Huntley’s Week 8 list of football hits, misses and helmet stickers
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• The Cypress coaching staff is a hit this week for moving its biggest playmaker, Matthew Morrell, to quarterback for its huge league game against Tustin. I love creative strategies, and moving your best player to quarterback to get the ball in his hands as much as possible is smart. Kudos to Morrell, who is a great receiver, for accepting the change in his assignment for the sake of the team’s success.
• Trabuco Hills is a hit for earning its first win over Tesoro in school history. The Mustangs took risks, like attempting onside kicks and going for a fourth-down conversion from deep in their own territory to try and win the game. Drew Barrett and Will Burns were outstanding running the ball, combining for nearly 350 yards.
• Four-team leagues start league play this week and the ones in Orange County are some of the best. The Crestview League has all four of its teams in the Orange County top 25. The Sea View League has four teams that all have winning records and have been in the top 25 at some point. The Pacific Hills League has a combined record of 26-2 and any of its teams can beat the other on a given day.
• Dana Hills and Northwood are a hit for creating a special moment for a student-athlete and everyone in attendance. Dolphins senior Angel Garcia is a student with special needs and he ran for a 47-yard touchdown in his first varsity play. High school football is about creating lifelong memories and everyone in attendance will remember that moment forever.
• Pacifica quarterback Noah Salas set a school record with seven touchdown passes in a 45-42 win over Valencia. Some people expected Pacifica’s season to be over when quarterback Darius Cowens went out with an injury. Salas had a great game in the high stakes environment of his first varsity start and in a competitive game on the road.
• Multisport athletes performed very well last week and have all season. Foothill receiver and USC baseball commit Austin Overn had 137 yards receiving. St. Margaret’s lacrosse star and Drexel commit Makai Todd had three touchdown receptions. Servite receiver Tetairoa McMillan is a volleyball star and still is one of the top football players in the state. Play multiple sports if possible everybody.
• Orange County has a new freshman star quarterback to watch and it is San Juan Hills’ Michael “Butter” Tollefson. He completed 9 of 10 passes for 236 yards and four touchdowns, all in the first half, against Capistrano Valley. It was impressive for him to be that efficient in one of his first varsity starts.
• When I mentioned the competitive inequity of the Orange Coast League last week, I should have also mentioned the Orange League. Western outscored its league opponents 253-7 in the spring and has won its first two league games by an average margin of 56 points this season. Nobody in the Orange League can hang with them. I understand that Western moved to the league in all sports, but during the rise of “football only” leagues, Western should be back in the Empire League or a much more competitive league.
• What happened to Fullerton? In the spring, it took La Habra to overtime and earned a convincing third-place finish in the Freeway League. This season the Indians are 1-6 and lost to La Habra 50-3 last week. Fullerton has some young talent on defense, like sophomore DeShawn Cobbs and junior Kevin Knight, so there is some future potential there.
HUNTLEY’S HELMET STICKERS
• Jason Costa, Santa Ana: The senior had a rushing touchdown and returned an interception for a touchdown in Santa Ana’s 63-0 win over Saddleback. Both of his touchdowns were in the first quarter.
• AJ Guitron-Moore, Newport Harbor: He threw four touchdown passes to help Newport Harbor snap its four-game losing streak in a blowout win over Fountain Valley. The senior was the third-string quarterback entering the season.
• Lucas Short, Trabuco Hills: The sophomore had two interceptions and returned one for a touchdown in the Mustangs’ 35-31 win over Tesoro. He will play against his former team, Aliso Niguel, in the Sea View League opener for both teams on Friday.