Mis­sion Viejo rolls past Poly, 37-7

Los Angeles Times - - High School Football -

Even with­out star linebacker and backup quar­ter­back Tre Mad­den, Mis­sion Viejo has plenty of weapons, and they were all on dis­play Fri­day night in the Di­ab­los’ 37-7 rout of host Long Beach Poly at Vet­er­ans Sta­dium.

The USC-bound Mad­den sat out the game be­cause of a frac­tured right foot, but his team­mates did just fine, rack­ing up nearly 400 yards of of­fense and cap­i­tal­iz­ing on vir­tu­ally ev­ery Poly mis­cue.

Dal­las Kess­man rushed for 137 yards and a ca­reerbest four touch­downs as Mis­sion Viejo showed why it is ranked No. 1 in the South­land by The Times. As ef­fi­cient as the Di­ab­los’ of­fense was, their de­fense was equally im­pres­sive, forc­ing five turnovers and block­ing a punt.

“We had a great week of prac­tice, and it showed on the field tonight,” said Kess­man, who scored on runs of four, two, eight and six yards.

“Mostly, I was just try­ing to read what the de­fense was giv­ing me. Our coaches did a great job pre­par­ing us and we were as ready as we could be for this game.”

Jahleel Pin­ner added 110 yards and one touch­down in 18 car­ries for the Di­ab­los (4-0), who scored on their first three pos­ses­sions to build a 20-0 half­time lead. Quar­ter­back Alex Bridg­ford com­pleted eight of 20 passes for 106 yards and one in­ter­cep­tion.

“Even though we were ahead at half­time, Coach [Bob John­son] didn’t let us re­lax,” Kess­man said. “He told us which­ever team has the most heart is go­ing to win.”

Poly (2-2) averted the shutout when Kameron White took a hand­off and dashed 92 yards up the side­line for a touch­down with 36 sec­onds re­main­ing. Start­ing quar­ter­back Chaiyse Hales com­pleted one of four passes with an in­ter­cep­tion and backup Em­manuel Lara fared no bet­ter for the 13thranked Jackrab­bits, com­plet­ing four of 13 passes for 20 yards and three in­ter­cep­tions.

“We took the ap­proach that this was just a reg­u­lar game for us, only a lit­tle more in­tense,” said Hales, who didn’t play af­ter the first quar­ter. “They were more fo­cused than us. That’s all it was. We didn’t care who was play­ing for them and who wasn’t.”

— Steve Gal­luzzo

Va­len­cia dom­i­nates Palm­dale, 45-7

Steve Man­fro ran the open­ing kick­off back for a touch­down, rushed for two more scores and added a 58yard pass re­cep­tion for a fourth TD as the No. 20 Vik­ings (3-0) re­mained un­beaten with a rout of vis­it­ing Palm­dale.

Man­fro fin­ished with 389 all-pur­pose yards while his four scores pushed his sea­son to­tal to 14 touch­downs in

three games.

— Kevin Bax­ter

Quick hits

Rickey Min­yard and Richard Mul­laney each scored two touch­downs to lead No. 23 Thou­sand Oaks (2-1, 1-1) past New­bury Park (1-2, 0-2), 35-14…Shane Tru­elove and Coltin Ger­hart scored sec­ond-half touch­downs to push No. 8 Norco (3-0) to a 35-21 vic­tory over Up­land (3-1)….Max Wit­tek com­pleted 14 of 19 passes for 314 yards and four touch­downs to lead Mater Dei (1-2) to a 42-14 vic­tory over No. 21San Cle­mente (4-1).

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