizona and San Diego State.

    Servite's summer highlights include capturing the Redondo passing tournament.

    Please send football recruiting news to Dan Albano at

    Please send football recruiting news to Dan Albano at

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